Donington Park, North West Leicestershire, England

Donington Park is a site near Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire, England, owned by millionaire motoring enthusiast Tom Wheatcroft. It is used as a motor racing track, and for music festivals.

The original Donington track was opened in 1931, and initially used for motorcycle races. In 1935 it saw Richard Shuttleworth win the Donington Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo P3, in the 1937 British Grand Prix and 1938 British Grand Prix, the race winners were respectively Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari, both in Auto Union ‘Silver Arrows’.

The circuit was closed in 1939 due to World War 2, when it became a military vehicle depot. In the early 1970s the circuit was bought by Tom Wheatcroft, who funded the rebuilding of the track, which was re-opened in 1977.

In recent times it has held meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbikes and MotoGP as well as, most famously, the 1993 European Grand Prix. This race was won by the late Ayrton Senna, and was described by AtlasF1 as the ‘Drive of the Decade’ [1]. There is a memorial to Senna in the grounds of the racetrack, outside a shop selling motorsports memorabilia.

Other events taking place at the track include the World Series by Renault and the Great and British Motorsport Festival.

The track is also the location of a museum, the Donington Grand Prix Collection. This opened in 1973, and is the largest collection of Grand Prix cars anywhere in the world.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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