BARC Acquires Croft Operations
The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) announced today (November 8) that it has acquired Croft PromoSport Ltd. (CPS), whose principal function is the day to day operation of Croft Circuit. The BRDC has been responsible for the track in recent years, and introduced considerable improvements while in control, including the extension of the original layout, in 1997, to its current 2.127 miles.

“The acquisition is a natural progression for the club, broadening the geographical spread of our existing circuit activities and further enhancing the club’s standing within the industry,” said Dennis Carter, Chief Executive of the BARC. “Croft is an important facility serving a large catchment area in the North of England and complements our existing hill climb at Harewood House in the south of the region. I am pleased to say that the agreement will see both the Croft Estate and the BARC working together in to the future and will enable the further development of facilities on the site. I am also pleased to say that the existing management team and staffing arrangements at Croft are to remain in place, making the acquisition and change of ownership seamless.”

“Over the last twelve years, with the support of an excellent team, run by the family and Chaired by Peter Gaydon, Croft has been brought back to the forefront of British motorsport venues,” added Trevor Chaytor-Norris, whose family own Croft. “Croft first hosted race meetings in the late 1940s on the old bomber aerodrome runways. Now the purpose built venue hosts rounds of both the British Touring Car Championship and the British Superbike Championship. I am sure that the BARC will help bring about a new and exciting chapter in Croft’s illustrious history.”

For 2007, the British GT Championship returns to Croft, on September 8-9, after missing out on a trip to the North-East since 2005 (below).


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