Croft Circuit, near Darlington, is the biggest motorsport venue in the North East of England and 2018 looks set to be one of its busiest and best yet. These are five events that are not be missed at the venue and are a must for any local motorsport fan.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (June 23-24)

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car’s make their annual trip to the North East for three non-stop action rounds in June and it is the most popular weekend that Croft hosts. Drivers such as Matt Neal and Jason Plato go up against a capacity grid of over 30 cars and close racing is absolutely guaranteed.

The 2018 championship looks set to be another fantastic year, with a mix of youth and expeireence across the grid. Defending champion Ashley Sutton returns with Team BMR in pursuit of a second consecutive title.

Add in new cars such as the HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta with Rob Austin behind the wheel and the rumoured new Honda Civic Type-R ran by Team Dynamics for Neal as well as newcomer Dan Cammish and the BTCC looks a mouthwatering prospect.

TCR UK (September 8-9)

New for 2018 is the TCR UK Series and it heads to Croft in early September. Designed to be a cheaper alternative to series’ such as BTCC and the now defunct TC1 format the World Touring Car Championship used until last season, TCR has grown rapidly since it’s creation back in 2015.

This season sees the format continue to grow, with now a seven-round UK championship and although announced entries have been few and far between, a big grid of drivers is expected.

Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship (May 6 & July 29)

The Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship makes two trips to the circuit this season, this year with a new pair of dates. Although the 600BHP ‘Supercar’ Category obviously is the stand out attraction, a full day of close racing on the half tarmac, half gravel circuit is a given with several other championships running throughout both day’s of action.

Croft Nostalgia Festival (August 4-5)

The Nostalgia Festival, another long-standing Croft event, returns at the beginning of August with action both on and off the track. Two days of historic racing with cars from the 1930’s-1970’s is added to by military displays, classic car displays and live music performances across the weekend.

Battle of Britain Race Weekend – (August 25-26)

The final event on this list sees both cars and bikes take part over the final weekend in August. A range of club championships usually take part in this event organised by the Darlington and District Motor Club. Big grids, close racing and a wide variety of machinery is always guaranteed.

Tickets for the events mentioned above can be bought directly from the circuit at www.croftcircuit.co.uk