We find ourselves in February already, with the start of the 2018 Pickup Truck Racing season only weeks away!
Back in January, the reigning overall champion Scott Bourne unveiled his immaculate 2018 Pickup Truck at Autosport International. Changing to #1, he hopes to defend his title in what is set to be an exciting year for Pickup Truck Racing. With 5 new drivers introduced at last week’s annual team meeting, we’re set to make history!
The management team have put in considerable time and effort over the winter to put together an all new look for 2018. The overall championship will be decided over 9 road circuits and will not include the Rockingham Oval championship for the first time in the championship history!
Instead, the Oval championship will be separate, run over 3 events – 2 of which will be ‘night’ events, with the third event being a Grand Final featuring pit-stops and a ‘dash for cash’ on the last race!
The road circuits will feature Brands Hatch for the season opener on 1st/2nd April where BTCC stars Andrew Jordan and Lea Wood took the last wins of 2017.
We make our first visit in a number of years to Croft on 21st/22nd April – in fact the first visit since 2007 where Gavin Seager won both races that weekend when all Pickup Trucks were 2ltr engines!
Then we make a trip to Rockingham on 12th May but this time it will be to race on the road circuit rather than the full Oval – another first for the Championship!
We’re back to Rockingham for the first ever night Oval event on 16th June – start time will be 6.30pm and racing will take place on the Saturday night only. Mark Willis will be hoping to kick off his defence of his Oval championship in style!
Then we head south to Thruxton on 7th/8th July for the first time since 2016 before heading back north to Donington Park for 21st/22nd July where in 2017 Michael Smith and Lea Wood battled it out in both races – each taking a win that weekend.
The second Oval night event at Rockingham will take place on 4th August – start time will be 6.30pm and racing will take place on the Saturday night only. Back in October, it was Mark Willis, Michael Smith and David O’Reagan who took the wins on the big oval!
The famous Lydden Hill will host the next road circuit event on 18th/19th August – another circuit the championship returns to in 2018 for the first time in a number of years – and a challenging circuit to get to grips with! Back in 2013 Paul Tompkins took 2 wins with Pete Stevens taking a race win as well.
We travel to Norfolk to visit Snetterton on 8th/9th September where we’ll be racing on the 300 circuit – it proves to be a demanding venue for the Pickup Trucks. Paul Tompkins and Scott Bourne had race wins back in 2017.
The feature Oval event at Rockingham takes place on 22nd/23rd September where the Grand Final featuring the dash for cash and mandatory pit stops will take place. The 2018 Oval Champion will be crowned here – an event not to be missed!
Wales will host the penultimate road circuit event at Pembrey on 13th/14th October – fingers crossed on the weather! It was a dry weekend in 2017 where Scott Bourne, Michael Smith and Lea Wood all took wins.
The 2018 overall championship will conclude at the annual Brands Hatch Fireworks Spectacular event on 3rd/4th November – will a champion already be crowned, or will it go to the wire like previous seasons??
To summarise – dates as follows;
1st & 2nd April – Brands Hatch (Indy)
21st & 22nd April – Croft
12th May – Rockingham (Road)
16th June – Rockingham (Oval – 6.30pm start)
7th & 8th July – Thruxton
21st & 22nd July – Donington Park
4th August – Rockingham (Oval – 6.30pm start)
18th & 19th August – Lydden Hill
8th & 9th September – Snetterton (300)
22nd & 23rd September – Rockingham (Oval – Grand Final)
13th & 14th October – Pembrey
3rd & 4th November – Brands Hatch (Indy + Fireworks Spectacular)
We look forward to seeing you in 2018 in what promises to be an epic year for Pickup Truck Racing!