Croft Circuit pre-race notes

BRITISH F3 ACTION HEADS FOR CROFT This weekend (May 7th and 8th) sees rounds five and six of the 2005 British F3 International Series visit Croft Circuit for the first of three headline events this summer at the North Yorkshire...


This weekend (May 7th and 8th) sees rounds five and six of the 2005 British F3 International Series visit Croft Circuit for the first of three headline events this summer at the North Yorkshire track.

With a superb line-up of supporting races as well as the UK's premier single seater championship, the two day event promises to be an exciting spectacle for local fans who will get the chance to see Grand Prix stars of the future in action.

With the previous rounds at Spa Francorchamps being cancelled due to bad weather, Brazilian Danilo Dirani leads the championship following a double victory at Donington Park last month whilst Australian Barton Mawer heads the points standings in the National class for 2004 cars.

Otley's Charlie Hollings will be gunning for a local victory in the National class following his pole at Spa whilst Swinton's Dan Clarke lies third in the Championship in the car part owned by F1 star Kimi Raikonnen and will by doing likewise.

Joining in the action will be competitors in the British GT3 Championship with Londoner Piers Masarati leading the series with Greek driver Dimitris Deverikos after the pair took victory in their Porsche in the opening round at Donington. However, David Dove from West Yorkshire will be hoping to mark his return to the class in style following a career racing in the Ferrari Challenge.

And there will be plenty of local interest in the support classes which includes classes for the John Cooper Mini Challenge, UK Formula Ford Championship and AVO Ginetta Championship.

Leeds driver Stewart Linn is defending champion in the Ginetta series but had a disaster at the opening round so will be looking to make amends as he hunts down series leader Matt Nicol-Jones and keep an eye out too for local driver David Willoughby from Bishop Middleham.

Barnard Castle's Andrew Bentley is in action in the Formula Ford class, as indeed is Hexham driver Linton Stutely who also makes his debut in the series headed by Irishman Charlie Donnelly.

The John Cooper Mini Challenge will see Whitley Bay's Alan Taylor competing in the club class in the championship winning car from last season whilst Morpeth garage owner Arthur Forster heads the S class championship series following a win at Donington.

Saturday's action starts with qualifying from 9.15 with the first one hour race for the British GT cars getting underway at 13.40. Thereafter races follow for the John Cooper Mini Challenge (15.00) and AVO Ginetta Championship (15.35) before a final qualifying session gets underway for the Formula Ford competitors at 16.10.

Sunday will see racing from 12.00 with the first of the British F3 International Series races over 18 laps with a further seven races for the various classes during the course of the afternoon.

Adult admission costs £10 on Saturday and £18 on Sunday with accompanied children aged 15 years and under admitted FREE whilst Grandstand seating costs an extra £7 or a weekend ticket, just £28.


With two more big race meetings scheduled for the summer at Croft, race fans can pre-purchase tickets in advance and as well as guaranteeing entry, they offer a huge saving on race day prices.

The increasingly popular Bennetts British Superbike Championship makes a return visit to Croft over the weekend of June 4th and 5th and with record crowds at a number of rounds already this season, 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 £25 in advance. Strictly limited Grandstand tickets go on sale at just £8 and more details can be found along with booking details at or by calling the ticket hotline on 01325 721815. Bike season tickets, costing £60 are still available also.

Details are also available for advance ticket purchases for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on July 16/17 via the above.

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Series BF3
Drivers Charles Hollings , Arthur Forster , Piers Masarati , Charlie Donnelly , Danilo Dirani , John Cooper , Daniel Clarke , Dimitris Deverikos , David Dove , Stewart Linn , Alan Taylor