BTCC: Croft Circuit pre-race notes, schedule

LOCAL ACES SET FOR BTCC SHOWDOWN AT CROFT The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its one and only visit of the year to the North East when Croft Circuit near Darlington plays hosts to round four of the popular series next...

LOCAL ACES SET FOR BTCC SHOWDOWN AT CROFT

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its one and only visit of the year to the North East when Croft Circuit near Darlington plays hosts to round four of the popular series next weekend (June 2/3).

This year, the BTCC year celebrates a decade of racing at Croft which in the past few years has attracted record crowds to watch the championship and the home crowd will have plenty to cheer with a number of local drivers once again expected to be to the fore.

Newcastle-born Jason Plato will arrive at Croft leading the drivers' standings having won four of this year's opening nine races in his SEAT Leon. Also on the 25-strong grid is Durham driver Simon Blanckley in his sibsport team's Honda Integra meaning tens of thousands of fans, many knowing this is their only chance of the year to see the BTCC in action, are again expected to flock to the challenging circuit.

But one man they will have to beat is defending double champion, Matt Neal, who lists Croft as his favourite track and is already a race winner this year in his new Team Halfords Honda Civic. Neal currently lies fourth in the BTCC standings behind SEAT star Plato and Vauxhall team-mates Fabrizio Giovanardi and Tom Chilton.

Practice gets underway on Saturday at 9.30 with Sunday's ten race schedule starting at 12.00 noon and including the latest three BTCC rounds plus another seven races from the supporting BMW, Porsche and SEAT championships whereas in the Renault Clio Cup, local farmer Robert Lawson from Richmond will be looking to improve on his third position in the championship.

Timetable

Saturday, 2nd June
09.30 -- 10.10 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
10.20 -- 10.40 Qualifying Formula Renault UK with Michelin
10.50 -- 11.10 Qualifying Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship
11.20 -- 11.40 Qualifying Formula BMW UK Championship
11.50 -- 12.30 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
13.30 -- 13.50 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
14.00 -- 14.35 Qualifying ELF Renault Clio Cup
14.45 -- 15.05 Qualifying Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship
15.15 -- 15.35 Qualifying Formula BMW UK Championship
15.45 -- 16.15 Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
16.25 Race Formula Renault UK with Michelin
17.00 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
17.35 Race ELF Renault Clio Cup
17.55 Race ELF Renault Clio Cup

Sunday, 3rd June
10.20 -- 11.10 Pits Walkabout/Autograph Session
11.30 BTCC Driver Parade
12.01 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
12.40 Race Formula BMW UK Championship
13.20 Race Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship
14.00 Race Formula Renault UK with Michelin
14.45 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
15.25 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
16.05 Race Formula BMW UK Championship
16.50 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
17.25 Race ELF Renault Clio Cup
17.55 Race Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship

Admission costs £12.00 per adult on Saturday and £25.00 on Sunday with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE on both days. Prices include free access to the BTCC paddock and the hugely popular Pit Lane Walkabout when the public, including children, is invited into the Croft pit lane to meet the drivers for autographs and giveaways.

For more information about the BTCC, including latest news and photos, visit the championship's official website www.btcc.net and further information on the meeting is at www.croftcircuit.co.uk or from Claire Jones on 01325 721815.

ADVANCE TICKET SALE INFORMATION

The increasingly popular 2007 Bennetts British Superbike Championship makes a return visit to Croft over the weekend of August 11/12th and with record crowds again expected, demand for tickets is sure to be high so pre-booking is recommended.

Adult admission costs just £12 for Saturday in advance whilst a Sunday ticket costs just £20 or a weekend admission pass is priced at £28 in advance. Strictly limited Grandstand tickets go on sale at just £5 and more details can be found along with booking details at www.croftcircuit.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01325 721815.

-credit: croft circuit

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Tom Chilton , Jason Plato