Donington Park reveals race event calendar for 40th anniversary year
Donington Park has revealed its provisional calendar for the 2017 motorsport season at the Leicestershire venue, featuring the usual mix of international events and top line national racing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the circuit’s re-opening by Tom Wheatcroft in 1977.
Racing action will be held on almost every weekend from the beginning of March until the end of October, with 35 events in total.
This year’s calendar is again headlined by the only British round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, which takes place on 26-28 May, while the circuit also hosts the season opener for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on 31 March-2 April.
The first major car event of the year is the traditional April round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, taking place on Easter weekend (15-16 April), followed swiftly by the Donington Historic Festival on 28-30 April.
Other major events include the Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Rally, the first event of the year on 5 March, the Caterham 60th Anniversary Festival on 8-9 July and the family friendly and heavyweight action from the British Truck Racing Championship on 22-23 July.
The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival returns on 4-6 August with its usual mix of 50 races and star guests, while Donington hosts the crucial deciding rounds of the British GT and F3 Championships on 23-24 September.
As well as thrilling motorsport action, there are a number of car shows taking place at Donington through the summer, many of which are new additions for 2017.
Tickets for major promoted events are now on sale through the Donington Park website www.donington-park.co.uk, while the popular full Season Passes are also available which allow entry to every single event and offer massive savings – up to £570 – over the individual cost of tickets for each race weekend.
Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “We are delighted to reveal our provisional Race Calendar for our 40th anniversary year, which promises to be one of our busiest yet. With 35 exciting race weekends featuring crowd favourites including World Superbikes, British Superbikes and British Touring Cars and many other big meetings, we’ve a lot to celebrate in this milestone year, and look forward to revealing further plans to celebrate our anniversary soon.”
Donington Park 2017 Provisional Calendar in full:
March 5 – Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Donington Rally
March 18-19 – 750 Motor Club
March 24-26 – Thundersport GB
March 31-April 2 – MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
April 8 – Historic Sports Car Club
April 9 – MG Car Club
April 15-16 – British Touring Car Championship
April 22-23 – MotorSport Vision Racing
April 28-30 – Donington Historic Festival
May 6-7 – Endurance Legends
May 13-14 – NG Road Racing
May 20-21 – No Limits Racing
May 26-28 – MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship
June 3-4 – British Superkart Grand Prix
June 17-18 – British Motorcycle Racing Club
July 1 – Japfest Donington
July 2 – The Fast Car Festival
July 8-9 – Caterham 60th Anniversary Festival
July 15 – French Car Show
July 16 – Milltek Sports VAG Tuner Live
July 22-23 – British Truck Racing Championship
July 29 – No Limits Racing 1000km
August 4-6 – Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival
August 12 – MotorSport Vision Racing
August 13 – Donington 500
August 20 – Dukeries Rally
August 27 – RS Owners Club National Day
September 2-3 – Motors TV Race Day
September 9-10 – Classic Sports Car Club
September 16-17 – MotorSport Vision Racing
September 23-24 – British GT Championship and BRDC British F3 Championship
September 30 – 1 October – 750 Motor Club
October 7-8 – No Limits Racing
October 14-15 – British Racing and Sports Car Club
October 20-22 – Thundersport GB
For more information on events at Donington Park and to purchase tickets, visit the official website www.donington-park.co.uk.