Croft on Tees,
Tel: 01325 721815
Fax: 01325 721819
Historic Formula Fords have been regular visitors to Croft. Huge fields have led to great racing on the circuit
Upcoming Historic Racing
August 2/3 - HSCC Nostalgia Weekend with the 500 Owners Association in attendance
Croft began it’s history as RAF Croft which became operational in 1941. Before the base was closed in the summer of 1946 a variety of bombers were based there including Halifax, Wellington and Lancasters and a few buildings from that era can be still be seen in adjacent farmland. The following year the Darlington & District Motor Club, supported by a local businessman, acquired a lease to the land and ran a series of saloon and motorcycle events using the three runways and perimeter roads. In 1962 enthusiasts led by Bruce Ropner bought half the venue and a full track was completed in the summer of 1964.
A regular programme of events continued thereafter with the annual highlight being the Battle Of Britain Race Meeting. As other circuits became more popular in the UK Croft diversified, becoming more associated with Rallycross than circircuit racing and the tarmac surface slowly fell into disrepair. As is often the case in motor racing - things go round in circles and the increasing attention brought by the popularity of Rallycross led to re-investment ultimately leading to a major transformation beginning in 1995 when the circuit we see to the right was created along with new spectator areas and pits/paddock facilities. Despite some controversy from local residents in recent years over noise issues the circuit is very much part of the UK scene and in addition to Historic Racing also hosts British Touring Cars and Superbikes.
1. Drivers with the nerve will be looking to carry as much speed as possible from the start/finish straight and through Clervaux but the change in direction before Hawthorn Bend has caught many out in the past.
2. Tower Bend at the end of what is essentially another long straight after Chicane is a good place for out-breaking and overtaking.
3. Jim Clark Esses - as befitting one of our all-time heroes this left right flick is taken at high speed and requires accurate positioning to master.
4. Complex is a challenging corner, as soon as you come out a quick left it’s on the brakes for a tight right before you head into a classic Hairpin.
In Car Video
Where To Watch
You can’t watch from everywhere at Croft but the places you can offer a great variety of action and photo opportunities.
• Head to Complex to get close to the cars as they race past.
• Chicane - great place to watch side by side action and then the drive up the long straight.
• Hawthorn Bend can be viewed from the stands at Clervaux and also from adjacent banking and is a great place to take pictures.