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Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander

Saturday, 28th and Sunday 29th December 2002

The British Supermoto Winter Championship and The Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally


Stars from the world of both two and four wheeled motorsport will be taking centre stage for a weekend of action over the festive period at Croft Circuit near Darlington.

On Saturday (28th), Round Four of the prestigious eight round British Supermoto Winter Championship series sees competitors head north with a host of top bikers taking part in the motorcycling equivalent of rallycross.

Nine times Isle of Man TT winner David Jefferies will be contesting the event aboard his 450cc Honda CRF, but the Yorkshireman is sure not to have things his own way. Fellow British Championship road racers Dean Ellison (520cc KTM) and Gordon Blackley (650cc Honda) will pose a threat whilst former British Champion Dave Heal will be out for glory on his 570cc Husqvarna. World championship stars James Ellison (400 Suzuki) and Andi Notman (640cc CCM) will also be in action as will former Manx Grand Prix winner, Mick Seward (650cc Husaberg). Former Scott Trial winner Wayne Braybrook is entered on a 450cc Honda with fellow off-roaders Warren Steele (600cc Husky) and Christian Iddon (650cc Husaberg) also aiming for the victory.

Local hopes rest with Guisborough's Dennis Hobbs who contests the event on a 450cc Honda alongside the Richmond pairing of Martin McGregor and Andrew Swainston, both on 650cc Husabergs. Tony Callaghan (620cc KTM) from Ferryhill and Willington's Stuart Walker (450cc VOR) will be hoping for success on home ground also.

The action gets underway at 9:30am and adult admission costs £5.00 with accompanied children under 16 admitted free.

The action switches to four wheels on Sunday (29th) when the annual Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally takes place with another capacity entry for the Northallerton Automobile Club event.

Following on from last year's successful inaugural event at Croft, the organisers have been forced to increase the number of entries such has been the demand and the eighty strong field is simply oozing with quality drivers and exotic cars.

Over two dozen four-wheel drive supercars will contest the forty mile single-venue event and these will be complimented by a stunning array of competitors in two-wheel drive cars all gunning for glory.

The first of eight stages gets underway at 9:30am with admission costing just £5.00 each for adults and accompanied children admitted free.

Further details of both event are available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815

Croft Circuit, Croft on Tees,
North Yorkshire

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