Donington Park in September is set to host what looks on paper to be one of the best race weekends we have in store on the BRSCC calendar, as not only is there a superb line-up of championships and series on the bill, but all of them will be tackling the full Grand Prix layout which will certainly add an extra exciting element to proceedings. There’s just about something for everyone on this timetable with several superb series all in action.
Headlining the event is something very special – this season has seen BRSCC host rounds of the new Motorsport UK British Superkart Championship and this weekend we are privileged to be featuring the centrepiece of their calendar – the coveted British Superkart Grand Prix. This will be an amazing race that will see the winner walk away with the much sought after “GP plate” to denote that they are the champion and with four classes bidding for glory at the same time, it’s guaranteed to be quite a spectacle. We say once more – if you’ve never seen Superkart racing before, do one thing and watch this, because it will be spellbinding!
Alongside the GP, there are some of our most popular championships featuring that are guaranteed to entertain. There’s the trio of Mazda MX-5 competitions with the Mazda MX-5 Championship and Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship for Mk1 models and the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup for Mk3 models all ready to compete once more. This will be their penultimate weekend of the season and all three are sure to feature close battles at the head of their respective points tables. There’s just something about the combination of these small Japanese sports cars and this circuit that seems to fit so well!
We’ve also got Ford action in the mix too with the Fiesta Championship and Fiesta Junior Championship also reaching the twilight of the 2021 season. The senior-level Fiestas will feature the usual mix of the older ST150 class and the newer generation ST240 class cars competing on track against one another with the latter contesting their first season as a points-scoring class. It was one of the new turbo Fiestas that won last year’s Clubsport Trophy race (more on them in a moment) in the hands of W Series racer Jessica Hawkins, so these cars seem perfectly suited to a fast and flowing circuit like Donington. As for the Juniors, this will only be the third season that they’ve ever raced on the GP loop having done so before in 2012 and 2015 previously. Any time FJC visits Donington the racing is usually quite entertaining, so we’ve no doubt that will be the case again this year!
More tin-top action is expected from the Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup, which returns to the site where last year’s champion Steven Dailly made history by winning his fourth consecutive title here in 2020. Whether or not he’ll be in a position to make it five this time remains to be seen, but as knows all too well the competition in this championship is always fierce. No matter where you are in the pack, there is always someone to race with and at the front of the field, there’s never any guarantee who will turn up as the favourite to take the victory.
We referenced the Clubsport Trophy earlier and they’ll be back in action once again at Donington, the only circuit that the series has visited every year since it started in 2019. The 45-minute pit-stop race will be the last race on the timetable, meaning we could see a potential scene like the one in October last year with the cars racing into the twilight and finishing with headlights ablaze, something which gave the race a true endurance feel! There’s always a mega variety of cars that turn up and we’re certain to see a few from other championships also competing as an extra bit of fun to add to their regular series commitments.
Plus, some of the fastest racing we’re set to see all weekend is set to come from the excellent new ZEO Proto Series for sports prototypes. Conceived by long time racer Duncan Williams and his daughter Grace, the series accommodates anything from a Radical or Global GT Light all the way to LMP3 race cars and everything else in between that fits the bill, be they open or closed top, naturally aspirated or turbo or supercharged. The fast sweeps and flowing nature of Donington will suit these cars perfectly and previous races of a similar elk on the BRSCC roster have always been excellent. We’re looking forward to seeing the mix of machines on the entry list for this one!