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Blockbuster BTCC set for Donington Park next weekend

Thursday, April 19 2018

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) heads to a new-look Donington Park next weekend (28-29 April) for a triple header of thrills, spills and ultra-close racing.

Thousands of fans are expected at the circuit across the two days, all flocking to see one of Europe's most popular motorsport events. The BTCC is a firm family favourite with 32 evenly-matched cars producing epic racing, while an accessible paddock allows spectators to mingle with the stars of the show. Cars are racier versions of those seen up and down the roads of Britain, with 11 top manufacturers represented, and are capable of reaching 140mph, often while side-by-side!

The series got off to a flying start at Brands Hatch on 8 April, with three different drivers claiming victories while nine different drivers stepped onto the podium. The highlight was an incredible victory in race two for Vauxhall driver Senna Proctor, who stormed through from 27th on the grid to secure his first ever win, in a race which epitomised almost everything that the BTCC is famous for - drama, white knuckle racing, and not a small dose of controversy!

Some of the world's most renowned touring car drivers will be in action, including series legends Jason Plato and Matt Neal, while fellow champions Colin Turkington, Ashley Sutton and Andrew Jordan all add plenty of spice. Donington locals in action will include Jordan (Lichfield) and Leicester's Stephen Jelley. Jelley is a former race winner while Jordan was champion back in 2013, and among the youngest to ever do so.

If the trio of hard-fought BTCC races wasn't enough, there are a number of support races to look forward to from the Ginetta Junior championship for racers aged 14-17, the always dramatic Renault UK Clio Cup, aspiring F1 drivers in the F4 British Championship, GT racers in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, and the million-pound grid of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain.

There's more local focus here, with Leicester racer Grahame Tilley competing in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Worksop's Sam Osbourne racing in the Clio Cup and his brother Jamie competing in Ginetta Juniors. In the Porsche Carrera Cup, there are two locals to follow, Justin Sherwood (Leicestershire) and George Gamble (Nottingham). Look out too, for Nicolas Hamilton, the brother of F1 champion Lewis, who will be competing in the Clio Cup.

Action starts at 9am on Saturday and 10am Sunday, and runs until close to 6pm on both days - for the price of a 90 minute football match, fans will be able to enjoy at least seven hours of world class racing action on both days!

New look Donington for BTCC fans
This will be the first opportunity for fans of the BTCC to enjoy the newly-revamped Donington Park, which has benefited from a multi-million pound investment over the winter months by new owner MotorSport Vision. 

One of the biggest additions is the large new restaurant, cafe and bar situated right in the heart of the paddock. The modern 'Garage 39', constructed in the former Paddock Suite has been designed to be the best motorsport circuit restaurant in the country, and will be open throughout the event, and late into the night with entertainment also. 

Significant improvements can be found in the spectator areas too; a huge new grandstand has been built atop a raised viewing area at Hollywood, with one of the most spectacular views of any motorsport venue in the country. Fans at the Donington BTCC round will be able to take in views of pretty much all the national circuit from the grandstand, making these very much the best seats in the house.

In several of the most popular spectator areas, large new toilet blocks have also been built, finally replacing the ageing units that had stood since the circuit's reopening in the late 1970s. These new blocks are much larger and come with much better disabled and baby changing facilities, and can be found at Hollywood, the Old Hairpin and on the infield.

Other additions and improvements include a smartened up main entrance, resurfaced internal access roads, a brand new circuit office and a fully surfaced paddock area. 

Online tickets offer great discounts over buying on the gate, starting at £28 for the main Sunday raceday (£34 on the gate). Children aged under 13 are admitted for free and there are discounted tickets for teenagers aged 13-15.  Tickets can be booked by clicking here.