Christmas comes early at Croft for Touring Car fans

 North East circuit puts 2012 BTCC tickets on sale at special pre-Christmas rate

Croft Circuit has put tickets for its high profile 2012 round of the fender-bending Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on sale at a special pre-Christmas rate.

The North Yorkshire venue, just off the A1 near Darlington, has been allocated a provisional date of Sat 23/Sun 24 June on next year’s BTCC calendar.

The annual fixture traditionally provides fans in the North East with their only opportunity of the year to see Britain’s premier motor racing championship in action on their doorstep. It is also one of the biggest sporting events for the region.

Croft has just confirmed that tickets for its 2012 BTCC event ordered by 16 December of this year will cost just £20 (Sunday) and £30 (weekend). There will also be a discount on camping prices at £10 per pitch per night including unit, car and two people.

Tickets to see the BTCC at one of the most popular fixtures on the calendar will surely make for the ideal stocking filler – those interested can place their orders by calling the Croft Circuit office on 01325 721815. Advance prices will rise following this promotion.

Croft Circuit Manager Tracey Morley commented: “We hope fans will consider our offer when umm-ing and ahh-ing over their Christmas lists for friends and family. It seems some way off but these things come round quickly and it’s a great opportunity to save a few pennies at a time when we’re all tightening our belts.

“We’re also of course very proud once again to be holding a round of the BTCC – it’s a massive event for the region and 2012 will represent the 16th consecutive year that the UK’s top championship has visited Croft. The feedback from the BTCC, its teams, drivers and supporting categories is that the event is one of the most enjoyable on their calendar which is high praise indeed for the circuit, our staff, marshals and fans.”

More top class motor sport to come at Croft in 2011

Having already hosted the BTCC plus its two-wheel counterpart, the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and its own tremendously popular Nostalgia historic race festival, Croft still has two more big motor sport events to come in 2011. The venue has been selected to host the final round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship and British Rallycross Grand Prix on the weekend of 5-6 November. Following that on Saturday 3 December comes another major highlight – a stage of the world-renowned Roger Albert Clark historic rally that recreates and features many of the famous rally cars from the RAC Rallies of the Sixties, Seventies and early Eighties such as Ford Escort MkI and MkIIs, Porsche 911s, Lancia Stratos, Vauxhall Chevettes, Mini Coopers and Saab 96s.

Nor is it over yet for two-wheel fans with a packed programme of race action scheduled for the weekend of 15-16 October from the visiting Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Club. Back on four wheels and following the much vaunted RAC Rally date will be the ever-enthusiastic Northallerton Auto Club’s traditional Christmas Stages event on Tuesday 27 December.

With car and bike race meetings plus top rally and rallycross action yet come, there’s lots of action left on the 2011 calendar. What’s more the availability of cut price BTCC tickets pre-Christmas means there’s something special to look forward to in the New Year. And of course it’s the perfect tonic to those Christmas present buying anxieties!

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