Hill leads the field for fi­nal com­pet­i­tive event at Rock­ing­ham be­fore cir­cuit closes its doors

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Wil­liam Hill will lead away the Rock­ing­ham Stages field for what will be the fi­nal mo­tor­sport event at the Rock­ing­ham cir­cuit.

A send-off rac­ing event was run last week­end (see re­ports page 23) as the venue will be­come a hold­ing site for ex-lease cars, and will host road car auc­tions. It is closed for mo­tor­sport af­ter the rally.

Hill won the Thame Mo­tor­sport Club and Mid­dle­sex County Au­to­mo­bile Club-run event in 2017, but the rally was cur­tailed due to heavy overnight snow and the Sun­day rally was can­celled.

Now the event, which has run since 2014 ,will cease af­ter this sea­son.

It of­fers 90 miles of stages for £415, and ser­vice crews and spec­ta­tors can watch al­most the en­tirety of all the stages from the cov­ered grand­stand, with cir­cuit fa­cil­i­ties like restau­rants still open for the event.

Any threat to the win for Hill comes from reg­u­lar sin­gle-venue win­ner Paul King aboard his Milling­to­nengined Ford Es­cort Mk2. In a sim­i­lar car, Mark Jasper leads the run­ning for the Sun­day-only rally.

Ticket in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at rock­ing­ham­stages.co.uk.

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