Darlington & DMC Britcar Championship Meeting May 8/9th 2010
Darlington and District Motor Club take over the helm for the next race meeting at Croft Circuit next weekend (8/9th May) with the Britcar Championship being supported by the ever popular Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship, Mighty Minis, Super Mighty Minis and as a break from the 'tin tops', Formula Jedi.
With qualifying and four races on Saturday followed by a 150-minute race for Britcars, and races for each of the other categories on Sunday, it will be an action packed weekend.
The last Britcar round at Snetterton saw a packed grid of GT and Saloon cars with Ferrari, Mosler and Marcos marques being joined by BMW, Renault and Ford. Local interest will surely lay with Ian Lawson in the BMW who is joined by ex-F1 driver Mike Wilds. Ian started his career with the Northern Sports & Saloon Car Championship (NSSCC) so it will be a bit of a homecoming for him.
As expected the NSSCC sees a full 36-driver entry and an eclectic selection of cars headed by the Lotus Elan of Middlesbrough tyre dealer Mark Campbell. The Porsche 996 GT3 cup of Marcus Fothergill and the Marcos Mantis of Dundee garage owner Colin Simpson could provide serious competition whilst local journalist and broadcaster, Larry Carter from Northallerton, brings his Peugeot 206 to the grid on one of his rare outings away from British Superbike Championship duties to challenge the likes of 2009 Champion Paul Moss from Darlington in his Citroen Saxo.
Yarm's Bill Addison (Caterham R400), Hartlepool driver Mick Starkey (Ford Fiesta) and DDMC Secretary Terry Wright (Rover 100) will also be worth looking out for in the packed grid.
Three visiting championships for the Mighty Minis, Super Mighty Minis and Formula Jedi provide some close one make racing with slip streaming being the order of the day around the fast but technical Croft Circuit.
Practice commences on Saturday at 09.30 followed by racing at 15.00. On Sunday the first race is scheduled for 12.35. Adult admission is just £12.00 on both days with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE and FREE paddock and car parking.
Further information is available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815 or at
Picture attached courtesy of Ian Hardy: Mick Starkey in action at Croft.
CROFT CAR TRACK DAYS ARE BACK IN 2010
Although now much quieter and with less cars on track at any one time, the minimum guaranteed track time is one and a half hours in sessions throughout the day. A maximum of 10 cars on track per session allows for ample space to drive the 2.12-mile circuit.
Vehicles must be a 'normal road going vehicle' (i.e. no modifications), with a maximum exhaust noise level of 88dba static at 3/4 revs.
Fully qualified ARDS instructors will be on standby to assist, if required, throughout the day. However you can also exclusively hire an instructor for the day. Please telephone the circuit to book an instructor.
The cost for the full day is £152.75 including VAT but half days are not available at this time and remaining dates for 2010 are: Saturday 22nd May, Saturday 17th July, Saturday 21st August, Saturday 18th September and Saturday 23rd October.
The circuit is also available for Driving Experiences, Corporate Hospitality and ARDS Courses etc so please visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk for further information.
ADVANCE & SEASON TICKET SALE INFORMATION
With big race meetings for both bikes and cars scheduled for the season at Croft, race fans can pre-purchase tickets in advance and as well as guaranteeing entry, they offer a saving on race day prices.
The popular MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship makes a return visit to Croft over the weekend of September 10/11/12th and with close racing and big crowds again expected, demand for tickets is sure to be high so pre-booking is recommended. Advance adult tickets cost £13 (Saturday), £27 (Sunday) and £33 (weekend) and strictly limited Grandstand tickets are on sale at just £7 each.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship again visits Yorkshire's only permanent racetrack over the weekend of June 19/20th and with capacity grids and a host of top line supporting races, is one of the must see events of the summer. Advance adult tickets cost £13 (Saturday), £27 (Sunday) and £33 (weekend) and strictly limited Grandstand tickets are on sale at just £7 each.
As with all Croft events, all accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted FREE and there is FREE parking and FREE paddock access.
Season Tickets are also available as follows:
Full Season Ticket (every meeting, Saturday and Sunday) - £155 each
Car Season Ticket - £110 each
Bike Season Ticket - £45 each
More details can be found along with booking details at www.croftcircuit.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01325 721815.