Village, Church, Brooklands… then hard on the brakes into Club chicane.
Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK and at 2.356 miles is also one of the longest.
The circuit is located 5 miles west of Andover in the county of Hampshire and was originally built in 1940 as RAF Thruxton. During 1942 and 1943 the airfield was used by many different RAF squadrons. In 1944 the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) arrived. The airfield was used during World War II for various purposes including operations during the D-Day landings.
1950 saw the arrival of motor racing, initially bikes and then in 52, cars.
Thruxton now plays host to a number of different racing categories and high profile championships such as the MCE British Superbikes and the British Touring Cars.
2018 will see Thruxton celebrate 50 years – The first motorsport event to be held in the venue’s current guise was in March, 1968.
The Thruxton Centre – Thruxton Circuit’s new, £2 million state-of-the-art hospitality facility – will be officially opened at 12:00 noon on Sunday, 3 June by 31-time Grand Prix-winner and 1992 Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell CBE alongside his lifelong friend and semi-retired motorsport commentator and journalist, Murray Walker OBE.
Hampshire driver Rob Collard (racing for WSR) was pleased with progress made to the set-up of his BMW and qualified 13th, convinced that he is in a strong position to race through the pack on Sunday.
Rob, at his home track, is set to start his 450th BTCC race on Sunday, and is keen to follow-up his victory here last year with another, which would bring his career wins tally to 15.
Rob said: “We’ve been working hard in the two practice sessions to find the right balance and I was a lot more confident in the high-speed corners during qualifying. Starting from 13th is a good position for me to race from. I think our car can be very competitive and I think the heat might effect some of the front-wheel drive cars around us.”
2018 race dates:
DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 May 2018
THRUXTON 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 June 2018
BRITISH TRUCKS RACE MEETING
Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 July 2018
BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 August 2018
CLASSIC SPORTS CAR CLUB RACE MEETING
Saturday 18 – Sunday 9 August 2018
BRSCC RACE MEETING
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 September 2018
Team BMW to defend BTCC 2018 titles with Turkington and Collard
Photos of BTCC 2017 at Thruxton
Photos of BTCC 2016 at Thruxton
Photos of British Superbikes at Thruxton
Hampshire drivers podium success at BTCC 2015
Photos of BTCC at Thruxton 2015
The MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton 9-10 May 2015
The MSA Formula Championship at Thruxton 9-10 May 2015
British Superbikes at Thruxton 2013
British Superbikes at Thruxton 2012