It was opened by the Queen on May 26, 2001. Rockingham is Europe’s fastest banked oval racing circuit, with the unbeaten lap record for the oval set at 24.719 seconds by Tony Kanaan in his Ford/Lola Champ Car on 22nd September 2001 – an average speed of 215.397 mph.
Rockingham is the first purpose built banked oval in the UK since Brooklands in 1907. It has a capacity of 52,000 and has both an oval (US Style) and a road based (Formula 1 Style) track.
In total there are fourteen configurations of track which can be used for anything from touring cars to motorcycles to rally cars.
Its certainly a new idea for British Motorsport - built primarily to entice Champ Cars from the USA, it has the potential to cater for many categories of racing. It offers multiple in-field circuit configurations, featuring hairpins, straights and chicanes with ample passing and run-off areas. The oval philosophy offers a welcome change, bringing a taste of America to the sleepy Corby countryside.