Get up to speed this Bank Holiday weekend: 28th-30th August
With the weekend fast approaching, Motorsport UK looks ahead at the plethora of motorsport events taking place both in the UK and overseas, so you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Round 6 at Thruxton
The British Touring Car Championship will be returning to Thruxton for the sixth round of the season. The championship has reached its mid-point and with only five races left for the drivers to claim the lead, the competition on track is sure to intensify.
Championship leader Ash Sutton continues to defend his position, recently securing a win in the last round at Knockhill. A successful weekend was also had by runner-up drivers Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington who took P1 in the further two races. Who will get ahead of the competition and edge closer to the championship lead?
Watch the race live on Sunday from 11:10am on ITV4 or keep up with the weekend updates here.
F4 British Championship – Rounds 16, 17 & 18 at Thruxton
Alongside the BTCC, British F4 will take to the track at Thruxton to race in the next three rounds of the championship.
The last race event at Knockhill saw Argenti driver Matias Zagazeta start the weekend off on a high, achieving his first pole position in qualifying followed by a win in the first race. In the second race of the weekend, the reverse grid format favoured British driver McKenzy Cresswell who claimed an early lead which he sustained until the chequered flag. However, Zagazeta made a triumphant comeback in the final race and secured pole position after fending off Fortec Motorsport driver Joel Granfors.
JHR Developments driver Matthew Rees continues to lead in the standings, with only five points between Rees and James Hedley. Multiple race weekend winner Zagazeta continues to climb higher up the standings. With the competition heating up, this is a race not to be missed.
Catch all the action on Sunday from 11:10am on ITV4 or receive regular updates here.
Motorsport UK Wera Tools British Kart Championships – Event 3 Rotax and TKM at Whilton Mill
After a month break, the Rotax and TKM drivers will be raring to race at this weekend’s British Kart Championship being held at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire. In the last event, KR-Sport driver Archie Walker took the victory in the Junior Rotax, finishing ahead of Welsh karter Jez Williams by 1.21 seconds.
In the senior category, Potenza Racing Engines and Scottish driver Lewis Gilbert took pole position, managing to gain a three second lead ahead of his DHR competitor Rhys Hunter and third place winner Tom Edmunds.
At Kimbolton in early June, the TKM karts competed in the third event of their championship, resulting in Alistair Cresswell leading the Junior TKM class, prolonging his position at the top of the standings. Klaassen Motorsport driver Joe Fowler raced past current championship leader James Pashley, allowing the young driver to move up higher in the standings and closer to holding the trophy.
With the British Kart Championship at the halfway point, there are still plenty more opportunities for the drivers to push themselves towards achieving the championship win.
Motorsport UK British Superkart Championships – Round 3 at Cadwell Park
The final round of the British Superkart Championship takes place this weekend at Cadwell Park, often named the ‘mini-Nürburgring’ due to its challenging corners and dramatic elevation changes that tests the skill of all drivers who race there.
In the last two rounds of the championship, the competition has intensified across all four classes, with championship leaders Ross Allen (Division One), Lee Plain (F250 National), Mark Gellatly (F450 National) and Tom Riley (F125 National) are motivated more than ever to secure the final points needed to leave Cadwell Park as champions.
Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship – Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally
This weekend marks the first Asphalt Rally Championship round of 2021, the Mewla Rally, where Damian Cole could secure a record-breaking seventh Mewla Rally win.
In addition to the return of the championship, Geoff Glover will execute his 106th Asphalt Rally Championship start since his first rally stage in 1982. Alongside co-driver Keith Barker in their trusty rear-wheel drive Vauxhall Astra, the pair will compete in the B11 class against Paul Doroszczuk and Phil Turner in their more powerful Ford Escort Mk2s.
Watch the long-awaited return of the Asphalt Rally Championship live by clicking here.
Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship – Round 4 at Pembrey
The British Rallycross Championship heads to the Pembrey Circuit for the fourth round, the first event away from host circuit and season opener Lydden Hill.
Last season winner Mark Donnelly seeks to continue his lead against runner-up driver and 2007 champion Ollie O’Donovan, defending his position in the Citroen DS3 rallycross car. As it stands, Donnelly leads by one point against O’Donovan, but previous round winners Derek Tohill and Robert Vitols are edging closer to the top of the standings with each race.
Get all the latest updates here.
Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship – Round 2 at Donington Park
Sliding sideways into the weekend’s motorsport action is the second round of the Drift Pro Championship at Donington Park. After an exciting start to the season, the drifting community will be returning trackside to see more talented drifters like Driftworks driver Tessa Whittock, 2009 British Drift Championship winner Martin Richards and young driver Max Cotton.
FIA Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix
The summer shutdown is over, and Formula 1 is back! After two weeks of patiently waiting, Formula 1 heads to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The race prior to the summer break saw Esteban Ocon achieve a magnificent maiden victory for both himself and the Alpine F1 Team. Aston Martin’s best performance since entering the championship at the start of the year ended with disappointment, after Sebastian Vettel was disqualified due to providing an insufficient fuel sample.
Seven-time F1 World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton leads in the championship standings, ahead of his closest competitor Max Verstappen by eight points. British driver Lando Norris made great progress in previous races, which we hope continues for the rest of the season.
Watch all the sessions and Sunday’s race on Channel 4, Sky Sports F1, or the F1 app. Also get updates via the F1 website here.
W Series – Spa-Francorchamps
Supporting the Formula 1 in Belgium this weekend are the eighteen W Series drivers, some of which will be preparing to race around the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the first time. Veloce Racing’s Jamie Chadwick and fellow British drivers Abbie Eaton, Sarah Moore and Alice Powell have all experienced what is considered one of the longest tracks in the F1 calendar.
With that in mind, we expect to see remarkable racing from all British drivers as Chadwick and Powell battle it out for the lead position in the championship.
Watch the practice and qualifying sessions on YouTube and catch the race on Channel 4 on Sunday.
FIA Formula 3 – Spa-Francorchamps
As well as the W Series, the FIA Formula 3 Championship drivers are ready to resume racing in the next round at Spa.
At the last race, drivers Ayumu Iwasa, Matteo Nannini and Dennis Hauger claimed a race win each, with Iwasa having to fend off British driver Olli Caldwell to secure victory in race one. With only three points between Caldwell and Jack Doohan for second place in the championship standings, the British driver will be pushing himself to the limit to accrue those crucial points which will see him move up closer to the championship lead.
Watch all the racing on Sky Sports F1 and get the latest updates here.