The annual Battle of Britain meeting at Croft was one of the highlights of the year at the North East circuit before it ended in 1981, drawing some big names from the world of motorsport including the late Barry Sheene.
Fast forward another thirty-four years to 2015 and circuit management finally decided to bring it back with assistance from the local Darlington & District Motor Club.
This year’s Battle of Britain meeting took place over the weekend, with action on both two and four-wheels to keep the crowds entertained.
Thundersport Golden Era Supersport regular Ian Lawton was one rider in action at his local circuit, competing on his 17 year old YZF-R6 backed by Newsham Motorcycles of Blyth.
Despite riding on some well-worn ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded tyres, Ian put the Yamaha on pole for the opening race.
A great start in the opening contest saw Lawton get away well, and by the end of the race he’d opened up a 14 second lead over second place to take a resounding win.
Another race yielded another win on the Yamaha, along with a two fastest laps to round out a solid weekend back on the bike.
Congratulations to Ian and his team on the great results.
Photo credit to Brian Blackett.
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