Croft Circuit is readying itself for an action-packed weekend on the 18/19 September as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship speeds into North Yorkshire for the latest chapter of what has already been a blockbuster 2021 campaign so far.
As the series begins to reach the business end of the season, three high-octane contests around the challenging 2.1-mile track will headline what has all the makings of being an event to remember.
Playing host to the BTCC last year - albeit behind closed doors - this weekend is set to be a significant one for Croft as it gets set to welcome an expected bumper crowd trackside to watch Britain’s premier motorsport series in action for the first time in more than two years.
Reigning champion Ashley Sutton enters the seventh event of the year as the driver to beat having extended his lead in the championship to 30 points last time out at Thruxton. Chalking up his fourth win of the season, the Laser Tools Racing driver has been in superlative form and will be one of the favourites to triumph.
Behind, just 11 points split the drivers that round out the top five. Tom Ingram leads the chase for Sutton in his Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai ahead of BTC Racing’s Josh Cook, MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington.
Four-time champion Turkington will undoubtedly be one to watch having donned the mantel of being the ‘King of Croft’ down the years. Scoring a staggering 12 wins at the venue, the Northern Irishman will be keen to add to his tally as he bids to close the gap in the title race.
Adam Morgan, Rory Butcher, Daniel Rowbottom, Gordon Shedden and homegrown hero Senna Proctor round out the top ten in the standings. Proctor - who was a race winner at Oulton Park - won’t be the only local star that will be keen to impress as Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd will be looking to repeat his maiden BTCC win of 2018.
Throw into the mix the likes of double champion Jason Plato, Tom Chilton, Stephen Jelley, Tom Oliphant, Jack Goff and Aron Taylor-Smith, as well as many more, and you can see why the stage is set for a spectacular show.
It's not just the headlining BTCC that will thrills the crowds at Croft, with a fast-and-furious feast of support series adding to the appeal over the course of both days.
The potential Formula 1 superstars of the future will be competing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost while the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will undoubtedly have those in attendance on the edge of their seats.
Ginetta - which is born and bred in Yorkshire - will also be in action with the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge and Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Capping off the action will be contests from the MINI CHALLENGE, one of the leading one-make tin top categories.
Tickets to the BTCC's only north-eastern event of the year can be purchased on the gate over the course of the weekend priced at £15.00 for Saturday entry, £35.00 for Sunday and £43.00 for both days. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted to the circuit free of charge, whilst teens will need to purchase a ‘teen ticket’.
To find out more information on the weekend’s event, head to http://www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/btcc or call 01325 721815.