Donington Park, Leicestershire
While Donington Park is popular with the riders it tends to lack atmosphere which makes it unappealing to the viewer.
The short circuit is wide and flowing, repaying fluent riding as much as outright power. There is a predominance of medium-speed bends.
The GP circuit is something of a contrivance, a ploy to cram the necessary extra GP distance into the available space. In contrast to the sweeping character of the rest of the track, the result feels very stop-go and artificial. The Melbourne Loop, as the extension is named, adds a slow chicane and two consecutive hairpin bends. It is thus extremely tough on brakes, probably as hard as any circuit in the world.
Grip is good, although the surface does tear rear tyres if the suspension, particularly the compression, is set too hard.
In the wet it can be treacherous, sometimes offering good grip, other times not. This could be down to the flight path and dropped aviation fuel although a good look at the track will show very small weeds growing in the surface, in particular at Coppice.
Although not an airfield circuit, cambers are slight. Most are neutral, but Goddards, in particular, is significantly adverse.
Riders don't think of Donington as being bumpy, although bumps are a major feature at Goddards and McLeans.
Since curves comprise so much of the track, gearing is a compromise between straights and corners. It is essential to strive for the best possible drive out of each of them, although this may not always be possible.
Map and Directions
Donington is located on the A453 next to East Midlands Airport. This road is found off the M1 at Junction 23A or Junction 24. Follow signs from there.
Lap Record Holders
Donington Park Lap Records(1.96 Miles)
|250GP||Jonathan Stamper||Yamaha TZ250||2-Jun-12||01:15.43||93.41|
|600cc||Stuart Haslam||Yamaha R6||2-Jun-12||01:14.32||94.79|
|Open||Josh Day||Kawasaki ZX10R||12-May-13||01:10.43||100.03|
|Sound of Thunder||Darren Rumley||KTM RC8R||2-Jun-12||01:14.70||94.31|
|Powerbikes||Peter Baker||Suzuki GSXR 1000||2-Jun-12||01:10.53||99.88|
|1300 S'stocks||Mark Skinner||Kawasaki ZX10R||2-Jun-12||01:16.93||91.57|
|700 S'Stocks||Dean Richards||Yamaha R6||2-Jun-12||01:16.90||91.61|
|Pre Injection 1300||Michael Hobbs||Yamaha R1||2-Jun-12||01:16.71||91.84|
|Pre Injection 700||Kevin Davies||Suzuki SV 650||11-May-13||01:19.56||88.55|
|Open 450||Jonathan Stamper||Yamaha TZ 250||2-Jun-12||01:17.75||90.61|
|F400||Shannon Hale||Kawasaki ZXR 400||2-Jun-12||01:19.58||88.52|
|Open 500||Daniel Williams||Yamaha TZR 250||11-May-13||01:34.70||74.40|
|400 S'stocks||Mark Ireland||Kawasaki ZXR 400||2-Jun-12||01:23.85||88.22|
|Formula 125cc||James Nagy||Aprilia RS 125||2-Jun-12||01:27.68||80.35|
|125cc||Arnie Shelton||Honda RS 125 GP||2-Jun-12||01:19.91||88.16|
|Mini Twins||Dale Thomas||Suzuki SV650||2-Jun-12||01:17.65||90.73|
|GP45 Single||Peter Carr||Kawasaki 450||2-Jun-12||01:21.81||86.11|
|Mini Twin Newcomers||Sean Montgomery||Suzuki SV 650||3-Jun-12||01:33.43||75.42|
|500 Newcomers||Christopher Baker||Honda ZFR 400||3-Jun-12||01:41.00||69.75|
|Classic Two Stoke GP 250s||Danny Imbert||Yamaha TX 350||2-Jun-12||01:17.39||91.03|
|Sidcars Open||Hegarty/Hegarty||LCR Suzuki 1000||2-Jun-12||01:13.28||96.14|
|Sidecars F2||Lowther/Lowther||LCR Honda 600||2-Jun-12||01:18.67||89.55|
|Solo||Josh Day||Kawasaki ZX10R||12-May-13||01:10.43||100.03|
|Sidecars||Hegarty/Hegarty||LCR Suzuki 1000||2-Jun-12||01:13.28||96.14|