Donington Park Racing Circuit address
North: For those coming to Donington Park from the North should get off the M1 at junction 24 and then at the roundabout take the 4th exit on to the A453 and then follow this road until you reach Donington Park.
South: From the South people should leave the M1 at junction 23a and join the A42, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A543 and follow this road until you reach Donington Park.
Train to Donnington Park: The nearest train station is Long Eaton Rail Station (6.1 miles).
Airport: Donington Park is located pretty much next to East Midlands airport
Donington Park is located near to Castle Donington in Leicestershire.
Donington Park Racing Circuit is one of the most well known circuits in the UK and has a big history to back it up with having hosted Formula 1 Grand Prix at the circuit. It is located pretty much right next to East Midlands airport.
Donington Park Race Circuit has a big history to it that dates back to 1931 when it first hosted a motorcycle race around the lanes of the Donington Hall Estate. In 1933 the track was widened and made a permanent race track. Donington Park was the first permanent park circuit in England.
With the outbreak of war, Donington Park was taken out of action in 1939 as a race circuit as the Ministry of Defence used it as a military vehicle depot. It was then not until 1971 that Donington Park was purchased by Tom Wheatcroft.
Mr Wheatcroft was a local business man and car collector, after purchasing the circuit he moved his collection of cars (the largest in the world) to the circuit where they still remain in the museum which is currently known as Donington Grand Prix Exhibition which was opened in 1973 and has the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in the world.
It wasn’t until May 27th 1977 that the first post war race took place after a 38 year absence. The circuit measured 1.957 miles which was too short to hold Grand Prix motorcycle races and so in 1985 the Melbourne Loop was added to the circuit which increased the lap distance to 2.5 miles.
The shorter layout of the circuit is known as the National Circuit and is used for most of the non-Grand Prix events.
One of the most famous races Donington Park ever hosted was the European Grand Prix in 1993, it was a race where Ayrton Senna won the race by over 1 minute in very wet conditions. Some say this was Senna’s greatest ever race.
In 2008 Donington Park circuit won the rights to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 for 17 years, however due to funding issues this was eventually revoked.
Kevin Wheatcroft took over the ownership of Donington Prak form his father who passed away. There is the Donington Historic Festival as one event that takes place with other motor racing events also to take place.