Originally built in 1940 as RAF Thruxton, a World War II
airfield and home to both the RAF and USAF, the site was used for
troop-carrying aircraft and gliders during the D-Day landings. In
1946 it was decommissioned and from 1950 it was used for
motorsport. Motorcycling was the first sport to be staged there,
with four-wheeled racing commencing from 1952. Thruxton is one of
the fastest circuits on the British Superbike Championship calendar
and one which has hosted events as varied as World Endurance
motorcycles, European F2 cars and trucks. The demands of the
circuit range from the long, fast straights and flowing corners to
tight, demanding Complex and Chicane sections.
Ian Lowry sensationally secured a maiden race victory following
a hard-fought slip-streaming battle in the first of the two races
at the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike
Championship at Thruxton.
The Ulsterman had been on the pace throughout the weekend and he
harassed reigning champion Tommy Hill for much of the first race
and as the Swan Yamaha rider struggled for pace in the closing
stages, Lowry timed his move at Campbell to perfection.
Aussie Josh Brookes snatched the victory for Tyco Suzuki in race
two with a dramatic last lap move to deny Hill, who had to settle
for second best again just ahead of the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
duo of former two times title winner Shane Byrne and Stuart
Thruxton is readily accessible from both the M3 and M4. Once on
the A303, follow signs for Thruxton Circuit only, ignoring signs
for Thruxton village. Upon leaving the A303 follow signs for
Thruxton Circuit. There is a main line train station in Andover (10
minutes away) which runs from Waterloo.
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