Local drivers lead the way as Croft stages Rallycross spectacular

The Northern Echo: LOCAL EXPERTISE: Kevin Procter, from Leeming, wins last year's British Rallycross Grand Prix at Croft

6:24pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THERE will be plenty of local interest as Croft Circuit stages the final round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship and MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix this weekend.

Advantage Hamilton before the double points ending

11:21am Tuesday 14th October 2014

LEWIS Hamilton is refusing to allow any negativity regarding Formula One's controversial double-points rule this season mire his positive thinking in his quest for the title.

FIA considers new safety measures

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT: Jules Bianchi sustained a life-threatening injury on Sunday

6:13am Saturday 11th October 2014

The FIA is set to impose new safety measures following what president Jean Todt has described as the "tragedy" of Jules Bianchi's horrific accident in Japan on Sunday, which has left the Frenchman fighting for his life.

Bianchi in "critical but stable" condition after Suzuka crash

The Northern Echo:

10:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014

JULES Bianchi is in a "critical but stable" condition following his accident at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

Mayne’s Fisher Fury finishes as class act among race rivals

The Northern Echo:

1:01pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship, organised by Darlington & DMC, continued the excellent racing it has produced this season as it came down to the final two rounds at Croft Circuit last weekend.

Hamilton hits the front after victory

11:28am Monday 22nd September 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON feels relaxed rather than relieved after reclaiming the lead in the battle for this year’s Formula One world title.

Hopeful Mathison crashes out after a promising start

The Northern Echo: Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup (10444731)

5:55pm Friday 19th September 2014

UP AND COMING County Durham road racer Daley Mathison was in action at last weekend’s International Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount on the outskirts of Scarborough where he was taking on the established stars of the Isle of Man TT Races.

Youngster, Dan, storms to victory at race trials

5:47pm Friday 19th September 2014

WITH the 2014 European Trials Championship safely tucked away and superb exam results achieved Kirkbymoorside's 16-year-old Dan Peace won the Hull Auto Club's Velocette trial on Sunday riding his 300cc Gas Gas machine.

Croft hosts action-packed race weekend

The Northern Echo: CROFT CIRCUIT (10550511)

1:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

THIS weekend sees Croft Circuit host the finale to the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and possibly announce a famous name winner of the Protyre Formula Renault Championship.

Burns powers to podium finish at Donington Park

The Northern Echo: #53 Joe Burns JG Speedfit Kawasaki Racing Superstock 1000 (10236059)

4:18pm Friday 12th September 2014

TYNESIDE motorcycle racer Joe Burns followed up a string of great results recently with a superb podium placing when he took third position in last Sunday’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race held at Donington Park.

Skeeby puts on top quality motorcycle trial

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4:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIX days on from the successful Class C and D final championship trial and Richmond provided a top class clubman and youth trial for 82 contenders at Skeeby on the Richardson farm at Skeeby on Saturday afternoon.

Tough going for Marquez

The Northern Echo: Marc Marquez celebrates victory with a wheelie

11:01am Monday 1st September 2014

MARC MARQUEZ endured a race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo from start to finish before claiming victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Clean sweep for teen as Bean opens up six point advantage

The Northern Echo:

3:47pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE dismal Bank Holiday weather may have done its best to disrupt proceedings at round five of the Shannon Group British Rallycross Championship held at Lydden Hill in Kent on Monday but for a number of local competitors, it was a successful meeting.

Ladies battling for prizes

4:03pm Friday 15th August 2014

THE final Ladies and Girls Trials Championship comes to a climax on Sunday morning on the rugged unforgiving rocky crags of Fremington Edge.

Gowland stays on top after a tough weekend

The Northern Echo:

4:02pm Friday 15th August 2014

HEXHAM motorcycle racer Graeme Gowland and his Smiths Triumph Racing Team maintained station at the top of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship following Oulton Park last weekend when he scored a brace of podiums.

