Thundersport to bring down the curtain on Donington’s 40th anniversary season
Donington Park’s 40th anniversary season concludes this weekend (21-22 October) with a 31-race schedule from the Thundersport GB Motorcycle Club.
Thundersport is one of the leading clubs in the UK and hundreds of riders are expected to be in action this weekend as the club also brings its own year to a close, with many titles still up for grabs.
All levels of racer will be represented throughout the event, from clubman riders out to end their season on a high, to the aspiring youngsters hoping to follow in famous footsteps in the Thundersport Superteens series, which has developed today’s heroes including Cal Crutchlow, Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Leon Camier. Charlie Farmer and Matthew Bower are the top two in this year’s title battle, and both will be looking to claim the crown to cement their status as a star of the future. Meanwhile local interest comes from 13-year-old Harry Leigh from Hathern (Leicestershire), who will be hoping to use his home advantage to good effect.
Meanwhile, bikes of a certain vintage will also be in action, especially from the celebrated era of the 1980s and 90s courtesy of the the Golden Era Superbike, Supersport and Steelsport categories.
The most intriguing title scrap is in the Golden Era Supersport series, where just 17 points separate Richard Harrison, Robert Goodall and Luke MacRae with 100 points available from the four races this weekend. Local fans can also cheer on Nottingham’s Sam Nicholson, Derby’s Dave Grace and Swadlincote’s Daniel Wright.
The Golden Era Superbike championship is also up for grabs, with 18 points between Ritchie Thornton and Ryan Strafford, with local man Andrew Barling from Allenton (Derby) likely to be a top-10 contender.
Another tight battle is in the GB Racing British Military Inter Services series, with 10 points separating RAF-men Stephen Kaplan and Anthony Van Looy. Championships will also be decided in the Thundersport 600 Sportsman and Elite series, the Golden Era Steelsport and the Pre National 600 Freshman, where Lee McLoughlin needs to score just three points from the four races to secure the crown.
Action starts at 9am on both days, with on track activity continuing past 5.30pm.
Day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are £17 on the gate with free admission for children aged 13 and under. Adult weekend tickets will be available for £30. For more information click here.
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