Pickup Trucks return to Rockingham for second oval encounter

11 May 17

The Pickup Truck Racing Championship returns to Rockingham this weekend for the second time this season as it stages its fourth event of the campaign.

Taking to the infamous oval circuit of the popular Corby-based venue, the Pickups will clock average speeds of well over 100mph as they get to within centimetres of each other and the concrete bankings.

With two wins to his name already, Scott Bourne finds himself as the early championship leader. A model of consistency to date, Bourne holds a 100 point advantage at the summit of the standings and will be keen to extend that around Rockingham.

Hot on his heels is Mark Willis, a driver who knows how to win the in the series. Emerging as the top points scorer at the opening Rockingham oval meeting last month, namely taking a win, Willis will look to continue his fine form around the high-speed bowl in a bid to stop Bourne’s momentum.

Another driver to keep an eye will be former BTCC racer Lea Wood. Running eventual champion Freddie Lee close to the title last year, Wood has nothing but championship silverware on his mind this year.

Taking his first win of the season at Pembrey last time out, the Morris Lubricants-driver is getting better every time he takes to the oval configuration and could well be the pace-setter during the weekend.

Rounding out the top five in the points at the moment is Michael Smith and Paul Tompkins, both of whom will be looking to close the gap to those ahead of them.

Other notable names to look out for across the three races this weekend include Mel Collins, Paul Jones and Paul Poulter – the latter winning at Rockingham earlier in the year.