Pickups to race on Mallory oval
Pickup Truck racing is set to return to the Mallory Park oval next year after Motorsport UK granted a licence for the circuit to be used again.
Pickups last raced there in 2005, but the closure of Rockingham prompted the series to work with circuit officials to bring the oval back into competition.
Oval racing has been an important part of the Pickup championship, which was the only category to use the Rockingham oval in recent years. It now has two meetings scheduled at Mallory next year and series boss Sonny Howard hopes to add more in future seasons.
“With the demise of Rockingham, everybody said it would be the end of Pickup racing but that is not the case,” said Howard. “After Rockingham [closing] we want Pickups to still put on a show. We are going back to racing on the circuits again and we’ve got six rounds with the British Truck Racing Championship. But I believe the icing on the cake is the return to Mallory Park’s oval.
“Twenty-two years ago Pickups started racing under Eurocar. It will keep that part of the series going and that’s important – it makes Pickups unique.
“We’re going to try to make those events into something special and will work with Mallory Park to promote the events, and we’re hoping to bring in other products so it ends up being a whole day [of entertainment]. It won’t just be a clubbie race meeting with trucks on the oval.”
Only the Pickups will be allowed to compete on the oval in 2019 and they won’t run anti-clockwise as they did previously.
The Pickups will be one of three series that Howard’s SHP concern will run next season. The British Automobile Racing Club has handed SHP a three-year contract to operate the Intermarque championship, which Howard has renamed Super Silhouettes for 2019.
The final part of the so-called ‘Power of Three’ is a new series for Us-style Sprint racers, which Howard says was originally designed with the Rockingham oval in mind but has now been adapted for regular tracks.
Pickups last raced on Mallory Park oval in 2005