Sports car enduros set to thrill at Donington this weekend
Donington Park welcomes the 360 Motor Racing Club this Sunday (2 August), for a double header of endurance races for Grand Touring and sports cars.
The Endurance Racing Series and 360 All Comers Endurance Series will both host three hour battles, which will test drivers to the very limits with their speed, strategy and driver changes!
The Endurance Racing Series is a new five round racing series for GT, Sports and Saloon cars, catering for amateurs and gentleman drivers. The entrants consist of mostly closed cockpit cars balanced by power, weight and ride height limits, with each race split into six classes to cater for cars of different speeds.
There’s an eclectic entry ahead of the weekend including the Porsche 997 of Guillaume Gruchet and the Lohen Mini Cooper of Andrey Magiy and Luke Wright who have entered every round so far, with a host of newcomers also expected, highlighting the flexibility of the series. Gruchet has aspirations to race at Le Mans and has put in some gruelling and courageous drives as a lone racer, meaning he races the full three hours!
Another interesting entry comes from Team BRIT, an ambitious project to carve a path for injured ex-servicemen to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Drivers Martyn Compton and Danny Holland have already secured class wins this season, and are joined by Mark Allen in their Class Five Newbridge Motorsport-run VW Golf, while a pair of eccentric Ariel Atoms have also confirmed entries.
After the three hour contest for the Endurance Racing Series, a further three hour race will take place for the 360 All Comers Endurance Series. This race will cater for all age groups of production saloon and GT cars built up to 2009, in either relay or single-entry format. The 360 Series usually attracts an extensive entry of cars, ranging from historics to mainstays of the club racing scene, with a diverse mix of drivers too, and all competing in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
As is usual, the paddock at Donington will be open throughout the race meeting meaning spectators will be able to get up close to the cars competing in the races and speak to the competitors.
Tickets will be on sale at the event for £15 with free entry for children aged 13 and under.