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Circuit Croft
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CIRCUIT DESCRIPTION

Croft Circuit is a motor racing circuit located near Dalton-on-Tees in North YorkshireEngland. The tarmac circuit is just over 2 miles (3 km) long and is based on the lands of an airfield but has long since moved on from being a basic airfield circuit. The circuit holds meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Rallycross and Pickup Truck Racing race series.

The first records of racing at Croft was in 1920 but it was not until after the Second World War the Croft circuit became a significant motorsport event

Over the years the circuit has played host to many famous names and has hosted national and international meetings. In December 1967 Croft began hosting Rallycross. The events were utilised by ITV’s World of Sport and were televised live. Whilst Rallycross was considered to be a winter sport, circuit racing continued. By 1981 the profitability had fallen and with the circuit requiring a total resurfacing, it closed to circuit racing. Local farmer, George Shield, agreed a lease to run Rallycross and, in conjunction with Darlington & District Motor Club, successfully developed the track for this sport. Croft held the FIA Internations-Cup events of 1987 and 1990 as well as the 1994 British round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship.

In 1997 the circuit underwent a major transformation – the circuit was extended to 2.127 miles (3.423 km) and new pits, paddock complex, control tower and spectator areas were constructed.


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