AC/DC’s Johnson rocks his way to respectable eighth

The Northern Echo:

4:03pm Friday 8th August 2014

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson left fans ‘thunderstruck’ at the fifth annual Croft Nostalgia Weekend last weekend, and had so much fun he is eager to return to the retroflavoured festival next year.

All aspects of trialling for young

4:01pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE Richmond Motor Club organised yet another Cogden Hall Two-Day Trials Training event for 60 boys and girls on Wednesday and Thursday July 30/31.

Bean takes the win in race that goes right to the wire

The Northern Echo:

12:54pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE fourth round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship in association with the Shannon Group took place at the Pembrey race circuit in South Wales last weekend with a number of local drivers making the long trip.

Hamilton and Rosberg at loggerheads

10:20am Monday 28th July 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON and Nico Rosberg face clearthe- air-talks with their Mercedes bosses over Formula One’s summer break after a team orders affair overshadowed a sensational Hungarian Grand Prix.

Petch claims fourth place in tough rally racing conditions

The Northern Echo:

12:42pm Friday 18th July 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress battled a strong field of the season as well as the dry and dusty conditions to take a fourth place finish on last Saturday’s Nick Grist Stages Rally in Wales.

Austermuhle wins Trophy Trial

12:40pm Friday 18th July 2014

A BATTERED Ian Austermuhle won the 65th Allan Jefferies Trophy Trial on Sunday from a troubled Rob Waite and an attacking Ross Crosby.

Riders ‘on trial’ to raise charity funds

4:46pm Friday 11th July 2014

FOLLOWING hard on the heels of a successful charity trial in Farndale, Hull AC ran the Jack Howden Trophy Charity Trial, incorporating the East Yorks Centre Championship and Inter Club Team Trial.

Sister act revs up for success with new sponsorship deal

4:45pm Friday 11th July 2014

MOTORSPORT may be a predominantly male-orientated sport, but two North Yorkshire sisters have set their sights on success after securing a new sponsorship deal.

Fourth place is not so bad, says Button

The Northern Echo:

10:47am Monday 7th July 2014

JENSON BUTTON was in a reflective mood after he again missed out on a podium finish at the British Grand Prix.

Turkington doubles up with Croft wins

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE: Colin Turkington shares a joke with Gordon Sheddon on the podium after winning race two, sealing his second win of the meeting

9:55am Monday 30th June 2014

COLIN TURKINGTON refused to allow a damaged clutch to dampen his satisfaction as two victories at Croft enabled him to strengthen his grip on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title.

Live: British Touring Car Championship from Croft

The Northern Echo: SETTING THE PACE: Colin Turkington in action

11:32am Sunday 29th June 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson provides live coverage as the British Touring Car Championship rolls into Croft for three races

Turkington starts on BTCC pole after qualifying fastest at Croft

The Northern Echo: SETTING THE PACE: Colin Turkington in action

4:45pm Saturday 28th June 2014

COLIN TURKINGTON will start tomorrow’s opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race on pole position after qualifying fastest at Croft Circuit this afternoon.

Turkington delighted to be at centre stage as British Touring Car series goes from strength to strength

The Northern Echo: POLE POSITION: Colin Turkington heads to Croft this weekend with a nine-point lead at the top of the BTCC rankings

7:02am Saturday 28th June 2014

NEXT weekend, the eyes of the sporting world will be trained on North Yorkshire as the opening stage of the Tour de France winds its way from Leeds to Harrogate via the picturesque Dales. Before that though, the region plays host to an even faster group of racers, determined to put on an equally exhilarating show.

Cole beats dust to clinch Carlisle class victory

The Northern Echo: NO PROBLEM: Simon Cole and Joe Hutchinson in action on the D-Mack Carlisle Stages Rally Picture: Stephen Tait/Tait Images

3:58pm Friday 27th June 2014

LAST Saturday’s hot and dry conditions proved a real challenge for competitors in the DMACK Carlisle Stages Rally but it didn’t prove too problematic for local competitors Simon Cole from Catterick and Eggleston co-driver Joe Hutchinson.

