I've been thinking about Rockingham today. When I first heard the news that the circuit would close at the end of the year, I was equal parts unsurprised and unmoved. It's always a real shame to hear of a circuit folding, but Rockingham was originally aimed at a market that didn't exist in the UK, had never made money, and while it was quite enjoyable to drive it would never feature in the same league as Cadwell, Oulton, Brands, Donington.. we have truly stunning circuits in this country, and this was never one of them.
And yet... Now it feels like a huge loss. I've had two brilliant races there, one a fightback through the field in the wet - and anyone who's driven a wet Rockingham will know it has the uniquely slippery ability to make you feel like you have about 800bhp, even in a fairly slow car! - and one possibly the best-matched battle of my racing career so far. Fond memories both. It was also the scene of one of very few laps I felt I absolutely nailed, for class pole in 2017. Sitting here now, I realise it has a lot of unique experiences - committing flat in fifth to a corner at 115mph is now reserved only for Thruxton, which we never seem to race at. Changing *up* to fourth before going full-throttle through Pif-Paf will be a thing of the past. Not to mention that magic little patch of new tarmac in the final chicane, where you could wildly overcommit and skitter off-line until you reached that super-grippy section that caught the car for you.
I'm going to miss it. And I'm actually very glad that my car will be present for the last lap anyone does of this misunderstood, oddball circuit - @trackaddict
's day on 8th December. I take pride in my car being out to take the chequered flag at every single event it's ever been to, but that time, it'll be bittersweet.