Donington Park’s National circuit in Leicestershire marks the first race meeting of the season for the British Racing & Sports Car Club, with two days of racing action set to kick off the 2021 schedule. An exciting mix of formulae is set to be on display as a number of series and championships begin their seasons in fine style.
Caterham Motorsport is set to headline the weekend with four of their series making a start here, as the Roadsport, Seven 270R, Seven 310R and Seven UK championships all begin with ultra-competitive entries. A Caterham race around Donington always provides superb action and high drama, so expect more of the same to begin a new season. Also set to headline proceedings will be the Fun Cup Endurance Championship, bringing some long-distance racing to the timetable too. Despite the typical length of a Fun Cup race lasting at least 3 hours, don’t be fooled – every team is flat out from start to finish and with pit stops and driver changes thrown into the mix, the winner is never decided until the chequered flag falls. Keep your eyes on the action at all times as winning margins can be as little as tenths of seconds quite often.
If you’re a Ford fan, there are two formulae here that will certainly be up your street. First off, the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship sees the category with more than 50 years of history and heritage still provide a key proving ground for young and talented drivers to develop their skills. Open-wheel racing always produces a fine spectacle and watching some racing stars of the future dice and duel before your eyes should provide nothing less. If saloons are more your bag, then get ready for a new addition to the BRSCC ranks – the Modified Ford Series joins the club for 2021 and with them comes a bumper entry of Blue Oval machines. From Escorts, Sierras and Focuses, to Capris, Fiestas, Pumas and even one or two surprise machines, the grid is set to be packed full meaning this multi-class single-make spectacle should be magical.
Speaking of new additions, the BRSCC created the Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup in 2020, a spec series for Citroen C1s, Peugeot 107s and Toyota Aygos all built to identical specifications. Not only is it a great place for novice drivers to begin their careers as well as experienced hands to try something new, but the inclusion of the Student Motorsport Challenge means that young mechanics and engineers from universities and colleges across the UK will also have an exciting opportunity to develop their skills in a real racing environment. Running as a championship for the first time in 2021 and with incredible support thanks to 40+ drivers registered after a successful launch last year, these little pocket rockets could just steal the limelight at this meeting.
We’re also very privileged to welcome another new entity to our ranks as the prestigious Aston Martin Owners Club entrusts its Racing division to the BRSCC and begins the new partnership here at Donington. Five of their six formulae are set to be on track, as the Innes Ireland Cup and Jack Fairman Cup cater to classic racing machines from the 1950s and 1960s, while the Intermarques, GT Challenge and GT4 Challenge will see modern exotic race cars do battle with one another in a display of racing that’s sure to be nothing short of majestic.
It’s a new season for the BRSCC and with so many exciting things set to happen and more in the pipeline, we invite you to join us at Donington to kick things off the right way!