North Yorkshire driver gets the go-ahead for Croft

The Northern Echo: READY TO GO: North Yorkshire driver Max Coates will compete in the Ginetta GT4 Super Cup at Croft this weekend

2:04pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

LOCAL racing driver Max Coates has secured a last-minute drive in this weekend’s round of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at his home circuit, Croft.

Turkington setting pace but Plato’s two podium spots keeps him in contention

The Northern Echo: SETTING THE PACE: Colin Turkington in action

10:52am Wednesday 25th June 2014

THE Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is always renowned for its competitiveness, but even by the series’ hard-fought standards, this year’s title battle is shaping up to be especially exciting.

Dunlop proud of British Touring Car Championship link

The Northern Echo: GRIPPING ACTION: Dunlop tyres in use during the MSA British Touring Car Championship

10:46am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WHEN it comes to the MSA British Touring Car Championship, tyre manufacturer Dunlop is part of the furniture.

Racers get in gear for Croft

The Northern Echo: FLASHBACK: Ollie Jackson in a Toyota Avensis with car trouble in round 13 of the British Touring Car Championship. He didn’t finish the race and will be looking for better fortune at Croft

10:41am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WITH Croft Circuit’s 50th anniversary rapidly approaching, this weekend’s visit of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship promises to provide one of the highlights of the North Yorkshire venue’s half-centenary celebrations.

Austermuhle in control at Fryup

4:33pm Friday 20th June 2014

GUISBOROUGH DMC held their annual Dales Trophy Trial around Glaisdale and Fryup Dales on Sunday and Beta rider Ian Austermuhle once again stamped his authority on the event – and his name on the silverware – to win by ten marks from Scarborough’s James Carr.

Wallace survives brush with undergrowth to finish first

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Robbie Wallace on the Yamaha YZ125 during round five of the Perkins Slade Ride Off Road Enduro Championship at Hatcliffe in the Lincolnshire Wold

4:33pm Friday 20th June 2014

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Northallerton Enduro rider Robbie Wallace was once again in action on the Motoconnection and Putoline Oils sponsored Yamaha YZ125, where he was competing in round five of the Perkins Slade Ride Off Road Enduro Championship last weekend.

Pair tied at the top in title race

4:50pm Friday 13th June 2014

JAMES DABILL levelled with Michael Brown on 37 points on Sunday at Low Row where the Richmond Motor Club staged the second of the ACU British Trials Championship.

Petch beats the tough driving conditions for podium place

The Northern Echo: MOTORING ON: Stephen Petch in action at Sherwood Forest

4:49pm Friday 13th June 2014

ROUND five of the 2004 REIS BTRDA Rally Series headed for Sherwood Forest last Saturday with locals once again well to the fore in their respective classes.

Williams comes out on top at Stanhope trial

2:23pm Friday 6th June 2014

ROGER Williams topped the entry at the Weardale Motor Club’s trial last weekend, his loss of 18, putting him three marks clear of Anthony Stephen, with Joe McMeekin a further mark adrift. The trial at Dursand Quarry above Stanhope, attracted more than 70 entries with four courses on offer, each with 10 sections.

Wallace makes light work of challenging conditions

The Northern Echo: IN THE MUD: Northallerton’s Robbie Wallace in action during the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship

2:23pm Friday 6th June 2014

NORTHALLERTON motorcycle Enduro rider Robbie Wallace competed in rounds five and six of the British Sprint Enduro Championship last weekend at Tetbury in Gloucestershire, riding his Motoconnection, Putoline Oils and RFX-sponsored Yamaha YZ125.

