THRUXTON Race Circuit is gearing up for an action packed season with the return of its famous Easter Bank Holiday meeting and the British Touring Car Championships.

The circuit launched its Easter revival this week with the help of British racing drivers Tiff Needell and Bill Coombs, who is the current managing director at the circuit.

A diverse range of machinery will race at the Easter Revival on the 30 and 31 March, including Tiff Needell’s Lotus Formula Ford.

Easter race meetings at Thruxton began in 1968 after the circuit was revamped and proved hugely popular with thousands flocking to the races and MD Bill Coombs is aiming to relive these scenes.

Bill said: “Thruxton has a long history of great racing and high profile race events, with most considering Thruxton the premier UK circuit for F2 from 1968 to 1984.

“My aim is to recreate the feeling of those glory years with a top historic meeting that broadly speaking covers all the key categories and cars from that period.

“I am delighted to welcome both the Historic Touring Cars and Super Touring Cars to Thruxton for this event covering cars from the 1950s to 1999. The intention is for the Thruxton Easter Revival to be a permanent Easter fixture. This initial race weekend is the 45 year anniversary of the first F2 race at Thruxton and the event will build up to the big year, 2017, which will mark the 50 year anniversary.”

As well as the Easter Bank Holiday meeting and British Touring Car Championship returning, trucks, club racing and a new series for Formula Ford 1600 are also to make a comeback.