April 23rd

BTCC ace Turkington to race at Donington Historic Festival

Double British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington has confirmed he will be racing at the Donington Historic Festival this weekend (30 April-2 May).

The Northern Irishman will be competing the HSCC Super Touring Car Challenge and in Sunday’s 90 minute GT and Sports Car Cup race.

Turkington will thrill the crowds in the HSCC Super Touring Car Challenge at the wheel of an ex Steve Soper DTM BMW M3. The Super Touring Car Challenge is a much celebrated series which returns the iconic touring cars of the 1980s and 1990s back to the race track, with these cars credited for turning the BTCC into the fan favourite it is today. A fantastic grid is expected to race this weekend and some famed drivers too, including another champion, John Cleland. A total of 19 cars expected to do battle at the festival including a five-cylinder ex-Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 machine which will return to action after 17 years. Further iconic cars on the grid including Honda Accords, Vauxhall Vectras, Ford Mondeos, Nissan Primeras and Renault Lagunas. Another former BTCC racer, Patrick Watts, will be at the wheel of a Peugeot 406.

Turkington will also drive a Corvette alongside Sam Thomas in the GT and Sports Car Cup race, which caters for pre-1966 GT cars and pre-1963 sports cars, as seen in period in the World Endurance Championship.

Turkington commented: “I had a great time in 2014 when I last competed with Sam Thomas Racing, and I made a conscious decision to become more involved with the classic and historic area of motorsport. The scene is more alive than ever with some incredible cars and some fantastic people and teams. Sam Thomas and Mark Smith are two such individuals. I am so grateful that they have asked me to get behind the wheel of such exciting machines and I am counting down the days to next weekend.”

The Donington Historic Festival is one of Europe’s biggest festivals for historic motorsport, and is held for the sixth time this weekend. A total of 17 races are scheduled for cars dating back as far as the 1920s, with an eclectic mix of priceless sports cars, GTs, single seaters and more all going wheel to wheel around the famous curves of Donington Park, as well as parades and on track demonstrations from F1 cars. In a unique feature, several of the historic racers will perform a street demonstration through Castle Donington village on Saturday evening, which is free to attend.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance until 5pm on Wednesday (27 April) with free entry for children aged under 16 if accompanied by an adult ticket holder. TO book, click here. Tickets will also be available for purchase upon arrival at the circuit throughout the weekend.

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