Wallace makes light work of muddy conditions

The Northern Echo: IN THE MUD: Northallerton's Robbie Wallace in action during the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship

7:02am Friday 6th June 2014

Wallace racks up the points in the mud

Williams comes out on top at Stanhope

7:01am Friday 6th June 2014

ROGER Williams topped the entry at the Weardale Motor Club's trial last weekend, his loss of 18, putting him three marks clear of Anthony Stephen, with Joe McMeekin a further mark adrift. The trial at Dursand Quarry above Stanhope, attracted over 70 entries and with four courses on offer, each with ten sections. James Black and Eddie Aitkin battled it out on the Green Course. On the Clubman Course, John Bennett took the honours. It was a win for Andrew Black on the Easy course, after dropping all five of his marks in section three.

Moorhouse races to victory in Blue Bar Trophy

12:08pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

SKIPTON Bultaco rider James Moorhouse won the annual Blue Bar Trophy Trial on Sunday from Summerbridge Sherco rider, and MRS Sherco employee Phillip Hammond who finished the dramatic two-day event in Coverdale one penalty ahead of Braidley farmer Stephen Lambert.

Action-packed spectacle after club travels north

The Northern Echo: SHOWCASE: Cars line up for the media day of the Croft 50th anniversary event

12:06pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

THE Darlington and District Motor Club-organised Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship visited Knockhill in Scotland last weekend as part of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club’s Super Lap Scotland weekend where also in attendance were about 12 of DDMC’s marshals.

Rosberg halts Hamilton run after victory in Monaco

The Northern Echo: Nico Rosbery ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's race

10:55am Monday 26th May 2014

Nico Rosberg returned to the top of the Formula One podium with a lights-to-flag Monaco Grand Prix victory as a left-eye problem for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton put the blinkers on his challenge.

Croft Circuit prepares for its 50th anniversary celebrations

The Northern Echo: RACE DAY: Archive photos from The Northern Despatch of Croft Circuit in the editioon of August 3rd, 1964.   Picture: ANDY LAMB (6498631)

7:03am Saturday 24th May 2014

THE Northern Despatch, a long-lost sister paper of The Northern Echo, described it as a “great moment for local motor racing fans”. Chris Meek, who was involved in the cut and thrust of the action, remembers it as “unsophisticated, slightly chaotic, but hugely exciting”. Either way, it was a day that changed the face of motorsport in our region forever.

Ripon driver Robinson keeps up quest for hat-trick success

The Northern Echo: FLYING BY: Action from the Plains Rally

4:25pm Friday 23rd May 2014

DOUBLE BTRDA Silver Star champion Matthew Robinson continued his quest for a hat-trick by claiming a class victory on last weekend’s dry and dusty Plains Rally held in Wales which comprised round four of the 2014 BTRDA Rally Series.

Sadler roars to Memorial victory

4:22pm Friday 23rd May 2014

WEST WITTON joiner Richard Sadler carved a one penalty advantage on Sunday at Wensley to win the annual Gerald Simpson Memorial Trial for Arkegarthdale teenager James Stones.

Brailsford looks to marginal gains to secure success

The Northern Echo: IN SIGHT: The finish line is reflected on the helmet of the Chris Froome of Team Sky

4:19pm Friday 23rd May 2014

WHEN the founders of Team Sky declared their ambition to produce a “British winner of the Tour de France within five years” upon the team’s creation in 2009, they were derided for being unrealistic.

A busy time for the trials riders

4:21pm Friday 16th May 2014

DOUGIE LAMPKIN made it eight victories in the Scottish Six Days Trial after a week battling with 250 other contenders and six days of heavy rain. The 38-year-old Silsden professional rider was never headed from MondayCookridge international James Dabill piled on the pressure but Lampkin just stuck to his task to win be a margin of eight penalties.

Battling duo take second spot on tricky Isle of Man circuit

The Northern Echo: SECOND PLACE: Ollie Mellors with Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress who finished as runners up on the Manx National Rally

4:21pm Friday 16th May 2014

NORTHALLERTON co-driver Ian Windress was in action alongside Midland driver Ollie Mellors when they contested last weekend’s Manx National Rally and following a dramatic two-day event around the tricky lanes on the Isle of Man, they emerged in a fantastic second place overall.



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