Croft Circuit is hosting a special event as part of National Motorsport Week.

The public will be able to visit the North Yorkshire venue between 10am and 4pm on Friday 1st July and get taken for a high-speed lap of the track in a Caterham sportscar by a qualified instructor.

A £2 donation will need to be made per ride towards the circuit's chosen charity for 2011 – St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington. Rides will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The minimum age for rides is 14 years.

National Motorsport Week runs from 25th June to 3rd July and is backed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Motorsport Industry Association (MIA). A number of events are being run across the country with the aim of highlighting the UK's leading role in international motor sport as well as showcasing the opportunities for people to get involved.

“It is hugely important that, as the region's leading motor sport venue, we are involved in what is regarded as the country's week of celebrating and raising awareness of what the sport gives back to people in terms of entertainment, inspiration for youngsters, job creation and even advancements in science,” said Tracey Morley, Croft Circuit Manager. “Motor sport is one of Britain's most successful industries after all.”

“What we are offering is a very exciting opportunity for both fans but also newcomers to the sport to experience just why so many professional racing drivers describe this as one of the most thrilling circuits to drive in the country. We're putting this on absolutely free – all we ask in return is a small contribution to St Teresa's to aid them in their fabulous work for the community.”