Thruxton announces safety improvements

Thruxton owners BARC have announced safety improvements to Church bend, the circuit's fastest corner, after three crashes there during this year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting.

In separate incidents, Nick Foster, Ollie Jackson and Simon Belcher all left the circuit at Church bend.

Nick Foster was among those to crash at Thruxton this year

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

After a consultation lasting more than four months, and involving motorsport's governing body the MSA, as well as the Environment Agency and local planning department, the circuit has applied for planning permission to change the elevation of the run off area, remove shrubs, and replace the tyre barrier with Armco and belted tyres.

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Thruxton "won't make kneejerk changes" following crashes

Thruxton managing director Bill Coombs says the circuit won't make kneejerk changes to the track in the wake of three high speed crashes at Church bend.

Church is the fastest corner in British motorsport and on Sunday saw three cars leave the track, with the Toyota Avensis of Simon Belcher vaulting the tyre barrier upside down before landing in the bushes beyond.

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Standings after round 9 - Thruxton

  • 1 Andrew JORDAN 141
  • 2 Gordon SHEDDEN 133
  • 3 Colin TURKINGTON 123
  • 4 Matt NEAL 110
  • 5 Jason PLATO 106
  • 6 Rob COLLARD 88
  • 7 Mat JACKSON 79
  • 8 Sam TORDOFF 75
  • 9 Adam MORGAN 49
  • 10 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI 47
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