BTCC: Croft Circuit preview

Drivers Set For Croft Showdown Newcastle-born Jason Plato will be hoping to uphold local honour when rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship roars into Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire next weekend ...

Drivers Set For Croft Showdown

Newcastle-born Jason Plato will be hoping to uphold local honour when rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship roars into Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire next weekend (July 24/25th).

The 36 year old SEAT Sport UK driver took the title back in 2001 and currently lies in fifth place as the series enters the second half of the season with two wins to his credit but after an incident packed race last time out at Mondello Park, Plato will be seeking retribution with Vauxhall's Yvan Muller with whom he had a coming-together.

Frenchman Muller, the defending champion with the uncompromising driving style, has won four races already this season and leads the championship by a mere four points ahead of his VX Racing team mate in the shape of another local driver, James Thompson, who is also hoping for a good set of results at Croft.

The experienced Harrogate driver finished runner up last season after claiming the title for Vauxhall in 2002 and is many people's tip to regain the championship after his three wins to date.

Other race winners this year include the third VX Racing Astra of Luke Hines, the Computeach Halfords Honda pairing of Matt Neal and Dan Eaves as well as WSR MG ZS driver Colin Turkington whilst Team Honda teenager Tom Chilton has also tasted the victory champagne.

In the BTCC Independent's Trophy, Scotsman Anthony Reid leads the way in his WSR MG ZS, just fourteen points ahead of Turkington with Matt Neal back in third place.

As well as the trio of 15 lap BTCC races, an action packed support programme is also included over the two day bonanza which will see a total of 13 races.

The powerful Formula BMW UK cars will get two races, one on each day as series leader Philip Glew leads Tom Bridgman by just eight points in what is a truly international field.

Single seaters will also be featuring in the shape of the Formula Renault UK Championship with another double header on Sunday. Sevenoaks driver Mike Conway holds a healthy advantage over Westley Barber but lurking menacingly in third place is fast lady Susie Stoddart from Northampton who has already secured three podiums this season.

In the ELF/BTE Lawline Renault Clio Cup, Mardi Gras Motorsport's Ed Pead enjoys a slender seven point lead over Boulevard Racing driver Paul Rivett with TCR's Jonathan Adam in third place as they battle it out over a 12 lapper on both Saturday and Sunday.

There will be two races also for the Porsche Carrera Cup and Holiday Inn SEAT Cupra Championship competitors to round off an action packed weekend at the only permanent circuit in Northern England.

Practice gets underway on Saturday at 09.30 with the first of the day's three races commencing at 16.10.

Sunday sees a pit lane walkabout starting at 10.45 before racing commences at 12.10 with the first of the BTCC events. Thereafter nine further races are scheduled with the second BTCC race starting at 14.40 and the final feature race going at 17.05.

Adult admission costs £12 on Saturday and £22 on Sunday with accompanied children under 15 admitted free. Grandstand seating is available at an extra cost of £8 and further details are available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815.

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