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CATEGORIES (articles) > Motor Sport > Circuits > Donington Park Race Circuit

Donington Park Race Circuit


Donington Park Circuit
Location North West Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Major events British Touring Car Championship, British Superbikes MotoGP
Circuit length 4.023 kilometres (2.5 miles)
Turns ?
Lap record 1'18.029 min. 185.608 km/h. (Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1993)
World Series by Renault at Donington Park's Melbourne Hairpin in 2005.

Donington Park is a site near Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire, England, owned by millionaire motoring enthusiast Tom Wheatcroft. It is used as a Grand Prix track, and for music festivals.


Motor Racing

Donington Park. Showing Spitfire Sculpture and track
(2005)

The original Donington track was opened in 1931, and initially used for motorcycle races. In 1937 and 1938, it was already used to stage Grands Prix; the race winners were respectively Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari, both in Auto Union 'Silver Arrows'.

In recent times it has held meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbikes and MotoGP as well as, most famously, the 1993 European Grand Prix. This race was won by the late Ayrton Senna, and was described by AtlasF1 as the 'Drive of the Decade' ([1] lupini.html) . There is a memorial to Senna in the grounds of the racetrack, outside a shop selling motorsports memorabilia.

Other events taking place at the track include the World Series by Renault, the British Superbike Championship and the Great and British Motorsport Festival.

The track is also the location of a museum, the Donington Grand Prix Collection. This opened in 1973, and is the largest collection of Grand Prix cars anywhere in the world.


Music Festivals

Donington Park has a great pedigree of holding rock concerts and festivals, having played host to the Monsters of Rock concerts from the early 80s to mid 90s, when groups such as AC/DC, Metallica and Iron Maiden - who have each headlined three times - performed there. More recently, it has played host to Stereophonics' A Day At The Races event in 2001, Ozzfest in 2002 and Download Festival in 2003, headlined by Iron Maiden and Audioslave, who were late replacements for Limp Bizkit, who pulled out of the festival. Download was held again in 2004, when Metallica returned to Donington, accompanied by a star-studded lineup including Slipknot, KoЯn, Linkin Park, Slayer and a number of other high profile rock bands. The 2005 Download festival was held in June, featuring Black Sabbath as well as System of a Down, Feeder and Velvet Revolver. In 2006, Guns N Roses and Metallica headlined the event.


Location

The facility is also host to a regular market.

Donington Park is located just off the M1 and is very close to Nottingham East Midlands Airport, and aircraft taking off fly directly over the circuit at low altitude, as can been seen from this map.


Trivia

  • The Donington Park track has been simulated and can be 'driven' in several pc racing simulations, like Spirit of Speed 1937 (the 1937 version of the track is featured, as the name suggests), Sports Car GT, Le Mans 24 Hours, and Grand Prix Legends.



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