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All eyes on Croft in chase for title.

A jam-packed 18-race schedule featuring a bumper entry of around 200 cars ensures that Croft Circuit is the place to be for motorsport fans this weekend.

Highlight of Darlington and District MC's annual two-day bonanza is likely to be the double bill of Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship action.

With the season drawing towards a nail-biting climax, the heat is most definitely on.

Redmarshall's Martyn Lightfoot (Silva Striker) currently heads the leaderboard along with Andrew Morrison (MG ZR), while Mick Starkey (Fiesta XR2) of Seaton Carew is one of a clutch of drivers in joint third after a broken exhaust cruelly robbed him of top spot last time out.

Dropped scores still have to be taken into account, however, and that could put Tynesider Neil Gregory (Westfield) in strong contention for title glory.

There are class A, E and F races and B, C and D action on both Saturday and Sunday.

Great Broughton's Colin Boal (Renault RF94) will be on the grid when the Primrose Engineering Monoposto Championship drivers get the competitive action underway on Saturday, then return for a second race on Sunday.

Caterham Graduates, Scottish legends, Caterham SuperGraduates and Scottish Mini Cooper Challenge Cup action make up the championship action.

BIKESPORT Yamaha's Brad Anderson got the better of Sleights rider Jordan Rose (TM UK) to take top honours at Whitby Motocross Club's latest meeting.

Light rain kept the dust at bay and enthralled another record crowd at the Skelder Bank track.

Conditions became testing but Anderson and Rose pulled out a big lead over their rivals in the expert class.

Anderson took overall honours ahead of Rose and Barry Turnbull (Yamaha) with Great Ayton's Richard Collins (Yamaha) fourth.

Ryan Cocker (Honda) won the junior four-stroke class ahead of Richard Thompson (KTM) and Keith Foreman.

Paul White of County Durham led the junior 250 riders home, followed by the experienced Mick Raw (Honda) of Catterick Garrison and Simon Jenkins (Honda).

Hartlepool's David Gaffney (Honda) got the better of championship leader Barrie Gale (Yamaha) in the juniors up to 200cc class ahead of James Wilkinson (KTM).

CROFT circuit will host the first round of the Formula Renault UK Winter Championship on Saturday, November 1.

The two-round series - which will be making its Croft debut - concludes at Donington Park a week later and also includes the ELF Clio Renaultsport UK Winter Cup.

SIMON WALKER-HANSELL of Nunthorpe took a stunning victory in the 18th round of the Building Environmental Services Plc BRSCC T-Cars Championship at Oulton Park to regain leadership of the series.

The 15 year-old Teessider preceded his victory with second place in the day's first race.

Will Bratt surged ahead of Walker-Hansell but an electrical problem stopped him at Druids.

Pre-race championship leader Dan Hoy found a way past Walker-Hansell, but the Teessider quickly retook second and was less than half a second behind winner James Jakes at the finish.

Bratt's challenge for honours was over before race two had even started when he spun out on the warm-up lap while Walker-Hansell led from start to finish.

KART starlet Craig Wilde has one meeting left to achieve his aim of finishing in Britain's top 15.

The 16-year-old from Potto, now studying IT at Middlesbrough College, is the youngest driver in the Elf Hill House Hammond Super 1 British

Championship 100 national series.

The penultimate round at Rissington, Oxfordshire, was something of a nightmare for Wilde, in his first season of senior racing.

He suffered a broken chassis in practice and had to revert to an old one for race day.

He was back-flagged in one heat for losing bodywork then, after a great start from the back of the grid in the final, he worked his way towards the front before suffering a puncture with only three laps left.

He kept going and eventually finished 16th - where he currently stands in the overall series with one round left.

Meanwhile another teenage Tees kart prospect, David Hodgson, heads to Rissington this weekend for the prestigious Open.

The Kirklevington driver can't now win the Stars of Tomorrow title after a broken nose cone cost him four laps last time out at Nutts Corner.

But he hopes to make amends by winning the coveted O plate, and has vowed to give it his all in the final round of the Stars of Tomorrow series at Brooklands on September 26.

BILLINGHAM'S Don Hilton boosted his chances of Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club Championship honours in the latest round of the series at Kiplin.

While main title rival John Davis endured a fraught day, Hilton was second in the class two final - and top YDAC finisher.

Son Adam passed Rachel Davis to win the juniors' final while Hurworth's Stuart Dockray, who rolled his car in last month's Nationals, showed no ill effects in winning the class six final.

The meeting attracted a bumper entry of 139 drivers.

Results

Class 1 Clive Daniels; Class 2 Fraser McLeod; Class 3 Kevin Bowes; Class 4 Bob Schofield; Class 5 Paul Watson; Class 6 Stuart Dockray; Class 7 Paul Lockwood; Class 8 Darren Hope; Class 9 Mark Brookes; Class 10 Dave Anderson; Stock specials: Scott Blackburn; Stock Hatch Richard Coates; Juniors Adam Hilton; Ladies' class 11 Lynn Cunningham; Ladies' class 12 Sonia Dockray; Ladies' class 13 Jo Thompson; Ladies' class 14 Clare Horner.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2003
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