British Touring cars set for Donington duel this weekend - extended ticket booking deadline!
The British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park is just days away, with this Easter weekend (15-16 April) set to be an action packed two days of family entertainment!
This year’s BTCC line-up is one of the strongest in years with five champions and 16 race winners going wheel to wheel with some of the brightest young talent the series has ever produced. As well as three races on Sunday for the BTCC, there is also top class support race drama from sports cars in the form of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, hot hatches from the Renault UK Clio Cup UK, and promising youngsters in Ginetta Juniors and British Formula 4.
Meanwhile, a host of child friendly activities and entertainment around the venue all weekend will ensure there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, with tickets starting at just £15, with free entry for children aged 13 and under.
Exciting BTCC battles resume
The opening BTCC rounds of the 2017 season at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago were classic BTCC with close finishes, three different winners, plenty of wheel banging from the 32 drivers and lots of controversy.
Reigning champion Gordon Shedden leads the standings having secured one of the wins, with youngster Tom Ingram and former champion and Donington-local Andrew Jordan also tasting the victory champagne.
Former champions Colin Turkington and Matt Neal had mixed weekends at the last round, but both men typically go well at Donington and should be names to watch this weekend. Neal made history at Donington in 1999, becoming the first ‘independent’ driver to win a BTCC race, scooping a cool £250,000 in the process, and has taken seven victories at the circuit since then.
Birmingham man Neal comments: “It’s always great to race at my local track and I have a lot of special memories there, going right back to my first victory in 1999. I’m looking forward to celebrating my first win of the year on home turf!”
One man aiming to kick his season into life is series legend Jason Plato. The Subaru driver is the record holder for most wins in the series with 95 victories and has won the title twice. But the Brands Hatch weekend was a disappointment with a best finish of 12th and a start line shunt at the start of race two that ruled him out of the rest of the weekend. He will be a man on a mission this weekend, which always makes for entertaining viewing!
Look out too for Leicester man Stephen Jelley, who has returned to the series this year after several years in different categories. He’s a former race winner, and will be keen to secure strong results at his home circuit.
Family fun all weekend
As well as the thrilling on track action taking place across the two days, there is also plenty of entertainment around the venue, including a fun zone on the infield which includes trampolines, bouncy castles, go karts and more, while the large indoor Paddock Suite will feature a pit stop challenge, a large Scalextric set, simulators and face painting.
There will also be the opportunity to win prizes, with lucky bag hunts running on Donington Park’s social media feeds throughout the weekend, so fans are encouraged to keep track of Official Donington Park Racing on Facebook and @DoningtonParkUK on Twitter during the event.
All visitors will be able to join the pit walk at lunch time on Sunday, allowing fans to meet the BTCC stars and get autographs. With an open paddock, spectators will be able to get close to the teams as they prepare for battle, and big screens on Sunday will mean they will miss none of the action.
Lively infield campsite with live music
The popular infield campsite will be open from Friday afternoon, and gives easy access to great views of the action! As well as the superb vantage points, there is also plenty of family fun at the campsite with children’s activities as well as live music on Saturday night courtesy of rock cover bands The Almost Band, VooDoo Moon and Red Lane.
Full facilities are available at the campsite, including hot showers, toilets, food outlets, and bars. Campsite spaces are available from £64 per person, which includes full weekend general admission to the race event. Camping pitches are also required to complete a booking.
Extended ticket deadline
The deadline for spectators to save money on tickets has been extended to 5pm on Thursday 13 April. Purchasing tickets in advance allows fans to save money compared to on the day prices, and print at home options are available as well as a choice for ticket collections at the venue. Available tickets include Saturday entry for £15, Sunday (main raceday) admission for £30, or the full weekend for £34. Other options including camping and hospitality upgrades are also available.
Donington Park Sporting Director Bob Adams commented: “We always look forward to the annual visit from the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park. The series constantly delivers huge entertainment, with countless memorable moments from the past 40 years here. We fully expect another thrilling weekend of action and with entertainment around the venue all weekend, a day at the BTCC at Donington Park is the perfect family day out.”
Gates open this weekend at 7.30am on both days, with on track activity commencing at 9.30am on Saturday and 9.25am on Sunday. Parking is free for all visitors.
For more information about the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, or to book tickets, click here.