Croft Circuit - Track Information
While there aren't many dates for bike track days at Croft circuit now and any dates you do find may be on the pricey side, it's still a much loved circuit among many track day riders with it being super fast in some places and challenging in others.
Printable Track Map - Click to download a printable Croft track map.
Croft Circuit Facilities
Garages - Yes
Power supplies in garages - Only two outlets per garage. Bring extensions.
Power supplies outside garages - No
Showers - Possibility of portacabin showers.
Cafe or other place for food - Fast food van.
ATM on site - No
Fuel on site - No. Closest petrol station is North Cowton Service Station.
Bike Track Day Noise testing Limit- 102db
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Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 01325 721815
History of Croft Circuit
There are actually records of racing being held at Croft circuit way back in the 1920s but it wasn't until after World War II that the venue became a noteworthy motorsport circuit. The start of World War II saw many new airfields being constructed in Britain, one of which was the RAF Croft base, which was home to many different aircraft, mainly bombers.
Like most airfields constructed during World War II, Croft was abandoned by the RAF and it wasn't until 1947 that the venue saw any action. Not in the way of motorsport, but a flying club. The businessman John Neasham took out a lease on the land and eventually went on to form the Darlington and District Aero Club. However after just five years the club closed its doors and Croft again became abandoned.
Later on in the 40's and through the 50's the Darlington and District Motor Club used the airfield runways and surrounding roads to host race meetings, using a number of different layouts to stage different events. A purpose built track was then built in July 1964 after half of the Croft circuit had been bought out by Bruce Ropner and his motor enthusiast friend. Soon after, the circuit was attracting crowds of up to 50,000 people for some of the motorsport events held there.
For a brief few years the venue saw many famous names visiting and racing at the Croft circuit in mainstream motorsport events, but as tracks in the south like Silverstone and Brands Hatch became more popular they pulled many of the big names and events down south. Croft then turned its attention to Rallycross. For many years after this the circuit continued to host Rallycross, but by the early 80s profits were low and with the old, tired looking surface requiring a revamp the circuit was closed.
A few years later Croft circuit found new investment from a local farmer, George Shield, who took out a lease on the venue and set upon developing the circuit. After which Rallycross was again hosted at the venue and on three occasions over the late 80s and 90s, held the British round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
In 1997 the circuit was massively redeveloped with the track being extended, as well as a new pit and paddock area being constructed and spectator areas being improved. From this point on Croft circuit once again saw high profile racing at the venue with events such as the British Superbikes and British Touring Cars being held there.