Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK

Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK

Opened in 1931 the circuit used tracks and paths in the parkland at the front of Donington Hall, initially just for motorcycle racing, but then after a bit of persuasion (and a few beers) the Gents up at the hall sanctioned it for the use of cars. Most famous latterly for the 1993 round of the European F1 Grand Prix Ayrton Senna stunned the world with his ‘lap of the gods’ around the 4 km circuit. Senna started in fourth place on the grid, then lost a place at the start, but by the end of the first lap he was in first place, having overtaken Schumacher, Wendlinger, Hill and Prost. All of this in the pouring rain.

The track nowadays features rounds of the British Touring Car Championship and MotoGP, and also houses The Donington Grand Prix Collection houses the largest assembly of McLaren racing cars in the world, the only complete collection of Vanwalls and also features the world’s largest collection of driver’s Helmets.

Visit Donington Park’s website

By Phil Clark

Opened in 1931 the circuit used tracks and paths in the parkland at the front of Donington Hall, initially just for motorcycle racing, but then after a bit of persuasion (and a few beers) the Gents up at the hall sanctioned it for the use of cars. Most famous latterly for the 1993 round of the European F1 Grand Prix Ayrton Senna stunned the world with his ‘lap of the gods’ around the 4 km circuit. Senna started in fourth place on the grid, then lost a place at the start, but by the end of the first lap he was in first place, having overtaken Schumacher, Wendlinger, Hill and Prost. All of this in the pouring rain.

The track nowadays features rounds of the British Touring Car Championship and MotoGP, and also houses The Donington Grand Prix Collection houses the largest assembly of McLaren racing cars in the world, the only complete collection of Vanwalls and also features the world’s largest collection of driver’s Helmets.

Visit Donington Park’s website

By Phil Clark

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