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Speed-seeking pilgrims will travel to Croft Circuit once again this year after the racetrack announced its calendar of motor sport fixtures.

Highlights will include the star-studded Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, its own historic Nostalgia meeting, the Monster MSA British Rallycross Championship finale and Grand Prix plus the Roger Albert Clark Rally.

This year a huge line-up of cars will race around Croft Circuit

This year a huge line-up of cars will race around Croft Circuit

Croft Circuit manager Tracey Morley said: “What a line-up we have in store for 2013. Our four big headline events, which continue to prove so popular with hardened enthusiasts and also the public at large remain, while we have also made our national-level events even bigger, better and more exciting with some truly great additions.

“As in recent years we are also delighted to continue our free admission for children policy. Much of our audience is family-orientated and, in the current climate in particular, it is very important to offer families a great day’s entertainment at affordable prices.”

In all, Croft will host 14 action-packed motor sport meetings, including November’s RAC Rally, which will feature Pickering racer Steve Magson.

The event starts in Magson’s home town, but he will hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s race when he crashed just two miles from the finish and rolled his Opal Chevette twice.

Stockton-based Redline Racing's 1,000bhp Porsche Carrera Cup car

Stockton-based Redline Racing's 1,000bhp Porsche Carrera Cup car

The car has taken five months to rebuild and Magson explained why he is getting back into the car after such a harsh crash: “It’s the buzz. It’s the same if you are snowboarding, skiing, playing football or whatever, you get a buzz and an adrenaline rush and I just love it.”

The race heads through Dalby Forest, before passing through Croft Circuit, and Magson added: “It’s mint, especially this short circuit where you have a lot of tight corners and you can just throw it around, put it about and enjoy yourself, because that’s what it’s all about.”

This year the circuit has attracted for the first time both Time Attack, for 1,000bhp modified cars up against the clock, and Special Saloons - a revival of the outrageous Seventies V8 category.

Tickets for all the events are now on sale, with various discounts on offer and free entry for accompanied children aged 15 and under.

Steve Magson's Opal Chevette will be involved in the historic Roger Albert Clark rally

Steve Magson's Opal Chevette will be involved in the historic Roger Albert Clark rally

For more details about Croft Circuit and its events, visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk or call the main circuit office on (01325) 721815.

Keep checking your Whitby Gazette throughout the year for details of how you can win tickets to these big events.

15-year-old James Kellett, from Leeds, will be racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship

15-year-old James Kellett, from Leeds, will be racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship