DONINGTON PARK GP


Round 1: Saturday 18 March 2017

Originally part of the Donington Hall estate, it was created as a racing circuit during the pre-war period when the German Silver Arrows were battling for the European Championship. Used as a military vehicle storage depot during World War II, it fell into disrepair until bought by local construction entrepreneur Tom Wheatcroft.

Revived under his ownership in the 1970s, it hosted a single Formula One race, but became the favoured home of the British round of the MotoGP motorcycling championship. Leased by Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd in 2007 the hope that Formula One racing could return to the track, the incomplete venture failed to raise sufficient financial backing during the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. DVLL consequently lost the rights to the British rounds of both Formula1 and MotoGP, and in its bankruptcy returned the track to the Wheatcroft family in December 2009.

Track Information

Race DateSaturday 18th March 2017
Length2.498 miles
Turns12
Lap Record1:18.029 (Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/8, 1993, F1)
Circuit Websitehttp://www.donington-park.co.uk
LocationDonington Park, DE74 2RP

 

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