July 7th

Saloons and Sports cars set for Donington Park this weekend

A packed line-up of sports and saloon cars will be in action at Donington Park this weekend (11-12 July) with action from the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC), with some of the races to be shown live on specialist network Motors TV.

A total of 20 races will take place over the two days, with action guaranteed. There will be slipstreaming aplenty from five separate Caterham categories for the iconic little British sports car, with eight races in total, and a big entry. Over 80 cars are entered across the classes, with local interest coming from Burton racer Graham Smith competing in the Classic category, and Hinckley’s Jason Gale in the Sigma class.

More cars of this type will do battle in the Sevenesque series, with two races on Sunday, which is dominated by Caterham-style racing.

Breaking the Caterham domination on Sunday is touring car-style action from the Kumho BMW Championship. The series is one of the most successful BMW racing series in the UK, and has attracted a large entry of 30 cars ahead of the weekend, with Leicester racer Kal Ezzat entered in a BMW M3.

Legendary sportscars will compete in the Porsche Club Championship, featuring a wide variety of cars from the German manufacturer. Expect to see models including Carreras, Boxters, Caymans and turbo powered cars in the valuable line-up! The cars seen here are very similar to those seen in the British Touring Car support package, and expect the racing to be every bit as intense.

Hot rod style racing will come from the Avon Tyres Intermarque Championship. This is a ‘silhouette’ formula for space frame style cars, designed to encourage close competition, with cars baring only a passive resemblance to machinery from BMW, Peugeot, Vauxhall and Mercedes among others. With partially reversed grids, the racing is usually frantic as the faster runners fight their way from the back to the front!

Completing the bill is more sports car action from the Le Mans-style Radical Owners Club Challenge. This features bike-engined sports prototypes going against car-engined machines, with both types of machine boasting impressive power to weight ratios, light weight and downforce ensuring rapid lap times and close racing!

Tickets for the British Automobile Racing Club races on 11-12 July at Donington Park are available in advance for £12 per day or £20 for the full weekend. Advance sales go offline at 5pm on Wednesday 8 July, and tickets will then be available for purchase on the gate at £15 per day.

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