Kildare teenager makes competitive return to racing

April 29, 2014 by Fergus Brennan  

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Despite a layoff and never having driven the circuit, Quinn was impressive in Donington!

Kildare teenager Simon Quinn made a return to motorsport competition at Donington Park in England last weekend (April 26th & 27th), after a four year lay-off, and impressed with his speed on his circuit racing début. Racing in the UK Mini Challenge, Quinn had a number of obstacles to overcome not least of all being qualifying, as his former sport... [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Quinn impresses in Mini Challenge début

April 26, 2014 by Fergus Brennan  

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The MINI JCW which Quinn is racing this weekend!

Former Junior Irish Rallycross Champion Simon Quinn made an impressive return to the cockpit this weekend, at Donington Park. After a four year break from racing Quinn is competing in the UK Mini Challenge in the JCW (John Copper Works) class, which is the fastest of the two Mini Cooper classes in the championship. Running with the IN:MINI team, in... [Read more...]

Watson in second place in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, after an action packed weekend at Donington Park.

April 22, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Watson gathered another haul of championship points at Donington and is looking forward to Thruxton in May!

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Watson’s bid for the Ginetta GT4 Supercup title continued this weekend, with a wet and windy two days of action at Donington Park. The rain came thick and fast on Saturday, creating particularly difficult conditions for Watson, who finished fourth in qualifying. Despite this, the young driver managed to fight his way into... [Read more...]

Shedden snatches victory from Turkington at the last corner in BTCC thriller!

April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Race three at Donington was not only the Civic Tourer's debut win, it was also the first ever BTCC win for an estate car!

Gordon Shedden took a sensational victory in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park after passing the BMW of Colin Turkington at the final corner of the contest. The Scotsman initially made steady progress from fourth on the grid as he slotted behind Turkington and an eye catching battle between old adversaries Jason Plato and Matt Neal. That... [Read more...]

Brave tyre decision just fails to pay off for Karl Leonard!

April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Leonard bravely rolled the dice staying on slicks when the rain came. The gamble didn't pay off, but he still crossed the line fourth and again won his class.

Josh Webster scored an inspired victory in round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park this afternoon (Sunday 20 April). In a race that started on a dry track but turned increasingly wet, Webster bravely pitted to change tyres and then swept back to win by a massive margin. Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) led the race after Webster... [Read more...]

Tordoff turns the tables on Plato as MGs dominate again. BTCC Race 2 from Donington

April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Tordoff beat teammate Plato to Redgate corner and never looked back!

Sam Tordoff has taken his second ever BTCC victory with a win in race two at Donington Park. His MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save team-mate took a comfortable second place with Gordon Shedden rounding out the podium positions. It was however, a race punctuated by several safety-car periods as from the very first lap there were incidents up and down the field. A... [Read more...]

Plato holds off Tordoff for an MG 1-2 in BTCC Race 1 at Donington!

April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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The MG duo lead the fast starting Turkington with Smith already under attack in fifth.

Jason Plato took a lights-to-flag victory in race one at Donington Park after fending off race long pressure from his MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save team-mate Sam Tordoff. Reigning champion Andrew Jordan battled from seventh on the grid to claim the final place on the podium. Plato made a solid getaway and defended into Redgate from the fast-starting BMW... [Read more...]

Karl Leonard takes Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am1 with superb second overall at Donington!

April 19, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Leonard tackles the chicane in his Naas Court Hotel car en route to a class win and second overall.

Michael Meadows scored a resounding victory in round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park this afternoon. Meadows led from the start and drove a faultless race to extend his early season points’ lead as Karl Leonard starred with a fighting drive to second overall and Pro-Am1 victory. Meadows took control from the start and was able... [Read more...]

Rory Cummins: Another Year of Shouting at the Moon!

January 31, 2013 by Rory Cummins  

A few months ago I eventually made it to the Donington Grand Prix museum. Now I have never been one for static displays of racing cars- much preferring to see them at full noise but this was Donington for Gods sake. I was lucky in that it was the middle of the week and I had the place virtually to myself and I could wander around in quiet contemplation. There is something about older racing cars that appeals to my soul, sitting there in reluctant retirement they reminded me of old soldiers. The battles and heartache that they have witnessed and you get the sense that you only would have to give the word and they would be ready to go in a heartbeat. Thankfully most of Donington’s collection are ‘on the button’ so to speak and are taken out for a thrash now and again. But that visit and a trip to the Silverstone Classic in July have confirmed a festering feeling that I have had for some years. Motor racing has embraced technology so whole heartedly that it has left its very soul behind. Maybe I have been over exposed to it in the last 22 years of following it but it takes a lot to get my heart beating faster these days. I am like a junkie who has had too much of a good thing. I need bigger and bigger hits. Modern motorsport has lost its charisma. Granted when a Grand Prix grid comes around for the start I do move to the edge of my seat and hold my breath but it is all too fleeting, soon enough I am only half watching and last year was better than most. So what is it that has caused this loss of charisma. I am afraid that for the most part it is pounds shilling and pence. The more of that you have to spend the more technology you have and the more analysed the sport becomes. Formula One has been the biggest victim of this. There are no grey areas anymore. Every inch of a modern Grand Prix car is engineered to perfection, every one of its operating parts analysed to the nth degree. Where is the magic and the wonder? Last year saw the anomaly of the teams not fully understanding the tyres and look at the entertainment that brought! When Pastor Maldonado is on the pace then you know that something somewhere has thrown a spanner in the works, and praise the Lord for that. A little while ago I read an entertaining article about John Watson’s win in the 1983 United States Grand Prix West. Starting 22nd in a car that he could not get a handle on, he struggled in the early part of the race until it came back to him and he started to lap at a ferocious pace passing cars as if they were stopped. His win on that Long Beach street circuit was one of his best but when asked what was it that changed in the car his response was “ Nearly thirty years later I still have no idea”. Teams hate unpredictability, well the ones that win regularly do anyway! The fans, on the other hand, love it. With all this analysis and engineering something has to give, where does it all end? The 1993 McLaren was considered, at the time, the most technologically advanced racing car in history but even with its fly by wire throttle and traction control it sizzled with magic at the hands of Ayrton Senna. His five wins that season against the might of Williams defied convention, he was the difference. My point is that Formula One cars have become so much more advanced and engineered that we are not allowed the excitement of a driver having a special day and making a difference. We understand too much and we are losing those days when you stand and wonder.

A flavour of the vast collection open to the public at Donington Park's museum. Photo: speedhunters.com

A few months ago I eventually made it to the Donington Grand Prix museum. Now I have never been one for static displays of racing cars- much preferring to see them at full noise but this was Donington for Gods sake. I was lucky in that it was the middle of the week and I had the place virtually to myself and I could wander around in quiet contemplation.... [Read more...]

Cregor’s Video of the Week!

January 9, 2013 by Cregor Elliott  

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Donington Park was a magical place to me

I could see the huge benefits of Youtube when it started in 2005 and was quick to sign up but was initially hampered by the length of time it took to process videos ( in ’05 it would take all night to process a short film), and dial up internet, which when thinking back I wonder how anything atall was uploaded to the internet as it was so slow. By... [Read more...]