Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire, has begun life as a ‘logistics hub’ for the car industry – in other words the exciting oval circuit has become a storage car park. A sad end to the track that opened in 2001 and once hosted the British Touring Cars Championship (BTCC) and British GT, could host 52,000 fans and cost £45m to build. The grandstands have been branded an eyesore and will be taken down.
Peter Hardman, the track’s chief executive, said: “We have known for quite a while that things were going to change.
“There are a lot of tracks in the UK and it’s a very hard business to sustain and Rockingham is a very expensive venue to keep operating.”
A couple of dozen miles away the horse jump racing track at Towcester remains closed after financial failure. The management’s foray into greyhound racing has resulted in closure across the board. Various news stories about a purchase and re-opening have as yet come to nothing. The area is expanding its housing footprint and a good bet would be this racecourse becoming the latest residential suburb.