June 29th

Historic racers set to Master Donington Park this weekend

Donington Park hosts the Masters Festival this weekend (2-3 July) with a huge assortment of classic Formula One and sports car machinery set to do battle.

A fabulous line-up of Historic Formula One cars from the 1970s and 80s will be one of the major talking points of the weekend, with two races. Look out for cars from the likes of Williams, Lotus, Tyrrell and even an ex-James Hunt Hesketh, all racing in the same liveries as in period, and powered by sonorous engines that are a real throwback to the ‘golden age’ of Formula One. One not to miss is the Ligier JS/17 of Rob Hall, the car powered by a glorious V12 engine. Hall is a name synonymous with Donington Park, with his Hall & Hall company responsible for the restoration and preparation of many of the cars resident in the Donington Grand Prix Collection.

Sports cars from the 1960s and 70s will go head to head in the one hour FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship race, with a strong total of 23 cars entered. Names to look out for here include renowned historic racer Martin Stretton who will pilot a Lola T210 while British GT front runners Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will switch their modern day Lamborghini Huracan GT3 supercar for a 1970 vintage Lola T70 MK3B.

Ford Mustangs, Cortinas and Austin Mini Coopers will provide plenty of entertainment in Sunday’s Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars race, with Masters impresario Ron Maydon looking to show his talents behind the wheel of his Mini Cooper S. Another name to keep an eye on will be Henry Mann in the Invitation class. Mann is one of the sons of legendary team manager Alan Mann, whose famous red and gold livery adorned many classic Ford machines in period.

A selection of iconic Ford GT40s will be in action in the Masters Three Hours race on Saturday evening. An exotic line-up for this race includes further eye catching machinery including Lotus Elans, Porsche 911s, Jaguar E-Types, and Ford Mustangs, all hailing from the early 1960s.

Meanwhile, thunderous sports cars from the CanAm era will thrill in the Masters Allcomers event, which includes hugely powerful, and in some case, over eight-litre engines with cars from McLaren, Chevron and Lola. An interesting story here is the return to the track of BRDC Chairman John Grant’s McLaren M8C/D. The 1970 car, driven by Grant, was severely damaged in an accident in 2010, but has been painstakingly restored back to full working order since then, and returns to racing for the first time this weekend.

As well as the historic action, there is further superb on track drama with sports and saloon car racing from the British Racing & Sports Car Club.

Tickets are available in advance for £15 per day or £25 for the full weekend until 5pm tonight (Wednesday). Tickets will also be available for purchase upon arrival at the gate. For more information or to book, click here.

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