After months of speculation, it has been announced Rockingham Motor Speedway will cease to be a venue for racing activity following the sale of the site to an investment company keen to repurpose “Europe’s fastest racing circuit” as a storage centre for fleet and auction vehicles. The move comes after the British Touring Car Championship (Rockingham’s biggest draw) announced it was cancelling its visit to the Corby-based circuit for 2019.
The BTCC’s move follows the site’s massive grandstands being condemned on health and safety grounds following the discovery of subsidence. The 300-acre plot was once hailed as bringing a new dawn to British motorsport, but lack of profits in the years following the opening of the circuit in 2001 mean massive debts have forced the sale. We’re told all events scheduled until the end of the year will remain unaffected by the change.