Sunday, 3 October 2010

Keep turning right - 2010 Somerset Grand Prix

Yesterday I took a couple of hours off to visit Oak Tree Arena home of Somerset Raceway. Finding it was none to easy as the track, which opened in 2008 has yet to be photographed for Google Earth, however it's off Junction 22 of the M5 on the A38 heading for Bridgewater, a tad south of Burnham Without.

I didn't spot the signage first time but a local resident kindly pointed me in the right direction.

Above Dan Lewis Class 5 Mini.

This weekends event was billed as the Somerset Grand Prix, a round of the 2010 National Autograss Championship, hosted by the South Somerset Auto Grass Club under the National Autograss Sport Associations governance.

Above Otis Williams, Class 1 (Junior), Mini.

NASA promotes Autograss as a family sport catering for Juniors aged 12

Above, Paul, Fackerells, Class 10, Special.

with Seniors starting at 16 and allegedly running up to and over 70 !

Above, John Gays Class 7 Suzuki SC100.

Cars run in 10 classes which split into bodied

Above open wheel Specials.

and space frame open wheel specials.

Above Peugeot 205 & Vauxhall Nova.

NASA Autograss racing is a non contact sport run professionally for amateurs, the racing is close, and atmosphere friendly. I look forward to watching how the the Oak Tree Arena develops as a venue in the future. One things for sure I'll certainly be going back.

Further NASA fixtures can be seen here. Information about the South Somerset Autograss Club can be found here.

Don't forget to come back now ! Hear ?

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