Donington - GBR

Andrea Bertolini at Portimao, 22nd May 2011

Donington circuit

Donington Park lies in middle England, close to the major centres of Derby and Nottingham.

Enveloping the whole and acting as a sort of natural amphitheatre, are lush green hills, among which stands Donnington Castle. The track is proud of it long association with English and international motor-racing. Constructed in 1931, the track soon underwent modifications to make it suitable for events other than the two-wheel races that had been held there until then.

The car and driver are tested to the full on this circuit courtesy of a succession of fast, often switchback, curves. Redgate, turn 1, is treacherous but also an excellent overtaking point; the Old Hairpin and McLean’s are two difficult bends the require the maximum accuracy in getting the race line right. Alert drivers can exploit cars braking in the esses, or at the Melbourne turn, and attack. Donnington is an ‘Old Style’ circuit where drivers and fans are assured a great show.