Located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England, the circuit business is now owned by MotorSport Vision, and the surrounding Donington Park Estate is currently under lease by MotorSport Vision until 2038.
Originally part of the Donington Hall estate, it was created as a racing circuit during the pre-war period when the German Silver Arrows were battling for the European Championship. Used as a military vehicle storage depot during World War II, it fell into disrepair until bought by local construction entrepreneur Tom Wheatcroft. Revived under his ownership in the 1970s, it hosted a single Formula One race in 1993 when Ayrton Senna performed what is often considered to be the single best lap in Formula 1, overtaking the likes of Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill to take the lead in wet conditions.
Donington is a fast, sweeping circuit with a gentle hill leading into the blind apex of Coppice. The Esses, Melbourne Hairpin and Goddards offer slightly tighter, more technical sections to test low speed grip and acceleration.
Smoothness and consistency are key at Donington. It’s all about maintaining the speed from Redgate, the first corner, all the way up the hill to McLean’s. A fraction of time lost at the beginning of the lap will equate to significantly more by the end of the lap.