This weekend (August 21st/22nd) sees competitors on two, three and four wheels converge on Croft Circuit for theCroft traditional Battle of Britain race meeting organised once again under the expertise of Darlington & District Motor Club.
The meeting is unique in as much that it runs cars, bikes, and sidecars at the same meeting whereby competitors get the chance to race at North Yorkshire’s premier motorsport venue which only next month hosts the Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The Battle of Britain event is the premier meeting for Darlington & District Motor Club and this year variety is very much the order of the weekend as normal. Saturday’s action will see the Focus Cup, with one of Sunday’s highlights being the SLS series. Other series includes the British Clubman's Championship, Modsports (Knockhill), FRSA F2 and Pre-injection sidecars, and various classes of solo motorcycles.
The popular Northern Sports & Saloon Car Championship will also see full grids over the races in the various classes, culminating with the prestigious Battle of Britain Trophy being awarded to the overall winner during an action-packed weekend.
Having originally been staged at the track near Darlington when it opened its doors as Croft Autodrome back in 1964, and in deference to Croft’s aerodrome roots and its role as the most northerly Bomber Base in the UK during the Second World War, under the command of the Royal Canadian Air Force, for many years, the traditional August Bank Holiday highlight, was the Battle of Britain race meeting which regularly drew crowds of up to 30,000 who were wowed by the on-track action and captivating aerial displays from the spectacular Red Arrows and a thunderous Lancaster Bomber.
The event raised substantial funds for charity and local heroes always featured prominently, including motorcycling ace Ken Redfern, car racing front-runners Andy Barton and Ron Harper and sidecar stars Matt Hobson and Colin Appleyard. What’s more, the meeting became so well established on the annual motor sport calendar that by the 1970s it was attracting sponsorship from global oil giant Texaco and drivers of the calibre of legendary world champions James Hunt and Barry Sheene as well as multiple grand prix-winner Patrick Tambay to perform demonstration runs and present trophies.
Practice gets underway at 9.30 on Saturday at 12.00 on Sunday. Adult admission costs £15.00 per day (plus booking fee if ordered in advance) with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free. Further details are available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815 and at www.croftcircuit.co.uk.
It is now just a month before the biggest motorsport event takes place in the region with Croft Circuit gearing up to welcome the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. Advance tickets are selling fast but are still available for a limited time for the meeting on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September so to avoid disappointment, book early.
Tickets are priced at just £12 for Saturday entry (BTCC Qualifying), £28 for Sunday (BTCC Race Day) or £38 for the full weekend. Accompanied children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge, with tickets for 13-to-15-year-olds beginning at £3.