THE FAMOUS MALLORY PARK RACE TRACK
Famous competitors who have raced at Mallory, include John Surtees who won the first ‘Race of the Year’ in 1958. While, the 1960 race, saw Mike Hailwood win and set a new lap record of 89 mph. Both Hailwood and Surtees, along with Jim Clark and Colin Chapman are commemorated with Statues at the front gate.
On 11 June 1962 Mallory Park saw it first non-championship Formula One (International 2000 Guineas) race, won by John Surtees aboard a Lola Mk4 from the privately entered Lotuses of Jack Brabham and Graham Hill. Surtees was now a major race winner at Mallory on both two and four wheels.
Whit Sunday meeting in 1964, for his first race in England in a new Formula Two Brabham – Jochen Rindt. He asked Denny Hulme if he could follow him round to learn the circuit and then proceeded to set fastest time in qualifying; despite being delayed in the race, he finished third behind the reigning World Champion, Jim Clark and his experienced team-mate Peter Arundell.
Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, the circuit hosted almost every major British car and bike championship. However on occasions there were European Championship events. For example, 12 March 1972, saw FIA European Formula Two Championship, with Dave Morgan winning in his Reeves Racing Brabham-Ford BT38, from the future Ferrari pairing of Niki Lauda and Carlos Reutemann.
Meanwhile, famously the Bay City Rollers tartan army played a concert during a BBC-organised 'Fun Day' on 18 May 1975, on a stage specifically constructed in the middle of the lake. Mallory Park has hosted all major motor racing formulae to be contested in post-war England – European Formula Two Championship, British Formula One Series.
FAMOUS NAMES AT MALLORY
John Surtees, Mike Hailwood , Jim Clark , Graham Hill , Jackie Stewart , Jack Brabham , Emmerson Fittipaldi , Niki Lauda, Jody Schecter , Nelson Piquet , Nigel Mansell , Derek Warwick , Ayrton Senna , Damon Hill , Mikka Hakkinen , Jenson Button & Lewis Hamilton.
By the end of the 20th Century, the outright lap record on the full circuit, which still stands to the credit of Johan Rajamäki, driving a Formula One Footwork-Judd FA13 in the BOSS Formula at 127.12MPH in 38.23secs. it was set on 5 May 1997.
THE INTERNATIONAL ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Motor Speedway is a modern motorsport venue in the United Kingdom and Europe's fastest racing circuit,[ hosting National & International Race meeting including BTCC & British GT races, Also corporate driving days, driver training, conferencing & exhibitions, vehicle manufacturing events, track days, testing, driving experiences and other motorsport. It is also the only intermediate oval in the UK and unique in its quadrilateral shape.
Located in Northamptonshire, Rockingham falls under the control of two local authorities. The main entrance is in Corby but the actual track is situated in East Northamptonshire. Rockingham is easily accessible from the A1, M1, A14, A43 and A6116, and is located 30 minutes from Leicester, Peterborough and Northampton.
The Circuits: The International Super Sportscar Circuit (ISSC)
The ISSC is 1.94 miles long and between 18.3 and 11 meters wide, with a maximum bank angle of 7 degrees at turn 1.
Rockingham's International Super Sportscar Circuit is used by the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as well as for most other car race events. The circuit combines long straights, sweeping high-speed bends (including the infamous Turn 1 and Gracelands) with a lower speed, highly technical infield layout.
Has 13 configurations of track, which can be used for anything from touring cars to motorcycles to rally cars. The circuit is overlooked by the 6280 seat Rockingham Building, a steel-framed, glass-fronted grandstand building containing suites, offices, bars and kitchens, and by four grandstands. Together the building and grandstands offer a total seating capacity of 52,000. The inner pit and paddock complex is accessed from the Rockingham Building via two pedestrian tunnels and there is a further spectator viewing area on top of the pit garages.
History: Construction of Rockingham started late in 1999, with the opening meeting planned for May 2001.
Motor Speedway was constructed on a British Steel works brown field site as a banked oval with the intention of bringing the American oval racing across the Atlantic for the first time. The opportunity was taken to use the infield for further circuits.
After almost ten years of planning and 23 months of construction work, Rockingham opened for business on Monday 15 January 2001. It was formally opened by the Queen on 26 May 2001
Famous Racing drivers who have race there are : Lewis Hamilton, Jason Plato, Matt Neal, Yvan muller, Gordon shedden, Colin Turkington, Felipe Nasr, Nelson piquet jnr, Kevin magnussen.
THE WELL KNOWN DONINGTON PARK
Donington Park is a motorsport circuit located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England. Donington Park motor racing circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England, which also ended the race circuit monopoly that Brooklands had held since 1907.
Its life started in the hall grounds on its service roads in 1931. But in 1933 it built the first permanent race track. In 1971 the circuit was bought by business man and car collector Tom Wheatcroft, who funded the rebuilding of the track. Wheatcroft moved his collection to the circuit, in a museum now known as the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition which opened in 1973, and has the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in the world. The Wheatcroft family still own the venue today.
Donington Park was the host of the 1993 European Grand Prix on 11 April 1993, which was affected by rain. The race was notable for the dominance of Ayrton Senna where he won the race by over 1 minute from Damon Hill, having advanced from fifth to first in the opening lap.
Racing that has or continues to race at Donington Park are F1, Worlds Sports cars, Worlds series by Renault, BTCC, British F3, British Superbike Championship, including the world famous Historic Festival Racing weekend. Bringing the venue straight up to date it is the headquarters for The FIA Formula “E” Championship.