North East Club Motorcycle Racing Club Championships - August 2nd/3rd 2008
WORLD CHAMPIONS TO RACE AT CROFT
The North East Motorcycle Racing Club makes its second visit of the year to Croft Circuit next weekend (August 2/3) with no less than three prestigious trophies up for grabs.
As well as a host of club championship races for both two wheels and three, the feature race for the solos is the Laird of Croft and Ken Redfern Trophy whereas all eyes will be on the famous Mac Hobson Sidecar Trophy race to see who can add their names to the list of famous winners.
Heading the entry list for the Mac Hobson Trophy race is triple World Champion Tim Reeves who will make the long trip up from Maidstone to try to add his name to the trophy which includes former World Champions Steve Webster and Steve Abbott amongst others. Reeves won last year's world title with Cumbrian Pat Farrance as his passenger and the pair, who currently lie in second place in this year's title chase, will start as favourites.
However, the latest in the line of the Bell dynasty is Phil who will be looking to add the latest generation of Geordie flyers onto the cup and his track knowledge around the 2.1 mile North Yorkshire track could prove crucial.
In addition, all of the leading lights in the sport will be hunting them down as the meeting also incorporates a round of the Castrol Eastern Airways British Championship. Originally scheduled for Brands Hatch in May, a replacement date had to be found when the British Superbike Championship meeting was rescheduled for that date and with Reeves heading the tables after the recent Knockhill round, he'll be the man to beat.
A huge Irish contingent is expected for the solo races with Kirk Jamieson and Cliffy Hamilton expected to be the ones challenging the English riders in the two feature solo events. They will come up against some stiff opposition in Durham's Dave Bell who has just returned from injury and Newcastle youngster Jonathan Dickson who has been doing well in National Superstock 600s this season.
With full grids and a quality entry, it is guaranteed to be cracking racing at the North's only permanent circuit and a bumper crowd is expected for the usual action which also includes various classes for Solos from 125cc to 1300cc, Thunderbikes, F400, F600, Twins, Triples, and both F1 and F2 Sidecars.
Practice gets underway at 9.30am on Saturday with racing straight afterwards and on Sunday, the action gets underway at 12.00 noon. Adult admission is just £10.00 on both days with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE.