Rock­ing­ham is set to end rac­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Su­per-fast venue to be re­pur­posed for ve­hi­cle stor­age

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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 means mas­sive debts have forced Rock­ing­ham’s for­mer own­ers to sell up. Im­por­tantly, we’re told all events sched­uled un­til the end of the year will re­main un­af­fected.

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