To cap off a sizzling August, a host of celebrity favourites will gather at Rockingham to sample the Minardi Formula One team's 'Thunder at the Rock' and take in a performance from current rock phenomenon The Darkness.

Pop performer-cum-speed freak Jay Kay, and soccer stars Teddy Sheringham and Matthew Upson are amongst the celebrities who have already agreed to partake in the high performance day, having jumped at the chance to be spun around the track by professional drivers in one of the only two-seater Formula One cars in the world.

Complementing the excitement provided on track by Formula One and V8 American saloon racing, Formula One pit-stop demonstrations, autograph sessions, a fun fair and other off-track activities ensure that there is always something to do.

Then, once the action is over, fans and celebs alike will be able to watch a live performance by The Darkness.

Dubbed the 'greatest rock'n'roll band of the last twenty years' by Kerrang! magazine - and winning two awards at the Kerrang Awards - the latest music phenomenon wowed the crowd as one of Robbie Williams' support acts at this year's Knebworth concerts.

The show will provide fans with possibly the best chance of seeing one of the hottest new names, as The Darkness have sold nearly all available tickets for their 16-stop national tour!

"Not only are The Darkness one of the most exciting bands of the moment, they'll be watched by other household names here at Rockingham," Ashley Pover, Rockingham's CEO, commented, "Formula One racing, The Darkness and big, big names - it'll be a fantastic weekend and we're expecting record crowds."

Practice runs for the cars will take place on Friday [29 August], with a whole weekend of action-packed fun to follow.

Among the leading drivers who have already confirmed their attendance are current Minardi Formula One team-mates Jos Verstappen and Nicolas Kiesa, the team's test driver Gianmaria 'Gimmi' Bruni, top Indy Racing League oval racer Bryan Herta and recent F3000 frontrunners Giorgio Pantano and David Saelens.