A number of online campaigns showing support for the Croft circuit have continued to gather pace following the announcement late last month that it had lost its appeal against paying damages to three people living close by who claim to have been affected by 'noise nuisance'.

Derek and Julia Watson, together with their daughter Jill Wilson, have lived within 300 metres of the circuit in Dalton-on-Tees for several years, but took a case to the High Court last year - with the judge ruling in their favour and awarding damages totalling nearly ?150,000.

Circuit promoters Croft Promo-Sport appealed against the decision but that appeal failed last month, leaving the circuit with an extensive damages bill - which includes the Watson's reported ?700,000 legal costs. The circuit has also been hit with an injunction which limits its usage to 40 days a year.

The saga has provoked widespread anger amongst motor sport fans, with a support group on social networking site Facebook now having almost 16,000 members.

A petition to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also been set up on the website of 10 Downing Street (accessible by clicking HERE) with more than 3,600 having signed up to 'Save Croft' at the time of writing. According to the Downing Street website, each petition will then be passed onto the relevant Government department for a response.

Fans have also been invited to sign up for the 'Save our Circuits' website (found HERE), which aims to show support not only for Croft, but for all venues which could face - or have faced - similar problems.

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