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Racing at Croft Circuit Easter Weekend

Croft Circuit, near Darlington, is already gearing itself up for its second motor sport event of 2011 which will be organised by Darlington & District Motor Club on Easter Weekend (Sat-Sun 23-24 April).

Headlining the action-packed holiday bill is the DDMCs fiercely competitive Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship featuring a capacity 36-car grid comprising no less than 17 different makes of car across six classes.

Indeed, this years entry list is over-subscribed with the club having received more than 50 registrations in total.

Reigning Champion Paul Moss from Darlington will be returning to defend his crown in his Citroen Saxo, but the opposition is tougher than ever. Moss, aged 42, said: There are 14 registered for my class alone thats double 2010s number so its going to be very hard to win. But so long as the entries are going up its great news for the club, the championship and the spectating public.

The Northern Saloons & Sports Cars will be in action twice during the weekend (23-24 Apr) along with the high-speed Porsche Club GB and Porsche GT3 championships, while two endurance races for the VW Fun Cup, with all the unpredictability of driver change pit stops, will add to the weekends entertainment.

Trackside race day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday are just £12 per adult and admission for children aged 15 and under on both days is FREE. All admission includes access to the paddock where the public can meet the drivers and get a close up view of their cars. Saturdays action includes qualifying from 09.15am and racing from 11.30am followed by more racing from midday on Sunday. For further information visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk or call 01325 721815.

Moss's Citroen in particular will be a draw for many young motoring enthusiasts from across the region as it is similar in looks to the type of car they might drive on the road. But he added: Its probably got 30 per cent more power than the best Saxo on the road and pushes out about 200bhp. Its a proper race-tuned version of the car from the ground up. A lot of youngsters have some pretty well-prepared cars like the Saxo but they'd know about it if this one pulled up alongside them at the lights.

Croft Circuit Manager Tracey Morley commented: The Darlington & District Motor Club has a great following across the region and its wonderful to see that its first event with us here at Croft is over-subscribed. We very much look forward to meeting spectators over the weekend and particularly hope our free admission policy for children appeals to family audiences. Certainly, two days of very exciting entertainment are in store with us here over the Easter Weekend.

Theres also a capacity grid for the Fun Cup and sizeable fields for both Porsche championships. Its looking like another terrific weekend of action at Croft Circuit. Darlington & District MCs event follows two days of top-class motorcycle racing from the North East Motorcycle Racing Club which got Croft's 2011 motor sport season under way last weekend.

The circuit, the North Easts premier motor sport venue, has another nine events planned for 2011 including Britains biggest two and four-wheel race series, the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (13-15 May) and Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (18-19 June).

There then follows at the height of summer (6-7 August) Crofts very own Nostalgia Weekend a two-day festival themed around historic motor sport, lifestyle and fashion from the Forties through to the Seventies.

For more information about Croft Circuit a list of its 2011 race events, ticket prices/how to book plus details on supercar driving experiences (including Croft's new Ferrari 458) visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk or call 01325 721815.

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