Star names in action as BTCC theme continues at Donington Park this weekend
The Donington Park motorsport season continues this weekend (25-26 April), with action from MotorSport Vision Racing.
With Donington having hosted a successful round of the British Touring Car Championship last weekend (18-19 April), that theme continues this weekend with plenty of saloons, GT cars and single seaters, with some recognisable names in action!
BTCC rising star Tom Ingram will return to Donington again, just a week after his exploits at the same circuit. The 20-year-old will compete in the GT Cup, at the wheel of a spectacular Ferrari 458 machine. Another name well known to followers of the BTCC, Phil Glew, is also expected to race, piloting another Ferrari 458. The million pound grid features a huge range of supercars, including machines from McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari, Ginetta and Mosler with three races across the two days.
Leading British female driver Abbie Eaton steps up to the GT Cup this year, and will pilot a BMW M3. Eaton is the current Mazda MX5 Supercup Champion and has seen her success recognised by the British Racing Driver’s Club, having been inducted into the prestigious BRDC Rising Stars initiative this year. Eaton also won the 2009 Production Touring Car Championship, demonstrating that she’s definitely a name to watch this weekend!
The BTCC theme continues in the MINI Challenge, a series with growing stature as a proving ground for future BTCC stars. The series welcomes 19-year-old Henry Neal, son of triple BTCC Champion Matt Neal, to its line-up for 2015. Neal will drive a car prepared by Team Dynamics, the same outfit behind the ultra-successful Honda team in the BTCC. Such is the popularity of the MINI Challenge, that there will be two separate grids for the series this year. BTCC team Power Maxed Racing, who played a starring role in the touring car races so far also field a team in the MINI Challenge, which pits grids of near-identical modern MINIs against each other, with thrilling results guaranteed!
More sports car action will come from the Lotus Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK, while open topped Radical sports cars that look just like those that race at Le Mans, will compete in the Radical Sprint and Radical Enduro. The sprints will see races of 15 minutes duration, while driver longevity at the wheel of these physical cars will be tested in the 40 minute races on Sunday. The racing line-up is completed by single seater action from the F3 Cup, the only series in the UK where spectators can see contemporary Formula Three machines in action, the type of cars that propelled Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to stardom!
Tickets for the MSVR race meeting at Donington Park this weekend (25-26 April) are available for purchase on the gate for £15 per day or £25 for the full weekend. Hospitality packages are also available by calling 01332 819518.