Thruxton Circuit is a motor racing circuit located near the village of Thruxton in Hampshire, England which is host of a number of motorsport events including British Touring Cars and Formula 3 racing.
Thruxton Circuit was originally constructed in 1940 as RAF Thruxton: a World War II airfield which was home to both the RAF and USAAF and was used during World War II for troop-carrying aircraft and gliders, including operations during the D-Day landings; the paratroopers who took part in the successful Bruneval Raid (Operation Biting) in which German radar equipment was seized on the coast of France, also took off from here.
Owing to planning restrictions, the circuit can only run 12 days of motorsport each year. Currently, three are devoted to motorbike racing, with a weekend dedicated to the British Superbike Championship, Britain's premier motorcycle racing category; with the third day being used for club racing.
The remaining days are devoted to car racing with weekends being used for the TOCA British Touring Car Championship, the British Formula 3 and British GT package and the new for 2006 Dunlop Great and British Festival, which features rounds of the British Truck Racing Championship, the International Truck Racing Challenge as well as the staples of the festival, including the Radical endurance races.
Two separate one day meetings are run for amateur championships of the BARC, one of which is entitled the 'Thruxton Classic', which features races for Classic Touring Cars, Classic Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000. The remaining day is allocated to other organising clubs, such as the 750 Motor Club and Historic Sports Car Club. Owing to the relative infrequency of race meetings, Thruxton continues to be a popular part of the motorsport calendar.