The only oval in the UK, Corby's Rockingham Motor Speedway looks set to close it's doors to racing at the end of the current year. Having aroused plenty interest in the motorsports world when Rockingham first opened for business as the only active oval circuit in the UK back in 2001, it now appears likely that the venue will be forced to close down at the end of the current season. With new owners having taken possession of the Corby based venue earlier this year, the future of the circuit looks rather uncertain at present, with activity beyond the end of 2018 as yet unconfirmed. I recently learnt from an insider close to the Rockingham track that 2018 would be the final year of activity for this impressive facility, with plans already underway to demolish what is a now well established venue to make room for commercial development, potentially ending a short but illustrious history as one of the most unique racing venues in the United Kingdom. Rockingham was the first oval track in the UK since the closure of the famous Brooklands track closed in 1939, garnering world interest as the UK operators looked to capitilise on the American obsession for oval racing - even going so far as to host two Cart races in the early 2000's, alongside the super impressive but never quite reaching its potential ASCAR Series, a category very similar to the American NASCAR championship, and fielding some famous names such as future "Stig" Ben Collins, BTCC racing and TV personality Jason Plato, plus international drivers the likes of Nicolas Minassian, Darren Turner and Kelvin Burt. A statement from the circuit read: "A sale of Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd has now completed and as a result, there will be changes in business operations at the venue. "We would reassure all customers that these changes will not impact any aspect of events scheduled to run during 2018, nor the opportunity to stage further events this year. "Until the end of the year, the Rockingham team will remain 100 percent committed to delivering the venue and associated services as professionally and proudly as ever before. A further statement will follow shortly." With 2019 events for both the British Touring Car Championship and GT series having been cancelled already, and no activity planned for the year ahead, it very much looks like England is about to loose one of its most dramatic and diverse racing venues in many years. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Do you think Rockingham deserves new investment and to continue as a race venue post 2018? Why do you think oval racing failed to take hold in the UK / Europe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!