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Little Classics News: 31 March 2014

Classic Racing Details Confirmed for Donington Historic Festival

Classic Racing Details Confirmed for Donington Historic FestivalWith such a packed and entertaining timetable featuring a superb line-up of classic car racing each day, the 2014 Donington Historic Festival is definitely the event to be at over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May (3rd, 4th, 5th). Hugely enjoyable and highly competitive world-class historic motorsport is guaranteed and, with the wide diversity of grids and attractions, one day simply isn’t enough to enjoy all that’s on offer.

The Saturday includes two classic Touring Car races, covering four decades of this ever-popular genre, with Motor Racing Legends’ Historic Touring Car Challenge for 1966-85 Touring Cars kicking off the weekend’s race action, and the HRDC ‘Celebration of the BTCC’ for Touring Cars 1958-1965 providing the finale for that day. In between, the Pre-63 GT will showcase one of the most beautiful and valuable grids of the whole Festival, while the HSCC Historic Formula 3 promises fast and furious single-seater action, with evocative ‘screamers’ from 1964 to 1970 and the HSCC Martini Trophy with Supersports featuring two-litre sports cars of the type that competed for the late ’60s and ’70s FIA European Sports Car Championship.

Historic Formula 3 and the Historic Touring Car Challenge open the race action on the Sunday morning, with each series having its second race of the weekend. They are followed by a superb variety of grids, including the classic D-types and C-types, Aston Martins and Austin-Healeys of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy pre-56 sportscars and the pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars of U2TC. Sunday also sees the first parts of the Festival’s two feature races – the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-War Sports Cars, likely to feature such legendary marques as Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash, BMW, Vauxhall, Riley, MG and Talbot, and the Maserati Centenary Trophy, showcasing cars from the 1930s to the 1960s powered by engines built by Maserati or OSCA.

The Bank Holiday Monday features yet another magnificent array of classic racing cars of all ages, shapes and sizes. The competitors in the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary and Maserati Centenary Trophies will be out in the second parts of their respective races, while the Mustangs, Lotus Cortinas and Ford Falcons of the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars will also be put through their paces.

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Saturday May 3rd 2014

  • 09:10 - 12:45 Qualifying
  • 12:45 - 13: 45 Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
  • 13:45 - 14:15 Qualifying
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Historic Touring Car Challenge for 1966-85 Touring Cars – Race 1
  • 15:15 - 15:40 HSCC Historic Formula 3 – Race 1
  • 15:55 - 16:55 Pre-’63 GT
  • 17:10 - 17:35 HSCC Martini Trophy with SuperSports – Race 1
  • 17:50 - 18:35 HRDC ‘Celebration of the BTCC’ for Touring Cars 1958 – 1965

Sunday May 4th 2014

  • 09:10 – 10:55 Qualifying
  • 11:05 - 11:30 HSCC Historic Formula 3 – Race 2
  • 11:45 - 12:15 Historic Touring Car Challenge for 1966-85 Touring Cars – Race 2
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars
  • 14:30 - 14:55 HSCC Martini Trophy with SuperSports – Race 2
  • 15:10 - 15:40 Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-War Sports Cars Race 1
  • 15:55 - 16:55 U2TC pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars
  • 17:10 - 17:35 Maserati Centenary Trophy – Race 1
  • 17:50 - 18:50 FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship for Le Mans-style sports cars and ‘Group 4’ cars 1962 – 1974

Monday May 5th 2014

  • 09:10 – 11:00 Qualifying
  • 11:10 - 11:20 Demonstration Laps
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-War Sports Cars Race 2
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
  • 14:15 - 14:40 Maserati Centenary Trophy – Race 2
  • 14:55 - 15:55 Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars
  • 16:10 - 16:20 Demonstration Laps
  • 16:35 - 18:05 Masters Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT

Advance discounted tickets on sale

The Donington Historic Festival offers world-class classic racing advance ticket discounts. Advance tickets cost £20 for a single day, £32 for a two-day ticket and just £45 for a three-day weekend ticket (on-the-gate prices will be £25, £40 and £60 respectively). Children aged 13 and under are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Advance ticket sales close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 30th 2014.



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