April 29th

Life of Mick Hill celebrated with marshal presentation at Donington Historic Festival

On Saturday 29th April the Donington Park ES team and Marshals were presented with an insulated lunch bag with the Donington 40th Anniversary logo together with a card with personal words of thanks to the marshals from Leonora Cope, the wife of Mick Hill.

On the reverse of the card is a picture of Ayrton Senna, on the Craner Curves, Donington, at the European Grand Prix in 1993. The artist, Paul Chenard, kindly gave exclusive permission for the picture to be specially reproduced for this occasion. The gifts to the marshals were generously sponsored by DK Engineering, Pneumatic Services and Unusual Rigging.

Leonora said that since Mick died in 2014 no fitting tribute had been made to commemorate his amazing racing career, 96 race wins and a proud member of the British Racing Drivers Club. As Mick regarded the marshals as the unsung heroes of motorsport, and it was appropriate to honour them in his name. As this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the reopening of Donington Park and Mick raced at the opening meeting, it was the most opportune moment to do this. Mick's best friend of many years, Robert Else, was the sponsor of that first meeting and so very important that he should be a part of this presentation too.

As well as Leonora and Robert, Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate, Donington Historic Festival organiser Richard Grafton and local young driver Tom Wood all made speeches about the importance of marshals, without whom, there would be no racing. Castle Donington Parish Council chairman Sean Ambrose Jones was also present. 

Mel Baggaley of the Donington ES Team, and representatives from the British Motorsports Marshals Club; Kate Neal, Kara Florey and Jayne Poston were all on hand to receive the presentation on behalf of the Donington Park marshals.

For more information about marshalling at Donington Park, visit www.marshals.co.uk

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