Classic Touring Car Racing Club at Rockingham

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Craig Jamieson's Ford Sierra CosworthAt the heart of the weekend's British Automobile Racing Club programme at Rockingham are ten races for championship and series from the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, with cars ranging from the late 1950s through to 2005 putting cars from six decades onto the grid. With double-headers for each of six championships, it will be a fullon weekend for the CTCRC contenders and marks the first doubleheader meeting of 2013 after the season started with single races at Oulton Park in early April. One of the strongest grids will be for the SVG Motorsport Pre '93 Touring Car Championship, which runs alongside the CTCRC's new-for-2013 Hammerite Pre 2005 Production Touring Car Series. The season opener at Oulton Park featured a very tight finish between Craig Jamieson (Ford Sierra Cosworth) and Roger Stanford (BMW M3) and, having been pipped by half a second in Cheshire, Stanford will be eager to turn the tabkes this weekend. From the Pre 2005 ranks, it was Steve Rowles in his Proton Satria who drew first blood at Oulton Park in this category that is set to grow as the season develops. At the opposite end of the age spectrum, but just as well-supported and competitive is the Thermex Classic Saloon and Historic Touring Car Championship for cars from up to 1966. The CTCRC has its roots in the original Pre '57 Saloon Car series that started 38 years ago and the Thermex series is still home to Morris Minors and Austin A35s as well as slightly later cars like the flying Mini Cooper of Phil Manser and the Lotus Cortina of Steven Sprigg.
Roger Stanford's BMW M3

Roger Stanford's BMW M3

The Performancecar.uk.com Classic Thunder Championship has some of the fastest and most powerful cars from the CTCRC ranks and it was the Sierra Cosworth of Alexander Owen that saw off the BMW M3s at Oulton Park. In the Burton Power Blue Oval Saloon Series, a fabulous array of racing Fords will come to the grid in pursuit of round one winner Scott Matthias (Ford Escort). Finally, the Autoglym Pre '83 Touring Car Championship brings togrther cars from the late 1960s through to the early 1980s, including the mighty Rover Vitesse of Tim ScottAndrews. Complementing the impressive array of saloon and touring car racing this weekend are two races for the MaX5 Racing Championship. This visit to Rockingham marks rounds five and six of the 16-race season and the Donington Park and Croft has been of big grids and close racing. Setting the pace at the head of the field will be the later Mk3 versions of the hugely popular twoseater roadster and Jonathan Halliwell and David Chapman arrive this weekend absolutely level on points after sharing the wins at Croft two weeks ago. Jonathan Cryer and Clive Bussey lead the chasing pack, while in the class for the earlier cars it is Amy Baker and Robert Chilcott tied on points.Tags: