A Brief History of the Track itself.

Donington Park is the oldest motorsport circuit in the UK still in operation. Originally part of the Donington Hall estate, Fred Craner was a former motorcycle rider who had taken part in seven Isle of Man TT races and was by 1931 a Derby garage owner and secretary of the Derby & District Motor Club. Craner approached the then owner of the Donington Hall estate, Alderman John Gillies Shields JP, to use the extensive roads on his land for racing.

The track was widened in 1933, made permanent and became a venue for Grand Prix car racing, with the final pre-war races featuring the legendary Auto Union Silver Arrows driven by Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari.

The circuit was closed at the outbreak of World War II, and was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to be used as a military vehicle depot. The land was purchased by businessman Tom Wheatcroft in 1971 who rebuilt the circuit and established the famous Grand Prix Collection at the site.

Racing returned in 1977 and the circuit quickly became one of Europe's premier venues. With the addition of the Melbourne Loop section in 1985 came Grand Prix motorcycle racing with the first World Championship Grand Prix event in 1987. Eventually becoming known as MotoGP, Donington was the host venue for 23 years, and was also the location for the debut round of World Superbikes in 1988, an event still held at the circuit today. One of the most famous events at the restored circuit was the 1993 European Formula One Grand Prix, which was dominated by Ayrton Senna and featured the legendary opening lap, still described by many as the best in F1's history.

Under new ownership, ambitious plans to host the Formula One British Grand Prix from 2010 onwards were left unrealised, and with the circuit in a state of disrepair, racing ceased once more at the end of 2009.

History repeated itself in 2010 as Kevin Wheatcroft, son of Tom, rescued the circuit and rebuilt the areas left heavily damaged by the previous leaseholders. Motorsport returned to the circuit once more in the Autumn of 2010, and the circuit is again held in the highest regard by competitors, spectators and officials.

The circuit business is now owned by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision organisation, and the surrounding Donington Park Estate is currently under lease by MotorSport Vision until 2038.

The FIA Formula E Championship and its teams have also constructed its headquarters at the main entrance to the circuit. All teams competing in the electric series are based at the venue, and Donington is host to several pre-season test dates before each season, some of which are open to spectators.

Further Information
Wikipedia
Historic Circuits
Racing Circuit Info

Events, Maps, Posters and Picture Galleries

Campsites

Links to various campsites associated with the track.

Event Pictures

Events Pictures. Blancpain Sprint Sereis 2016


How to get there.

The track is located in central England, near to Castle Donington in Leciestershire. Access the circuit by car is along the A453, a short distance from both the M1 and A42/M42 motorways.

From the North - Leave the M1 at junction 24, then at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A453 (signposted Tamworth, Birmingham). At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A453 (signposted East Midlands Airport, Diseworth, Donington Park).

Go past the Donington Park Service Area (MOTO). At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A453. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A453, go past the Airport, then straight on at the traffic lights (signposted for Donington Park Paddock Entrance), take the first right onto Melbourne Lane and then the Donington Park entrance is half a mile on your right.

From the South - Leave the M1 at junction 23a, then merge onto the A42 (signposted Stoke A50). At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A453 (signposted East Midlands Airport, Diseworth, Donington Park).Go past Donington Park Service Area (MOTO). At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A453.

At next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A453. At next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A453, go past the Airport, then straight on at the traffic lights (signposted for Donington Park Paddock Entrance), take the first right onto Melbourne Lane and then the Donington Park entrance is half a mile on your right.

For those arriving via the A42, follow signs onto the A453 at Tongue.

The nearest train station to Donington Park is East Midlands Parkway, offering connections to London and the north.

The nearest airport in East Midlands Airport, which is adjacent to the eastern end of the circuit and a short drive away. It offers flights to a range of International and European destinations.



Information Links.
East Midlands Parkway »
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KinchBus »
East Midlands Airport »
Bus DP2 East Midlands Parkway »
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Other Links.

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Booking.com

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
Co-operative Food 35-37 Borough Street, Castle Donnington. DE74 2LA +44 13 3281 0219
Co-operative Food Station Rd, Castle Donington DE74 2NJ +44 13 3285 3951
Cosycutter SUTTON BONINGTON CAMPUS C-STORE, LOUGHBOURGH, LE12 5RD +44 11 5951 6760
Marks & Spencer Moto Services Junction 23A, M1 Motorway, Castle Donington DE74 2TN +44 15 0967 0953
Co-operative Food Draycott Road Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3FR +44 11 5973 3909

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAIL
Castle Donington Service Centre 101 Bondgate, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2NS +44 13 3281 4040 cdscltd@aol.com
Autotech Garage Services Castle Lane, Derby DE73 8JB +44 13 3286 5311 Email
R M Services 27 Derby Road, Loughborough LE12 5LD +44 15 0984 2747 r-m-services@outlook.com
Sarsons Garage 127 Main St, East Leake LE12 6PF +44 15 0985 2408 Email
Chellaston Garages 3 Derby Road, Derby DE73 5SA +44 13 3270 0178 Email

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
BP Station Rd, Castle Donington DE74 2NL +44 1332 812103
Shell A50 East Bound, Derby DE72 2WA +44 1332 794194
Esso Derby Road, Loughborough LE12 5JB +44 1509 843714
Shell Main Road, Derby DE72 3EQ +44 1332 666718
Shell A52 Brian Clough Way, Derby DE72 3HN +44 1332 666718

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
The Nag's Head Bar & Bistro Hill Top, Castle Donington DE74 2PR +44 1332 818764
Harvester M1 Donington Park, Derby DE74 2TN +44 1509 672220
Sage Restaurant High St, Castle Donington DE74 2PP +44 1332 925143
Curry 2 night 43-45 Borough St, Castle Donington DE74 2LB +44 1332 814455
Frankie & Benny's Retail Unit B, Airside Idl, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington DE74 2SA +44 1332 814884
The Castle Inn 2 High Street, Castle Donington DE74 2PP +44 1332 391296
The Chequered Flag 32 Borough Street, Castle Donington DE74 2LA +44 7841 374441
The lamb Inn 22 Station Rd, Castle Donington DE74 2NJ +44 1332 989405
The Old Crown Inn Cavendish Bridge, Derby DE72 2HL +44 1332 792392

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SH +44 161 774 2985
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel Melbourne RoadIsley Walton, Castle Donington, DE74 2RN, Derby DE74 2RN +44 1332 862409
Ramsley Fields Apartments Melbourne View, Melbourne. Derbyshire. DE73 8BR +44 1332 862139
Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Derby. DE74 2TZ +44 1509 670575
Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel 33 Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derby DE74 2DF +44 1509 672518