Champions set to be crowned at Donington Park this weekend
The prestigious British GT and BRDC F3 Championships hold their season finales at Donington Park this weekend (10-11 September), with champions set to be crowned in both categories.
The ultra-competitive British GT Championship has become a jewel in the crown of British motorsport, with huge grids of over 30 supercars doing battle across the country, with cars including Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and Porsches.
Three crews remain in with a chance of winning this year’s overall title. Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen currently lead the standings in their stunning Lamborghini Huracan, 11.5 points ahead of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Bentley pairing Rick Parfitt Jr (son of Status-Quo’s guitarist) and young charger Seb Morris are the outsiders for the title battle, but last year’s round at Donington saw plenty of drama, and more of the same this year could see the duo clinch the crown, especially with 37.5 points on offer for the race win.
The scores are even closer in the GT4 Championship, which competes as a separate class in the same race. Just 2.5 points separate Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s Ginetta and Jack Bartholomew’s Aston Martin. This title looks set to be every bit as dramatic as the main GT3 category.
British GT races on Sunday afternoon, with the titles to be settled after a spectacular two hour contest around the swoops and crests of the Donington circuit.
The British F3 name returned to motorsport circles this year, and four drivers are in with a chance of adding their names to a roll call of champions that includes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricky Collard, son of BTCC front-runner Rob Collard, is the current leader of the championship, with Brazilian Matheus Leist second and Australian Thomas Randle third. Another British driver, Toby Sowery, is also in the mix and with three races to be tackled across the weekend, any one of the four could become the newest victor of one of the key proving grounds in world motorsport.
BRDC F3 is renowned as a single seater category that provides not only great racing, but a fantastic proving ground for young racers keen to make their way up to Formula One. As a result, it attracts some of the world’s most talented F1 aspirants, and there’s every chance that some of the drivers racing this weekend will make their way to F1 in the future. This level of prestige means that an international crop of drivers from countries including India, the USA, Kenya, Finland and South Africa will go wheel to wheel for a last chance to claim a victory this year.
As well as the races from British GT and BRDC British F3, there are numerous support races from sports cars and saloons, as well as family fun including bouncy castles, a giant Scalextric set, simulators and face painting.
Tickets are available in advance priced at £12 for Saturday, £15 for Sunday or £22 for the full weekend, and offer savings on the gate prices. For more information or to book tickets, click here.