…the weather was rotten this morning so they did have to queue in the rain…
Donington Park BTCC Media Day and Season Launch.
This will be the only official pre-season test for the BTCC, so the Kiosk is hoping to very busy tomorrow afternoon!
The morning will be press only with the teams busy getting the PR machine in full swing unveiling the cars and drivers for 2018; meanwhile the public will be queuing, hopefully not in the rain, for the gates to open at 12:30 with the opportunity to meet the drivers and get a close look at the cars.
Free admission. Testing will be from 13:00 – 17:00
BTCC will be back to race at Donington on 28-29 April.
Only one week until the BSB comes to race here at Donington Park, so it’s logical that we make MCN SPORT the feature magazine.
Everyone must be familiar with the the MCN – Motorcycle News – the weekly newspaper which has been the heart of UK’s biking world for over 60 years; but do you know that they also publish a glossy quarterly magazine?
MCN SPORT features fantastic photography, articles from the leading m/c racing journalists and behind the scenes access to MOTO GP, BSB, WSB and ROAD RACING. This issue is the 2018 Season Preview, highlighting the pre-season testing and introducing the bikes and riders for the upcoming season.
An interesting fact from the John McGuinness interview, besides the fact that he’s back and on a Norton for the Isle of Man TT, is that he has racked up 49,500 miles around the TT on every kind of bike you can think of. Oh and watch out: he says if he manages to win on the Norton he will do a nude streak down the prom! Go John. Go!
More than 3/4 of the mag is dedicated to MOTO GP, 2 & 3 and Road Racing, leaving a dozen or so pages each for BSB and WSB. Leon Haslam is featured in a pre-season interview describing his month in Spain training with Sam and Alex Lowes. Leon was fastest in last week’s final pre-season test session here at Donington, so lets hope he can do the double race win to start the season off like last year!
MCN SPORT 2018 ON SALE DATES :
The BRSCC organises 50 race meetings and 25 championships annually in the UK for both club and FIA sanctioned international events.FIA = Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile; the governing body of motorsport worldwide ~
This meeting will feature the following championships:
BookaTrack.com Caterham Superlight R300 Championship
Avon Tyres Caterham Supersport Championship
Avon Tyres Caterham Tracksport Championship
Avon Tyres Caterham Roadsport Championship
BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship
Britcar Endurance Championship
Britcar Endurance Sports & Touring Car Champship
Britcar Trophy Series
Britcar Duro Series
The 2014 Season is just around the corner!
Here is the appetizer and it is free to the general public from 12:30
See you there!
The last race of the 2013 Calendar was the BritCar/Gt Endurance; but this is a one day affair. So, for all intents and purposes, ThunderSport Motorcycle Racing was the last proper race meeting. Proper as in the paddock village grows from the thursday tests through to the Sunday racing.
It seemed like Donington was the place to be – the paddock was really buzzing. There was a bit of a who’s -who of spectators; customers came in to report sightings of Ron Haslam, road racer Guy Martin and the Lowes twins: Alex, who won the BSB crown and Sam, who won the World SuperSport this year! But the name on everyone’s lips was out on track – Freddie Sheene, the son of the GP legend Barry Sheene.
The odd rider came in ‘crowing’ that they’d passed Freddie in practise or out of a corner as though they’d beaten Barry himself! How is that for pressure on your first race meeting? Racing in the Pre-National 600, Freddie took three podiums: one 2nd place and two 3rd places! Who is crowing now!?!
It was a great way to finish off the season. Don’t miss Thundersport next year!
This has to be the photo of the weekend :
Guy Martin slowly being surrounded by his adoring fans!
Stay warm and have a fun festive season. Merry, Merry!
Circuit length: 2.50 miles (Grand Prix), 1.9573 miles (National)
Donington Park in 1931 was owned by a Mr.Shields who used to open the park to the public for the price of 6d. Fred Craner, a local garage owner and motorcycle racer, was looking for somewhere local to compete, and he came to an agreement with the landowner to hold a race on a dirt track in the grounds. The first meeting was held on Whit Monday, May 1931, on a 2 mile 327yd circuit.
For 1932 the track was improved, and a combined motorcycle and sidecar meeting was held. For 1933, the track was widened and tarmacked at a cost of œ12,000, and the first car meeting was held on the 25th March, followed by a further three car meetings that year. The track was extended for 1934, and by 1935 the circuit was 2 miles 971 yds long, and was established enough to hold the first Donington Grand Prix. The race was 4hrs47m12s long, and was won by Richard Shuttleworth in an Alfa Romeo.
For 1937 the circuit was extended again to 3 miles 220 yds, with the circuit being extended down the Melbourne Hill to the Melbourne Corner, which was situated just over the county border in Derbyshire! This version was used to hold the famous Third Donington Grand Prix, won by Bernd Rosemeyer in 3h1m22s in an Auto Union C Type. However, the war soon intervened, and the circuit was requisitioned by the military to store vehicles.
Although attempts were made to reopen the circuit, none were successful until the grounds were purchased by the self-made millionaire Tom Wheatcroft. It wasn’t easy reopening the circuit due to the protrusion of the circuit into the neighbouring county, so racing was restricted to the 1.957 mile national circuit which missed out the Melbourne loop and was modified from the 1937 circuit (some of the corners were reprofiled and moved, and the some of the corners were renamed – see picture below).
Wheatcroft harboured the desire of holding another Grand Prix at the circuit, so in 1985 he extended the circuit length to 2.5 miles by extending the circuit with the Shields Straight and the Melbourne Hairpin. On the 22nd September 1985 the circuit hosted the F3000 championship, and in 1989 the World Sports-Prototype Championship. Wheatcroft’s dream finally came true on the 11th April 1993 when the circuit hosted the European Grand Prix, famously won by Ayrton Senna. However, the race was only hosted once.
borrowed from: http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/doningto.html