Up to Speed: 27 – 28 August 2022
This August Bank Holiday weekend, whether you’re a competitor or spectator, there’s a packed programme of motorsport action on offer.
From Thruxton’s high-speed, sweeping curves to drift action at Donington Park and some special guest stars in the British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey, let’s get you up to speed:
Around the Clubs
Our community of member clubs have something for everybody on the bill this Bank Holiday weekend, including a handful of StreetCar events suitable to contest in your everyday road car.
Witney Motor Club’s August Irrigation Services Autotest takes place across all three days at Manor Farm in Bucknell. If grass autotesting is more your thing, then Bognor Regis Motor Club are hitting the fields at Sidlesham, or for those up in Scotland, the 63 Car Club’s Loose Surface Autotest at Blackhills, near Lhanbryde.
For those keen on Trials, head to Penrith and the Northern Phoenix Trials Car Club’s two-day August event, or to Prustacott Farm in Launcells to compete with the Holsworthy Motor Club. The North Shropshire Scatter Rally, run by the Inter Register Club, is on the bill at the Punchbowl Inn in Shropshire.
And Hillclimbing continues to thrill and excite members up and down the country, with events taking place this weekend at Harewood, Gurston Down, Eagle’s Rock, Loton Park, Val des Terres and many more!
For a full calendar of events this weekend, see here: https://www.motorsportuk.org/events/find-events/
British Touring Car Championship – Thruxton
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington leads the charge for British Touring Car Championship title honours as the UK’s premier tin-top category returns to Thruxton this weekend.
The Northern Irishman took control at the championship summit with a double victory last time out at Snetterton and arrives in Hampshire with a 25-point lead over EXCELR8’s Tom Ingram – a healthy lead by the ‘thrill-a-minute’ nature of the BTCC!
Turkington’s BMW team-mate Jake Hill sits third, albeit now by just a single point from reigning champion Ash Sutton, the NAPA Racing UK ace gaining ground with victory in the reverse grid race at Snetterton, his second of the season.
Josh Cook’s BTC Racing Honda rounds out the top five and will doubtless be looking to continue his stellar record at Thruxton, having claimed pole position, two victories and a brace of fastest laps on the series’ previous visit this year, back in May.
Live coverage of this weekend is available in the UK on ITV4.
ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Thruxton
Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne continued his charge towards the ROKiT British F4 title at Snetterton almost a fortnight ago, but victory is far from guaranteed at Thruxton, a circuit that always produces exemplary racing in single seaters.
The Irishman is 66 points clear of his nearest rival, Carlin’s Ollie Gray, and makes the trip to Hampshire looking for a repeat of his double win around the high-speed aerodrome circuit from back in May.
Gray is himself a two-time winner at Thruxton and will need a similar performance this time out if he is to keep his fading title hopes alive. His Carlin team-mate Ugo Ugochukwu is third overall, and 20 points clear of Mercedes F1 junior Daniel Guinchard in the Rookie Cup stakes.
Louis Sharp heads up a thrilling battle for fourth, with just 30 points blanketing 5 cars, the chasing pack comprised of Aiden Neate, JHR pairing Joseph Loake and Georgi Dimitrov, and Hitech’s Eduardo Coseteng.
Live coverage of Sunday’s final race is available in the UK on ITV4.
British Rallycross Championship – Pembrey
Motorsport UK Academy ace Patrick O’Donovan remains the ‘one to beat’ in the 5Nations British Rallycross Championship as the series returns to action in Pembrey, Wales.
O’Donovan arrives with an eight-point lead over nearest challenger Julian Godfrey, having returned to the top of the pile on the category’s recent excursion to Glosso, in Belgium.
Owen Robins and Max Langmaid will also ink the next chapter in their thrilling dice for the Junior Rallycross honours this weekend. The pair arrive tied on 101 points apiece, Langmaid winning from Max Watt and Robbins last time around.
Jason Bleasdale is out front in the Supernational stakes, with Dave Bellerby similarly supreme among the BMW MINI runners. Max Weatherby holds a one-point lead over Luke Constantine in the Swift Rallycross category, with James Constantine just five further markers behind.
David Bell, Ben Hardy, Tony Lunch and John Cross all retain the upper hand in the All4, RX150, Retro Rallycross and Super Retro Rallycross categories respectively.
Two guest stars also add to a bumper line-up of action at the Welsh venue, with double W Series champion and current points leader Jamie Chadwick, plus six-time British Truck Racing Champion Ryan Smith, both making a guest outing in the category.
Follow the latest from the championship here: https://www.rallycrossbrx.com/
Drift Pro Championship – Donington Park
Donington Park bursts into life on Bank Holiday Monday with the latest installment of the Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship.
Ollie Evans made it three wins from five last time out at Oulton Park, extending his championship lead over Lwi Edwards to 65 points.
Josh King finished runner-up to Evans in Cheshire and now sits third outright, albeit tied on points with Haydn Cruickshank.
Keep up to date with the latest from Drift Pro here: https://www.facebook.com/driftprochampionship/
Wera Tools British Kart Championships – Clay Pidgeon
Just a week on from an action-packed trip to Whilton Mill, the Wera Tools British Kart Championships head south, to Clay Pidgeon.
Three categories form the bill this weekend, with Mini Max, Junior and Senior Rotax all set to take to the same circuit that the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button cut their teeth around.
Scott Marsh remains out front in Mini Max, 12 points clear of nearest challenger Noah Wolfe. The pair, plus fellow contenders Harry Bartle, Sebastian Minns and William Murphy, have all won interchangeably across the three events so far, so expect fireworks up front between the title contenders this weekend.
In Junior Rotax, Brandon Carr is 22 points clear of Vinnie Phillips, but conceded ground at Warden Law. The pair have a steady lead over Gustavs Usakovs, but with over half the season still to run, it’s anybody’s game.
Points leader Kai Hunter is set to rekindle his on-track rivalry with Callum Bradshaw at the Dorset venue, the duo just 8 points apart at the Senior Rotax championship summit. Bradshaw will need to keep one eye on third-placed Guy Cunnington, however, the latter finishing second to Hunter at Warden Law to thin the gap.
Action from across the weekend can be viewed live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ksqnPR8ANo