What a great idea for National Motorsport Week - Fast laps around an international racing circuit, and for only £2 a go! We'd certainly recommend heading for croft this weekend. Don't forget that there's loads going on during this year's National Motorsport Week - Check out www.nationalmotorsportweek.com for more info, and get out there and give something a go!
Croft Circuit is joining the likes of the Red Bull and McLaren Formula 1 teams in hosting a special event to celebrate the forthcoming National Motorsport Week (25 June to 3 July).
Public will be able to attend Croft between 10.00am-4.00pm on Friday 1 July and taken for an exhilarating high-speed passenger lap of the track by a qualified race instructor in a Caterham sportscar.
The minimum age for laps is 14 years and all Croft is asking in return is a £2 donation per ride towards its chosen 2011 charity, St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington. Rides are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Backed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the UK’s governing body of motor sport, and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), National Motorsport Week (25 June-3 July) exists both to highlight the UK’s on-going world-leading role in all areas of international motor sport as well as to showcase the wide range of opportunities open to enthusiasts at grass roots level throughout the country. A huge range of activities are taking place throughout the land with all UK-based F1 teams opening their doors for public tours. More details can be found at www.nationalmotorsportweek.com.
“It is hugely important that, as the region’s leading motor sport venue, we are involved in what is regarded as the country’s week of celebrating and raising awareness of what the sport gives back to people in terms of entertainment, inspiration for youngsters, job creation and even advancements in science. Motor sport is one of Britain’s most successful industries after all,” commented Tracey Morley, Croft Circuit Manager.
“What we are offering is a very exciting opportunity for both fans but also newcomers to the sport to experience just why so many professional racing drivers describe this as one of the most thrilling circuits to drive in the country. We’re putting this on absolutely free – all we ask in return is a small contribution to St Teresa’s to aid them in their fabulous work for the community.”
Meanwhile huge numbers of people filed through Croft’s main gate Last Sunday (19 June) for the region’s annual round of the UK’s premier motor racing series, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Honda driver Matt Neal won twice to consolidate his championship lead but rising star Mat Jackson took victory in the day’s third race in his Airwaves Ford Focus to keep up the pressure on Neal in the title battle. Among those keenly rooting for Jackson were the 20 members of the Croft Supporters Club – selected to meet him for an exclusive tour of his pit garage on the Friday evening. Earlier that day, some 30 pupils from the Highcliffe Primary School in Guisborough also attended Croft’s race paddock as VIP guests for a behind-the-scenes look at the BTCC, ‘Q&A’ sessions with some of the star drivers and even the chance to sit in a touring car.
Croft’s BTCC event received massive exposure nationwide with more than six hours of live television coverage on the ITV4 and ITV4 HD channels as well as ITV’s website. More highlights of the event are continuing to be shown this week across the ITV network, further adding to venue’s profile.
“We have been inundated with nothing but positive feedback from the public – both throughout the weekend and since,” added Morley. “In some areas our spectator banks were just a sea of colour as people showed their support for the different cars and drivers. The atmosphere was electric.
“It was also again wonderful to see so many families taking advantage of our ‘free for kids’ policy and bringing along their children to meet the drivers. We’d like to thank all public who attended and got behind the event as well as the volunteer stewards and trackside marshals who ensured both days ran like clockwork.
“The exposure on national television is of course great news for Croft and the area but we are also hugely grateful for the support shown by regional media – this is an area rich in motor sport heritage and it’s massively important and only right that we are able to compete with some of the bigger racing circuits further south and also able to shout about it. So many thanks to all the local TV, print, radio and internet journalists who also helped to make the event such a resounding success.”
A further eight top-class motor sport events are on the calendar at Croft this year. Two big dates for the diary are 6-7 August for ‘Nostalgia Weekend’ (a unique, two-day retro motor sport festival) and Saturday 3 December when the circuit hosts a competitive timed stage of the Roger Albert Clark Rally – one of the world’s best historic rallies featuring many of the cars that became a household name during the RAC rallies that toured the UK in the Sixties and Seventies.
For all event listings at Croft, ticket prices and booking details visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk or call the circuit office on 01325 721815.