Blockbuster wheel-to-wheel entertainment took centre stage at Thruxton Circuit today (Saturday 3 July ) as a bumper crowd flocked through the gates for the first day of the inaugural ‘Convoy on the Plain’ spectacle.
Spectators descended on the Hampshire venue to soak up what was an enthralling days racing around the fastest circuit in the UK.
Headlining Saturday’s schedule were two races from the British Truck Racing Championship. Weighing in at more than five tonnes and producing in excess of 1000bhp each, the heavyweight behemoths served up a pair of colossal contests.
Five-time Division 1 champion Ryan Smith reigned supreme in the both encounters whilst there was a victory apiece for Craig Reid and Adam Bint amongst the Division 2 ranks.
From the titans of truck racing to the pocket rockets of the Mighty Minis Championship, where sensational slipstreaming had fans on the edge of their seats. Following an almighty scrap for outright honours, Greg Jenkins edged Stuart Coombs to score victory.
Additional single-make thrills and spills were provided by the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup with Toyo Tires, where Alex Cursley claimed a commanding win to the tune of more than 13 seconds.
The Caterham Graduates Championship kicked off its weekend with two races and they, like the Mighty Minis, staked their claim to steal the show. In the Sigmax/Sigma 150 bout, Jamie Ellwood charged to victory before Harry Senior did the same in the Sigmax/Sigma 135 race.
Capping off the day’s track action were a pair of races from BARC Red, which were won by local ace Jamie Sturges in his Volkswagen Golf TCR.
Away from the racing, those in attendance had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a glittering array of Show Trucks, all of which are situated around the outside of the opening corner, amongst other attractions too.
Convoy on the Plain will continues tomorrow (Sunday 4 July) with another action-packed day of racing, with the British Truck Racing Championship, Mighty Minis, Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club and more hitting the track.
Tickets are available to purchase on the gate. Children 15 and under go free.