Wiltshire is a county in South West England that borders Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire and is home to the world famous Stonehenge. A venue in this region of the country is Thruxton, found in Andover, Hampshire. A wide variety of events are held at this location ranging from Karting, 4X4’s, Motorbikes, Supercars and single seaters. Thruxton is also one of the many locations in the country where you can complete an ARDS test to take the first step towards racing. Along with the Castle Combe Circuit, Thruxton is also one of the fastest race tracks in the UK.
Wiltshire is also home to the Castle Combe Circuit, located approximately 20 miles from Bristol. Easily reached from the M4 motorway, Castle Combe is an ideal venue for anyone in the South West of the country. The Castle Combe Circuit is also easily accessible by train with Chippenham station being only 5.3 miles away. Castle Combe started off in 1941 as an airfield, home to RAF Castle Combe for 7 years before being decommissioned in 1948. The venue then re-opened as Castle Combe Circuit in 1950 just 18 months after the world famous Silverstone Circuit. The circuit was based on the perimeter of the old airfield and remained unchanged from the day it opened up until 1998 when two chicanes were added to the track for safety reasons. In 1997, prior to the changes to the track, a lap record was set by Nigel Greensall in his Tyrrell 022 – lapping the circuit at 130.93mph. Castle Combe have hosted a wide variety of different motorsport events over the years, with Formula 3 returning to the venue in 2001. However, this was to be short lived as a noise nuisance order was issued in 2005 meaning the venue had to reduce its noise level. With the British Formula 3 Championship and the British GT Championship exceeding these new limitations, it resulted in these events no longer being held at Castle Combe. Today, Castle Combe Circuit still host many different motorsport events ranging from championship racing to Classic car shows.