BTCC support stars warm-up ahead of Donington weekend
The four support series racing with the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park this weekend (18-19 April) were in action on the Leicestershire circuit today (Thursday) as the teams and drivers warmed up for what promises to be a thrilling weekend at Donington.
A very exciting trio of races from the brand new MSA Formula single seater championship is in store, with the top 15 drivers all covered by less than a second in official testing today. British rising star, 15-year-old Daniel Ticktum emerged fastest, 0.231s quicker than fellow Brit James Pull, with Ricky Collard, son of BTCC race winner Rob, in third. 22 drivers, all hopeful of working their way into F1 were in action, with an international field of drivers from countries including India, Romania, USA and Brazil in action. Local driver, Sennan Fielding, was fifth fastest overall.
It was equally close for another group of youngsters in the Kick Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship. Danish driver Patrik Matthiesen was quickest, but only by 0.037s, barely a blink of an eyelid, from Billy Monger. The top-15 runners were again covered by less than a second, and with dramatic racing a renowned feature of this championship, expect fireworks in their two races this weekend! Local drivers to look out for in this series include Jonathan Hadfield, from Buxton in Derbyshire, and Chesterfield’s Sebastian Perez.
The Renault UK Clio Cup is looking extremely competitive this season, and a tight battle at the front is surely in store judging by today’s action. Ash Hand broke the Donington Clio Cup lap record in testing today, but was only 0.017s quicker than Ashley Sutton. Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 F1 Champion James Hunt, was seventh fastest. Local drivers to look out for here include Oakham’s Mark Howard, Graham Field from Southwell and Staffordshire ace Ant Whorton-Eales. There will be three races from the Clios this weekend.
Expect more competitive action in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Jamie Orton posted the quickest time ahead of Carl Breeze with the top-nine racers covered by less than a second. The Supercup aces will have a trio of races at Donington this weekend.
Action at Donington resumes at 9.30am on Saturday morning. An exciting schedule of 14 races will take place across the weekend, with a pit walk on Sunday morning at 9.15am where spectators can get up close and personal to the stars of the British Touring Car Championship.
Tickets for both days are available on the gate priced at £15 for Saturday, £35 for Sunday and £40 for the full weekend.