Masters Festival to provide historic highlights at Donington Park
A spectacular collection of classic racing cars will be in racing action at Donington Park this weekend (4-5 July), as the circuit plays host to the Masters Festival.
The Masters Four Hour race, and a capacity grid for the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship are the highlights of a packed schedule of 16 races, with racing from 9.05am on both days, running into the early evening.
The inaugural Masters Four Hours, to be held on Saturday, is the UK’s version of the popular format run at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, and has attracted over 35 cars so far, with competing cars being Grand Touring Machinery built before 1966. There is a mouthwatering entry for the race with cars including the iconic Ford GT40, AC Cobras, Jaguar E-Types, Morgans, and Porsche 911s. Touring car legend Steve Soper, a previous winner of the 24 hours of Spa and Nurburgring, is confirmed to drive a GT40 in this race, having recently returned to racing in historic cars.
An exciting entry is expected in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, which sees Le Mans style sports cars in action, built between 1962 and 1974. These ‘big bangers’ include cars from Lola, Chevron, Porsche and Ferrari. The entry is headed by Donington local Simon Hadfield, who shares his Lola T70 Mk3B with Leo Voyazides, but they will be up against a number of similar cars as well as an ultra-rare Lotus 19 Monte Carlo.
Further historic racing comes from the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, which will see grids of huge variety including Ford Mustangs, Ford Falcons, Mercury Comets right down to the classic Mini and Lotus Cortinas.
The Masters 70s Celebration double header will see yet more historic action with a mix of saloons and sports cars from the 1970s going head to head.
Further action comes from a range of sports and saloon championships from the British Racing and Sports Car Club, including the Scottish BMW Compact Cup, Toyo Tires Porsche Championship, Scottish Classic Sports and Saloons Championship, SRCC Sports 2000 Chamnpionship and BRSCC Caterham Open Trophy.
Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “We are delighted to welcome back the Masters Historic Racing organisation to Donington Park, for the first time since 2012.
“Masters has become a world class historic racing promoter, and holds events not just in the UK but also across Europe and even North America, providing support races to F1 in Montreal, Singapore and Austin.
“This weekend’s action at Donington will be truly spectacular. The cars expected are immensely valuable but that doesn’t stop the drivers from going wheel to wheel, and spectators at Donington this weekend really must take advantage of the open paddock policy to get up close and personal to these wonderful machines.”
Tickets for the Masters Festival at Donington Park are available in advance for £15 per day or £25 for the full two day weekend, with free entry for children aged 13 and under.