August 8th

Double header at Donington this weekend

Two separate events at Donington Park should keep all motorsport enthusiasts occupied this weekend, with a day of car racing on Saturday, before the inaugural Donington 500 on Sunday.

Saturday’s action comes from MotorSport Vision Racing, which will bring a selection of sports and saloon car championships to compete across nine races throughout the day.

Series in action include the Lotus Cup and Elise Trophy, which promises a grid full of nippy sportscars from one of Britain’s top manufacturers, while Caterhams will battle it out in the 7 Race Series.

Sports protoypes will compete in the Radical SR1 Cup, while packed grids of saloons will go wheel to wheel in the MSVT Trackday Trophy and Nippon Challenge races. The Trackday Trophy is renowned for bringing newcomers into motorsport, while the Nippon Challenge pitches a number of Japanese machines against one another. Tickets will be available upon arrival for £17 per adult, with free entry for children aged 13 and under. More information available here.

Attentions turn to motorcycles on Sunday 13 August, for the inaugural Donington 500 event, which will see a rare race appearance by the legendary Ron Haslam.

The Donington 500, run by Thundersport GB, will feature a selection of different grids, with the showcase race being the Donington 500 Two-Fifty Endurance, in which Haslam will be racing, wholly contested on CB500 machinery fitted with Dunlop Alpha 13SP tyres. This will be a pure endurance style competition with just one motorcycle shared between each team of riders. Each team will need to balance outright speed with fuel stops, brake pad changes and the ability to nurse a motorcycle to the finish in order to stand a chance of outright victory.

Donington Park in conjunction with Thundersport GB are also keen to firmly establish the link between affordable racing and childrens’ racing. Therefore, for the first time in modern racing, the Cool Fab Racing Conti and Metrakit GP50s and GP70s will be sharing equal billing with the adult classes at an ACU-sanctioned event, with no less than three races for these mini Grand Prix motorcycles.

Other highlights of the day’s programme include the GB Racing Military Races, which will showcase serving military riders with a full set of three championship races and the Thundersport 21st Century Challenge. This is a race for any rider born in the 21st century riding a production-based machine up to and including a 650cc twin engine. The race will feature motorcycles such as Aprilia RS125s, Kawasaki ZX300s, KTM RC390s and Suzuki SV65s. The results will be based on a sealed handicap system.

Tickets for the Donington 500 on 13 August will be available upon arrival at the circuit, priced at just £5. Children aged 13 and under go free. For more information, click here.

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