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Circuit Contact

Donington Park
Castle Donington
Derby
DE74 2RP

Tel: 01332 810048

doningtonpark@msv.com

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How to find us

Donington Park Circuit is located just off the M1 junction 23a northbound or junction 24 southbound.

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Donington Park

One of the most internationally renowned and historically significant circuits in the world, Donington Park has been revitalised in recent years and hosts numerous major national and international events.

The circuit's premier event is the annual visit of the FIM Superbike World Championship, while firm fan favourites include the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Other large events include British GT and F3, British Truck Racing, the Donington Historic Festival and the Classic Motorcycle Festival, with dozens of club car and bike meetings throughout the season. Donington is also the established venue for the BTCC Season Launch day, offering thousands of fans the first opportunity to see their favourite drivers in action each year.

As well as a famous motorsport venue, Donington is also celebrated as the host of the Download rock festival, which attracts tens of thousands of music fans each year. The venue also holds a wide variety of exhibitions, shows and other music concerts all year round.

Donington Park is superbly located, with major cities Derby, Nottingham and Leicester nearby, and Birmingham less than an hour away. The circuit can be accessed from the nearby M1, A50 and A42 roads while international visitors can fly in to the neighbouring East Midlands Airport, with the main terminal just two miles from the circuit.

 

Donington Park is the oldest motorsport circuit in the UK still in operation. Originally part of the Donington Hall estate, it was first used for motorsport on Whit Monday in 1931 on the narrow lanes that formed the access roads of the hall. The track was widened in 1933, made permanent and became a venue for Grand Prix car racing, with the final pre-war races featuring the legendary Auto Union Silver Arrows driven by Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari.

The circuit was closed at the outbreak of World War II, and was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to be used as a military vehicle depot. The land was purchased by businessman Tom Wheatcroft in 1971 who rebuilt the circuit and established the famous Grand Prix Collection at the site.

Racing returned in 1977 and the circuit quickly became one of Europe's premier venues. With the addition of the Melbourne Loop section in 1985 came Grand Prix motorcycle racing with the first World Championship Grand Prix event in 1987. Eventually becoming known as MotoGP, Donington was the host venue for 23 years, and was also the location for the debut round of World Superbikes in 1988, an event still held at the circuit today. One of the most famous events at the restored circuit was the 1993 European Formula One Grand Prix, which was dominated by Ayrton Senna and featured the legendary opening lap, still described by many as the best in F1's history.

Under new ownership, ambitious plans to host the Formula One British Grand Prix from 2010 onwards were left unrealised, and with the circuit in a state of disrepair, racing ceased once more at the end of 2009.

History repeated itself in 2010 as Kevin Wheatcroft, son of Tom, rescued the circuit and rebuilt the areas left heavily damaged by the previous leaseholders. Motorsport returned to the circuit once more in the Autumn of 2010, and the circuit is again held in the highest regard by competitors, spectators and officials.

 

 
 
Circuit FAQs

There is designated disabled parking available in Paddock 3 via gate 21 with no viewing. There is a dedicated wheelchair viewing area at Coppice via gate 10 with free of charge access to wheelchair users plus one carer. Any additional carers, friends or family must be in possession of a valid grandstand ticket. Please contact our ticket office on 0843 453 9000 for more information.

 

No animals are permitted anywhere on site, with the exception of guide/assistance dogs.

Yes, there is a cash machine in the Museum foyer and a cash machine located in the paddock at the restaurant

The First Aid Centre is located in the paddock beneath the covered grandstand.

Please head to the Donington Park Security Office at the Paddock Entrance. If you are no longer at the venue, please call 01332 810048.

Yes - in lower Redgate suite number 42 and the Paddock Suite

Drones / UAVs are strictly not permitted for use anywhere on site at Donington Park.

Ticket FAQs

The ticketholder shall only be entitled to a refund or exchange (at MSV's election) if an event is cancelled in its entirety prior to its commencement of the Event for reason(s) that are within the reasonable control of MSV.

Event tickets may not be sold, resold, donated, transferred or in any way disposed of without prior written permission from MSV.

All tickets are sent by Royal Mail Recorded or Special Delivery, meaning a signature is required. In the rare instance that your tickets have not arrived in time you will need to purchase them at the gate price and obtain a refund after the event by returning the gate ticket stubs and your original tickets to the ticket office at the address below:

Ticket Office
MotorSport Vision Centre
Brands Hatch Circuit
Fawkham
Longfield
Kent
DA3 8NG

We offer a discount on event entry to our guests that are aged 65 and over. This is only available for tickets purchased on the day of the event - not in advance.

You can find a list of eligible Grade D events by clicking here. Unfortunately, these cannot be exchanged or used as part payment towards any other higher grade meeting.

Parking is free of charge for all public car parks, except for Starkey's Viewing area at larger events that is chargeable per day. Please see Parking Information at top of page for details.

Child tickets are for children 12 and under.

Yes, you can buy tickets on the gate at all our race meetings, by cash or card payment.

Please visit our dedicated media site to apply for accreditation at media.msv.com

Local residents discounts are available for tickets purchased on the gate and applicable to LE9 and DE74

The main support paddock is fully open to the public, with no restrictions. However, this is a working area with moving vehicles, so please take caution, and ensure that any children are supervised at all times There is no access to the pit lane itself.

Carers of our disabled guests may be entitled to free admission at MSV's race events. Please contact our call centre on 0843 453 9000 or carer@msv.com for further details and to make arrangements, no later than one week before the event you wish to attend.

 
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