Supercar theme continues as star names head to Donington Park this weekend
Exciting supercars will return to Donington Park this weekend (19/20 September), with two days of action from MotorSport Vision Racing, while star names will also be in action in several series.
A diverse mix of saloons, sports cars and single seaters will race across the weekend in a busy 19 race schedule.
Expensive and powerful supercars, similar to those that competed in the British GT Championship recently, will do battle in the GT Cup Championship across both days. Expect to see cars from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Chevron and more go wheel to wheel across three races, including a 50 minute long encounter on Saturday.
Siblings to do battle in MINI Challenge
The MINI Challenge has quickly become one of Britain’s top one make series, and a proven stepping stone into major championships such as the British Touring Car Championship. Such is the popularity of this championship, that four races will take place across the weekend, with two races for the entry-level Cooper category, and two races for the brand new R56 variants, which feature big slick tyres, bespoke aerodynamics and a turbocharged two litre engine.
TV presenter and racer Vicki Butler-Henderson and her brother Charlie will compete in the R56 category, the first time the pair will race against each other. Charlie is a title contender in the category and a former British Touring Car racer, and commented to Motorsport News: “It will be great to have Vicki on the grid at Donington, we’ve been waiting so long to race against each other.
“Donington will be a big weekend for me as I’m playing catch up in the championship. Hopefully if Vicki is on the pace then perhaps she can take some points away from my main rivals, although I’m not sure we’ll be using any sibling team orders!”
BTCC racer to compete in VAG Trophy encounters
More saloon car action comes from the VAG Trophy series, for cars from the Volkswagen Audi Group, with cars up to 300 horsepower going head to head around Donington. The three races have attracted attention from BTCC ace Josh Cook, who will race a MK5 Volkswagen Golf this weekend, provided by the same team he runs with in touring cars, Power Maxed Racing.
“I’m really looking to getting behind the wheel of another Power Maxed Racing car,” he commented.
“The VAG Trophy really has a mix of cars so I can’t wait to get stuck in for a race weekend without any pressure. This weekend will be more relaxed for us, but we are still racing, so you never know about a podium!”
More saloons and single seaters!
More German saloon action comes courtesy of the Production BMW series, which always attracts a big driver entry. The Production BMW series is partnered with the Toyo Tires Racing Saloons, which caters for almost any saloon car, and boasts near capacity grids at all its rounds. A 45 minute Allcomers race from MotorSport Vision Trackdays will also take place on Saturday, offering another chance for saloons to go up against one another, with many of the drivers entering races for the first time.
A massive entry of single seater racers will also do battle in the Monoposto category. This series caters for almost any kind of single seater, with cars entered including Formula 3, Formula Renault and Formula Ford machinery across several categories.
Tickets for the MotorSport Vision Racing event at Donington Park on the 19-20 September are available upon arrival at the circuit for £15 per day. For more information visit www.donington-park.co.uk