After my best friend’s review of the Formula E testing day she attended at Donington Park I was quite curious about the track. She was quite positive about it, so we soon decided to go there for a fun and fuel filled weekend. Our weekend of choice was the GT Cup Championship.
It turned out to be quite a diverse weekend due to the various races. There were single seaters, classics, lots of VWs, BMWs, Minis and, of course, GT cars.
There are plenty of locations where you can get quite close to the action. I’ve divided my time between the grand stand at Wheatcroft Straight, Redgate, Old Hairpin and Melbourne Hairpin. At the latter you are almost too close for comfort.
Compared to tracks like Nürburgring and Silverstone things are extremely relaxed at Donington. Throughout the day the number of people grew steadily, but it never felt really busy. The paddock was a wonderful mix of campers and tents. There was always something to see. There is something to say for a stroll around a paddock and seeing the race cars trundle by. You just have to remind yourself that touching is very likely not allowed…what a shame.
There was certainly no shortage of action on track. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it doesn’t have to be professional to be exciting. Even though I still prefer tight racing to crashes it’s still quite spectacular to see two cars battle it out and both ending up in the gravel. During one hour at Old Hairpin I’ve seen nine cars spin off the track. That’s an amazing number in my books.
The Power Maxed Mini Challenge F56/JCW races were good fun to watch, not in the least because we had seen these cars race at Oulton Park during the Mini Festival. During the first race on Sunday Charlie Butler-Henderson took off at the start and seemingly never looked back. The rest were left to pick up the scraps.
My main reason to go to this event was the GT Cup Championsihp. A little treat for me: there were three Aston Martins on track, always a pleasure to watch these go.
To be honest, there were so many wonderful cars out on track to admire and enjoy. The ‘fighting’ on track was brilliant to watch and made this a top event which I will certainly consider going to again.