Clubmans to celebrate 50th anniversary at Donington Park
Clubmans will celebrate their 50th anniversary at Donington Park this weekend. The series for front engined sports cars has raced each year since 1965 and launched the careers of many famous names in motorsport.
The category was initiated in the United Kingdom by Nick Syrett and The Clubmans Register, which still represents the car owners, drivers and constructors. Donington has a long association with Clubmans; the first ever motor race that Tom Wheatcroft held at the rebuilt Donington Park was for the formula, with the race winner holding the outright lap record for a long duration.
Names to have graduated from Clubmans racing include Patrick Head (ex-Williams F1 designer), Max Moseley (ex-FIA president), BTCC racers Frank Sytner and Will Hoy and Le Mans legend Derek Bell, who is now the President of the Clubmans Register. Around 1600 Clubmans races have been held since 1965 and an estimated 2000 drivers have taken to the grid.
Clubmans Racing is one of the most affordable types of motorsport available to compete in, ensuring big grids at almost every event. The cars involved are among the most quirky seen in motorsport, and with several chassis constructors, the grid is among the most varied in motorsport. There are several different classes to the series, including Classics for pre-1980s cars, to more modern Sports 1600 and Proto cars. With such variety, the series is renowned for providing great excitement and two races for the series will be held this weekend.
The popularity of Clubmans has seen the category expand to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and Scandinavia.
A number of special guests are expected to watch the Clubmans Races at Donington Park this weekend, including Ian Phillips (former Team Manager of Force India F1), Noel Stanbury (former Team Manager of Tyrrell F1) and Tim Goss, a former works Lotus driver in the early 1960s. All started their race careers in Clubmans.
Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate is looking forward to welcoming the Clubman racers to Donington Park this weekend. “It’s fantastic to see the Clubmans Register reach this milestone, and the series is held in very high regard in the motorsport community. One only has to look at the names that have come out of this series to understand just how important a proving ground Clubmans has been, and still is, for not only drivers, but for motorsport engineers and designers too.”
The Clubmans races form part of the support act for the British Superkart Grand Prix, which is taking place at Donington Park this weekend. Tickets are available for purchase upon arrival at the circuit, priced at £15 per day or £25 for the full weekend.