BTCC: Series Croft preview

BTCC BATTLE TO RESUME AT CROFT The HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its 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 (May 31/June1) The...

BTCC BATTLE TO RESUME AT CROFT

The HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its 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 (May 31/June1)

The North Yorkshire circuit never fails to draw a huge BTCC race day crowd and in 2008, with the championship at its most competitive and exciting for a decade, tens of thousands of fans are expected to file through the gates to see their heroes including Newcastle's own Jason Plato do battle with Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal.

Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the BTCC headline the bill on 1st June which includes a further seven races from supporting categories to keep the fans entertained and with Croft's location, just off the A1 motorway near Darlington, means it is within easy reach of North East BTCC fans, who are regarded as some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable in the UK.

Meanwhile Plato, who was raised and went to school in Newcastle, is very much the local hero whenever the BTCC visits Croft. The 2001 Champion took his second win of the season at Thruxton in Hampshire recently and will be looking for more of the same in front of his home audience.

Driving SEAT's new diesel-powered Leon TDI, the 40 year old currently lies second in the standings to Vauxhall's Italian superstar Giovanardi who pipped him to last year's crown. But with eight different winners from the season's opening twelve races, predicting a winner is almost impossible.

There will also be plenty of cheering trackside for the Boldon-based team Robertshaw Racing which fields a Chevrolet Lacetti for Newcastle's Harry Vaulkhard and a Honda Integra for Whitley Bay driver Alan Taylor, who runs several top-line seafood restaurants in the city. 22 year old Vaulkhard will go into his home event off the back of his first points-scoring finish in what is his first season of racing in Britain's toughest car race championship.

The schedule includes thirteen races in total, the latest three BTCC rounds plus another ten races from the supporting Formula Renault, Ginetta Junior, Renault Clio, Porsche Carrera and SEAT Cupra Championships whereby local farmer Robert Lawson from Barton will be looking to continue his great start to the season as he leads the championship for the latter.

The circuit's pricing strategy also means great value for money entertainment not just to enthusiasts but also families. Adult tickets cost just 12 GBP on Saturday and 25 GBP on Sunday and admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE. More details are available from Croft circuit's website www.croftcircuit.co.uk or by calling 01325 721815.

The price includes entry to the paddock and popular morning Pit Lane Walkabout session when the public can meet the BTCC stars for autographs, photos and giveaways.

HiQ BTCC Night for North East fans

Drivers Harry Vaulkhard, Alan Taylor and Martyn Bell will all welcome fans to HiQ's Meynell Road store in Darlington next Thursday (29th May) for an evening of fun ahead of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at Croft.

Tyneside drivers Vaulkhard and Taylor, along with their team Robertshaw Racing, will have their Chevrolet Lacetti and Honda Integra BTCC race cars and they'll be joined by Bell from 6.30pm-8.30pm to sign autographs and answer questions for enthusiasts.

Admission is free and HiQ will also lay on food and drink for the public and also give away ten pairs of tickets to go and watch Croft's BTCC action on Sunday 1st June. Race simulators will add to the entertainment.

-credit: btcc.net

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Matt Neal , Harry Vaulkhard , Alan Taylor