Event double header at Donington Park this weekend!
Racing cars back on track after recent motorcycle headliners.
Donington Park will play host to two different race events this weekend (30-31 May), with action on Saturday from the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) and on Sunday from the MG Car Club (MGCC).
Saturday’s racing will see a variety of classic machinery do battle, including single seaters, touring cars and sports cars.
Single seater racing comes from Historic Formula Ford, featuring cars from before 1980, which started the careers of many F1 drivers. Further single seater action will come from the Derek Bell Trophy for screaming Formula 5000 and Formula 2 cars built between 1967 and 1979 and the Classic Formula Three Championship, featuring cars of the era raced in by Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle. The single seater line-up is completed by the Classic Racing Car Championship, open to a range of single seaters from the 1960s, with classes ranging from Formula 1 to Formula Junior, although F2 and F3 cars are the most common.
Going further back in time, classic tin top action will come from the Historic Road Sports Championship featuring production sports and GT cars built and registered between 1947 and 1969. The busy grid includes cars from TVR, Lotus, MG, Ginetta and Turner. Similar racing from slightly more modern machinery will come from the 70s Road Sports, which as the name would suggest, features cars in action from road-legal production sports cars produced in the 1970s. Expect machinery from Porsche, Datsun and MG to go wheel to wheel at Donington!
Historic Touring Cars will showcase a grid of saloon cars in production before 1966, with a huge variety of cars including the classic Mini Cooper, Ford Anglias, Lotus Cortinas, Ford Mustangs and Ford Falcons, with more sports car action coming from the HSCC Guards Trophy for pre-66 GT cars and pre-69 sports-racing cars.
Sunday’s racing from the MG Car Club includes a range of classic and modern machinery in action. The MG Trophy headlines the bill with two races featuring a line-up of modern MG ZR machines. This series has gained prominence in recent years for being the proving ground for British Touring Car Championship stars including Jack Goff who is now an established front runner. Low costs means a big grid of these saloons can be expected to do battle at Donington Park!
Further MG racing comes from the MG Midget and Sprite Challenge for these classic cars bearing the same name built between 1956 and 1979, and the eclectic Peter Best Insurance MG Cup which is open to almost any MG model ever built, ensuring another huge grid of cars, while a similar line-up competes in the MG Cockshoot Cup. The MG Metro Cup provides some of the closest racing seen anywhere in the UK with dozens of these evenly matched little tin tops going doorhandle to doorhandle around the sweeping curves of Donington Park! From little to large - the BCV8 Championship pitches MGBs and MGCs against each other, with classes for fully modified V8 engined cars to fully road legal machines.
It’s not just MGs in action though. The Equipe GTS series features a line-up of pre-1966 sports cars with five different engine classes from under 1150cc to 270cc, ensuring big variety once more, with more classic sports car action from the Iconic 50’s Sports Cars series. Completing the busy line-up is the Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship, which includes MGBs, Jaguar E Types, Aston Martins, Triumphs, Morgans and more!
Tickets for the Historic Sports Car Club on Saturday, and the MG Car Club on Sunday are available on the gate for £15 per day, with free entry for children aged 13 and under.