Quote: On behalf of Masters Historic Racing LimitedPRESS RELEASE
Dated 8th June 2010
– Plans are announced for the Re-Opening motor race meeting at the rebuilt track - Sept 3-5, 2010.
Donington Park’s new leaseholders, Adroit, and Masters Historic Racing will jointly organise a programme of racing and special demonstrations to celebrate the re-opening of the famed circuit.
The 3 day timetable will include a wide spread of historic races, from 1970/80s’ Grand Prix cars, to 1960s saloons, as well as a demonstrations by cars from Donington famous Grand Prix Collection, and by invited modern race teams. The Saturday-Sunday public programme is planned to widen the audience for historic racing, as well as to reward the loyal East Midlands fans who have supported the circuit and the Wheatcroft family after the closure of the circuit during autumn 2009, under its previous tenants.
As well as the racing, there will be much to entertain visitors of all ages and interests with special displays, parades, on-track demonstrations, bands, car clubs, music and parties for the competitors.The event will be called “DONINGTON REVIVED! – A Celebration”Circuit repair and refurbishment.
New leaseholders Adroit, led by Group Managing Director David Broome, and Operations Director and Project Manager Steve Watton, with Donington Park’s owner Kevin Wheatcroft, and the consulting engineers at Pick Everard, are underway with the rebuild plan, and in close consultation with the Governing Body of motorsport, the MSA, plan for a re-construction timetable which allows for the track to be fully ready and inspected to MSA and FIA Grade 2 level in good time before the celebration event date.
All registered race entrants for the Donington Revived! Meeting will enjoy a special preview and test day in late August, when the sights and sounds of many famous classic racing cars will once again echo around Donington Park
With early September sunset at around 19.45, there will be an opportunity to run an “Into the Dusk” sportscar race to close the first day of competition.
The event Organising team will be led by Robert Fearnall, who has such long experience of the venue, and by Christopher Tate and the Masters Team, and the race action will be managed by Masters Racing Club. Race content
– there will be twelve feature races – some being in 2 parts - over the Saturday and Sunday, with all qualifying on Friday for the Masters grids of 1966-85 Grand Prix cars; 1960-66 open sports cars – “SRM”; for the 1966-74 World Sportscar Masters Le Mans cars; the Pre-1966 Gentleman Drivers GT cars; the Interserie Revival (1970s Prototypes and CanAm cars) races; for Pre-‘66 Touring Cars, including a special Mini class.
There will also be a special feature race in celebration of the first-ever Donington 1977 race meeting, which will build upon the grid regularly run by Masters in their ‘Stars of the 70s’ races, to which as many of the types of car which raced at the original opening of Donington back in 1977 can compete. Invitations to race for two other clubs are under discussion at present.
Any competitor who raced at that original 1977 meeting, and who can prove their participation with an original race programme or a copy of their results sheet, will be invited free as a guest of the event organisers.Live Track Demonstrations
– Subject to further detail arrangements, it is expected that a top selection of the best historic F1 cars from the Donington Collection will come out for some rare publicly viewed track time.
Organisers are also in discussion with two top UK-based single seater race teams, with a view to setting an unofficial lap record of the National circuit.
There will be an invitation display of modern Supercars, also with track time; and the top one-make car clubs, including Ferrari and Lamborghini are presently being invited to bring club displays and run their own concours.
Norton, the revived motor bike manufacturer whose new superbikes are now being built on site at Donington, will be on display to the buying public.
Ticket Prices and Sales
The daily ticket prices will be priced to include full paddock access and stands seating, and will cost from just £16 for an adult with concessions; a Weekend 2 day pass will cost £25.
Supporters and Members of the Donington Park Racing Club, long-established at the track, as well as signed up members of the web based Save Donington Campaign, will benefit from special discounts, with details arranged with those groups directly.
The full range of Donington Revived! Tickets will be on sale shortly – check back soon for details on the circuit’s website at http://www.donington-park.co.uk
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