Rockingham 920

Rockingham

Built at a reputed cost of over £50 million on site of the former steelworks near Corby, Northamptonshire, the Rockingham Speedway was an exciting addition to the British racing landscape when it opened in 2001.

Built at a reputed cost of over £50 million on site of the former steelworks near Corby, Northamptonshire, the Rockingham Speedway was an exciting addition to the British racing landscape when it opened in 2001. A five-year contract was signed with Champ Car sanctioning body CART, but the country’s fastest race lasted just two events.

The inaugural Rockingham 500 in 2001 featured a magnificent late-race dice in the fading autumn light between winner Gil de Ferran and Sweden’s Kenny Bräck. The new speedway had proved faster than expected (Tony Kanaan set an unofficial record speed of 215 mph in practice), but overtaking was difficult. However, organisational shortcomings, a barely finished facility, and worse, water seeping onto the track from below, marred the event. That prevented the cars from running until raceday and delayed the start until 4.45pm. Much had improved when the race returned a year later with Scotland’s Dario Franchitti scoring a popular “home” victory. However, disappointing attendances and CART’s financial and political problems saw the race cancelled.

Instead of international oval racing, national series such as the British Touring Car Championship entertained the crowds on Rockingham’s road courses before racing ceased at the end of 2018. The circuit was acquired by Constellation Automotive for £80m in 2021.

Oval

2001 - 2018

Type

Paved oval

Length

1.479 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Jimmy Vasser (Lola B02/00-Ford), 25.217s, 211.144 mph, Champ Cars, 2002

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Kenny Brack (Lola B02/00-Toyota), 24.908s, 213.765 mph, Champ Cars, 2002

International Short Road Course

2001 - 2018

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.443 (Miles)

International Long Road Course

2001 - 2018

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.56 (Miles)

Motorcycle Circuit

2001 - 2018

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.94 (Miles)

International Super Sports Car Long Circuit

2001 - 2018

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.052 (Miles)

Latest Races

3,404

Championships

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19,260

Results

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25,185

Drivers

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14,540

Teams

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908

Circuits

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