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BTCC and music stars headline celebrity driver list for DHF

Tuesday, April 30 2019

British Touring Car drivers and stars from the music world are the top names set to race at this weekend's Donington Historic Festival (3-5 May).

Less than a week after the BTCC round at the circuit, tin-top aces Sam Tordoff, Andrew Jordan and Adam Morgan are all due to compete at the Festival, while Travis drummer Neil Primrose and singer Chris Rea are also on the bill.

Other names to look out for include British GT front-runner Jon Minshaw and former BTCC driver Patrick Watts.

Tordoff is set to race twice across the event, taking part in Sunday's Pre '63 GT contest at the wheel of a Porsche 356 and then in a Morris Mini Cooper S in the HRDC Coys Trophy in the final race of the event.

Jordan, a regular at the event, is also due to race twice, firstly in Saturday's U2TC category in a Ford Lotus Cortina, and then a few hours later in the HRDC Touring Greats contest, sharing an Austin A40 with his father Mike, himself a former BTCC star.

Morgan meanwhile will trade his Mercedes A-Class BTCC Machine for an equally potent Ford Capri, competing in the Historic Touring Car Challenge Tony Dron Trophy race on Sunday morning.

Drummer Primrose will hope to beat the opposition in three races this weekend. His first outing is in the HRDC Touring Greats race on Saturday before returning to action on Sunday morning in the HRDC Allstars, and then finally in the HRDC Coys Trophy. Primrose will pilot an Austin A35 in all three contests.

Rea will go head-to-head with Primrose in all three HRDC contests, and will hope his weekend is a road to glory rather than The Road to Hell, at the wheel of his Morris Minor police car.

Watts is another to face multiple races, with his first event being the Historic Touring Car Challenge Tony Dron Trophy contest in an MG Metro Turbo, and then in the Stirling Moss Trophy in a Rejo Mk3.

Finally Minshaw will do battle in a Jaguar E-Type on two occasions, firstly in the Jaguar Classic Trophy on Saturday morning, and then in the Pre '63 GT event on Sunday.

Racing at the Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, will all categories scheduled to take part in qualifying on Friday.

All races for drivers mentioned above are shown below:

09.45 - Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-66 Jaguar cars
Jon Minshaw - Jaguar E-Type

13.25 - U2TC for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars
Andrew Jordan - Ford Lotus Cortina

16.10 - HRDC Touring Greats for pre-'60 Touring Cars with invited TC63
Andrew Jordan/Mike Jordan - Austin A40
Neil Primrose - Austin A35 Speedwell
Chris Rea - Morris Minor

09.10 - HRDC Allstars for pre'66 Sports, GT and Touring Cars
Neil Primrose - Austin A35 Speedwell
Chris Rea - Morris Minor

10.45 - Historic Touring Car Challenge with Tony Dron Trophy
Patrick Watts - MG Metro Turbo
Adam Morgan - Ford Capri

13.20 - Pre '63 GT for pre-63 GT cars
Jon Minshaw - Jaguar E-Type
Sam Tordoff - Porsche 356

15.10 - Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-'61 Sportscars
Patrick Watts - Rejo Mk3

16.25 - HRDC Coys Trophy for Touring Cars 1958-1966
Sam Tordoff - Morris Mini Cooper S
Neil Primrose - Austin A35 Speedwell
Chris Rea - Morris Minor

Tickets for the Donington Historic Festival are available in advance until midday on Wednesday 1 May, prices from £10 for adults and free entry for children aged under 13. For more information, click here  or call 0843 453 9000.