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DONINGTON PARK
Description Circuit created in 1931 in the same park, using internal roads already existing. In the first years the circuit was used by motorbikes only, as it was created by Frank Craner, a former biker who raced 7 Tourist Trophies. In 1933 the track become permanent and in 1935 it hosted "Donington Grand Prix", a kind of British Car Grand Prix even if it had not this name because of opposition of RAC.
Donington Park is surely one of the most famous international circuit: since 1987 it has hosted motorbike Great Britain GP and in 1993 it hosted Formula 1 Europe GP, a famous race dominated by Ayrton Senna in a tremendous rain.

Track layout had many changes all over the years. Two final hairpins in the current layout were built in 1984. Now the track has 11 bends, 7 right and 4 left.

Because of some problems at Silverstone for organizing F.1 Great Britain GP, in 2003 a proposal was made for a renewal of the track in order to host again a F.1 GP. This idea was suspended for years, but it should happen in 2010.
Location Castle Donington
LEC - Leicestershire - England
Location Donington Park, Derbyshire; approx. 200 km - 125 mi from London
Latitude - Longitude + 52°49'47"     - 1°22'49"
52.829722     -1.380278
UTM Coordinates X = 609123.402  -  Y = 5854557.996  -  Zone 30U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 95 m - 312 ft
Inauguration 1931
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English (page 72)Author: Peter Swinger - Published by: Dial House - year: 2001 - ISBN: 0 7110 3104 5
Description
(2) English (page 44)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(3) English ForumForum --> Europe --> Great Britain and Ireland --> GBR - Donington Park [ENG] (with mapof 2003 proposal)
(4) English ForumForum --> Europe --> Great Britain and Ireland --> GBR - Sprint Venues [ENG]
(5) English uk2.usp.net/bmrc/index.cfmBritish Moto Racing Circuits
(6) English www.ddavid.com/formula1/donig1937.htm
(7) English www.donington-park.co.uk/formula-one-plans2010 proposal details
(8) English www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/t4.htmThe Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing
(9) English www.mgcars.org.uk/cambs.mgoc/barc14.htm
(10) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2363256Track layout
(11) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(12) English www.ten-tenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10815610 Tenths Forum --> Racing Talk --> Trackside --> Donington Track Development Plans
(13) Italian Autosprint 2/1972 (page 12)7 combined layouts proposed (without map)
(14) Italian Autosprint 32/1972 (page 22)First rumors for a F.1 circuit at Donington
(15) Italian Autosprint 3/1974 (page 47)Problem with municipality for building the circuit
(16) Italian Autosprint 8/1974 (page 40)Circuit reopened
(17) Italian Autosprint 49/1974 (page 62)Permit to do race is still pending, but works go on
(18) Italian Autosprint 49/1974 (page 62)Works stopped
(19) Italian Autosprint 51/1976 (page 62)1976 proposal
(20) Italian Autosprint 17/1977 (page 38)New circuit is nearly ready
(21) Italian Autosprint 29/1982 (page 20)
(22) Italian Autosprint 26/1983 (page 5)In 1988 first F.1 GP
(23) Italian Rombo 27/1983 (page 84)Approved for F.1: in 1988 will it host Great Britain GP?
(24) Italian Autosprint 7/2007 (page 21)New owner: Wheatcroft sells to Dvll
(25) English www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20835.htmlThe revamped Donington Park [Publishing date: October 4th 2008]

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Donington Park
Description  
Years 1931÷1934
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 1931
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3518  m 11542  ft 2.186  mi   (11)

Donington Park
Description According to Motor Racing Circuits Database this layout was used only in 1935÷1936
Years 1934÷1937
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4107  m 13474  ft 2.552  mi   (11)
length 4130  m 13550  ft 2.566  mi   (8)

Donington Park
Description  
Years 1937÷1939
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing 1939
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 5029  m 16500  ft 3.125  mi   (11)
length 5029  m 16499  ft 3.125  mi   (8)
length 5029  m 16499  ft 3.125  mi   (6)

Donington Park
Description Proposal dated October 1976 of new Donington circuit. In comparison to layout opened in 1977, you can notice hairpin behind paddock, built only in 1985, and different layout of Club Circuit. Moreover, track length should be wrong as they are quite different to 1977 and 1985 layouts (3150 and 4020 m respectively), quote similar respectively to Club Circuit and Gp Circuit.
Years 1976
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Hollywood - Starkeys Bridge - Coppice Wood - McLeans Corner - Coppice Corner - Starkeys Straight
length 4340  m 14239  ft 2.697  mi Long circuit (19)
length 3800  m 12467  ft 2.361  mi Club Circuit (19)

Donington Park
Description Permanent circuit opened in 1977 (March 27th?), in the same park used from 1931 to 1939 by a circuit in some different layouts. In 1983 a contract was signed for hosting Great Britain GP from 1988, after expiry of Brands Hatch and Silverstone contracts (respectively in 1986 and 1987). In 1985 it was lengthened by adding an hairpin just before start/finish line (not shown on the map), but this layout is still available as short course
Years 1977÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1977
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Wheatcroft Straight - Redgate Corner - Hollywood - Craner Curbes - Old hairpin - Starkeys Bridge - Coppice Wood - McLeans Corner - Coppice Corner - Starkeys Straight - Goddards (Park chicane)
length 3149  m 10333  ft 1.957  mi   (11)
length 3150  m 10335  ft 1.957  mi   (21)

Donington Park
Description  
Years 1985÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1985
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4020  m 13189  ft 2.498  mi Long circuit (11)
length 3149  m 10333  ft 1.957  mi Short circuit (11)

Donington Park
Description It hosted British Sprint Championship in 1998, 1988 and 1998
Years 1987÷1988, 1998
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Sprint Venue
Inauguration 1987
Closing 1998
Last update of this page December 27th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Donington Park
Description 2003 proposal not developed
Years 2003
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page June 21st 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Donington Park
Description Proposal dated 2008, it should host British F.1 GP in 2010.
Years 2010
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 7th 2008
Info last update October 4th 2008
Designer Tilke
Hermann Tilke
Distinctive points  
length 4750  m 15585  ft 2.952  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (10)

Donington Park: 1976 proposal, long course

Donington Park: 1976 proposal, long course

Donington Park: 1976 proposal, long course


Donington Park 1977÷1984

Donington Park 1977÷1984


Donington Park: proposal to be finished in 2010

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Latitude - Longitude: + 52°49'47", - 1°22'49"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
December 27th 2009   1987÷1988, 1998 Guido de Carli   andylaurence Update Description
November 19th 2008   2010 Guido de Carli Vasco Vasco Update Map
October 7th 2008   2010 Guido de Carli     Update Description
July 4th 2008     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 21st 2007     Lorenzo Tommasi     Update Description
August 19th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 25th 2005   1977÷... Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 26th 2004   1976 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
March 10th 2004   1977÷... Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
March 24th 2003     Guido de Carli     New Description
March 11th 2003     Guido de Carli     New Description
October 10th 2002     Guido de Carli     New Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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