April 6th

Historics and best of British in event double header at Donington Park this weekend

There are two great events to look forward to Donington Park this weekend with visits from the Historic Sports Car Club on Saturday (8 April), and the MG Car Club on Sunday (9 April).

Saturday’s action from the HSCC has attracted an incredible 240 cars on the entry list, with a busy schedule of nine races planned for cars dating back as far as the 1940s. Race content includes historic Formula Ford, Sports cars and saloons, as well as the popular Derek Bell Trophy.

A total of 56 Historic Formula Ford 1600 machines have entered this weekend’s races, so look out for plenty of drama here as the top-24 aim to make it to the championship race! Meanwhile, 31 Formula Ford 2000 cars will also do battle in their race, and with the Derek Bell Trophy catering for monstrous Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula 5000 cars also attracting a big entry, there’s plenty for aficionados of historic single seater racing to see on Saturday.

The 40-minute Guards Trophy race will feature nearly 40 sports-racing and GT cars built before 1966, while the two races for Road Sports are also brimming to capacity. Historic Touring Cars will also be in action with iconic cars such as the Ford Mustang and the Lotus Cortina in action, with the Classic Clubmans competing the line up with a race for unique front engined sports cars that look akin to dragsters!

Just a day after the historic throwback provided by the HSCC comes action from one of Britain’s most cherished marques. The MG Car Club event on Sunday will feature a huge variety of machinery that rolled off the famous production lines at Longbridge, competing in 10 races throughout the day.

The Peter Best Insurance MG Cup is always a highlight of an MGCC meeting, with both races for this category open to almost any type of MG, including Midgets, MGBs, Maestros, MGFs, ZRs and even the iconic Metro! With such variety on offer the grid is likely to be full and the racing dramatic!

The MG Trophy series will cater for three classes for the modern MG ZR, while racing on a budget will be provided by the Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup, which always attracts a big entry.

Further drama will come from the Equipe GTS series, which caters for pre-1966 sports cars, the MG Midget and Sprite Challenge, the Cockshoot Cup, which again features a variety of MG machinery, and finally the BCV8 Championship and Thoroughbred Sports Car Championship, which will include a range of mighty V8-powered MGB and MGC cars as well as road-going versions.

Tickets for both events are available upon arrival at Donington Park, priced at £17 per day. Children aged 13 and under go free. Local residents are entitled to a £5 discount, and are required to bring along proof of address and photographic ID (valid postcodes are DE72, DE73, DE74 and LE12 9).

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