Thruxton is known as the fastest circuit in the Britain
(Photo from: www.btcc.net)
After two rounds which have yielded five different winners in six races, the British Touring Car Championship returns this weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire, known as Britain’s fastest circuit.
Last season saw Adam Morgan, Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson take the victories in rounds, 7, 8 and 9 respectively, with all three desperate to taste success once more again this season for differing reasons.
The circuit was originally constructed in 1940 as an RAF base used in World War II with the first motorcycle race being held in 1950 before the first car race in 1952. The circuit uses the perimeter road of the runway, which is still in operation today, however before 1965 the circuit used to use part of these runways as the circuit. Since reopening after a refurbishment in 1968 the circuit has not changed, and it is this traditional feel that makes the circuit so special.
Due to the speed of the circuit and the notoriously high abrasive surface, this weekend every team will only be using Dunlop’s hard tyre, rather than the prime and option that we see throughout the rest of the year. This is due to the amount of punctures that are caused by the surface and high curbs.
Following the first two rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, Tom Ingram is the series leader, an impressive 15 points ahead of his nearest rival Colin Turkington.
Since Donington Park not much news has broken other than the Thruxton test which we covered on the 20th April, which saw Jeff Smith top both sessions during the day. The Eurotech driver has been in fine form in 2017 having claimed a surprise pole at Brands Hatch and two points finishes at Donington, before retiring in the final race of the day.
However the biggest and most important news story which has been revealed since Donington is the condition of 17-year-old Formula 4 driver Billy Monger, who is said to be in good spirits in hospital following his accident at Donington Park.
Following the awful news nearly £800,000, and over 300% more than the initial target, has been raised for Monger as people from all around the world have donated. If you would like to donate, the link to Billy’s just giving page can be found here. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/billymonger23
There is also a walk of the Thruxton circuit taking place on Saturday evening at 6:30 if you would like to attend and contribute a donation of £5 or more to help Billy.