New season at Croft Circuit starts with biking weekend

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The North East Motor Cycle Racing Club will get the 2024 season underway at Croft Circuit near Darlington next weekend.

Around 100 solos and over 40 sidecars will be in action over a fast and furious weekend as riders aim to blow off the winter cobwebs in style around the international 2.127-mile circuit.

Leading the entry in the sidecars is defending world champions Todd Ellis and French passenger Emmanuelle Clement who go in search of the prestigious Mac Hobson Trophy in the open class.

The pair won the world title in 2022 also and are three times and defending British champions whereby they will contest the opening round of the FSRA F2 Sidecar Championship at Croft also.

That event will be an intense affair with other leading crews set to do battle including TT winners Conrad Harrison/Ashley Moore from Bradford along with Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley as well as former British champion Sean Hegarty/James Neave in the field.

Humbersiders Daryl Gibson/Tom Christie will be a major threat, as will Lancastrian John Holden/Frank Claeys, while Durham’s Lee Crawford along with passenger Scott Hardie will be hoping for a decent silverware haul.

Leading lights on two wheels include TT winner Dominic Herbertson from Hexham who will face stiff opposition from Ripon’s Manx Grand Prix winner Matt Stephenson.

Lanchester youngster James Alderson aims to put an injury-hit couple of seasons behind him, while other local riders aiming to impress are David Bell from Chester le Street, Northallerton’s Graham Ashbridge and Masham rider Fred Driver-Smith, son of the late Simon ‘Ronnie’ Smith.

Local aces Richard Charlton, Tommy Fielding, Mark Goodings and John Cliffe will also be men to watch as the overall winner of the F600 class will lift the historic Laird of Croft Trophy.

There are also classes for GP125, Classics, Post Classics, Lightweight Super and Stock Twins, Pre-injection 600 and Open, Thunderbikes, Formula 400, 400/500 Twins/Singles, and Production/Open Super Scooters as well as the usual popular categories for Open Sidecars, 600cc, and Unlimited Open class bikes.

Practice gets underway at 9.30am on Saturday and 12.05pm on Sunday.

Adult admission costs £16.50 on both days with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE on both days. There is also FREE car parking and FREE paddock access.

Further information is available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815 or at

Tickets for all 2024 events are now available to purchase along with season passes and driving experiences.

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