Donington Park race circuit, located close to Castle Donington in the East Midlands was opened in 1931 and plays host to a wide range of events during the course of the year. However, it is best known as the home of the British MotoGP – for now at least – and will host the British GP from 2010.
Initially used for motorcycle racing, Donington was resurfaced and extended to allow car racing in 1933 and held the first Donington Grand Prix in 1935. The famous Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union raced in events at the circuit before it was closed for the Second World War.
Donington remained out of action as a racing venue until the 1970s when it was purchased by racing enthusiast Tom Wheatcroft and reopened in 1977, albeit without using the old Melbourne loop. A new Melbourne loop was later added in 1985, leaving Donington with two different circuits on which to hold racing events.
The venue played host to the European Grand Prix in 1993, when the late Ayrton Senna secured one of his finest victories for McLaren in wet weather conditions. However, the British Grand Prix remained at Silverstone until the shock announcement in 2008 that the event was to move to Donington from 2010.
Despite numerous hurdles and rumours that the venue wouldn't be ready, work has started on improving both the circuit and the infrastructure, with a new loop being established on the infield. Whether the venue is ready for 2010 however remains to be seen...
Aside from other motorsport meetings for series like the BTCC and BSB, Donington has also played host to a number of music concerts in recent years while the famous Donington Park Collection is home to the largest collection of Grand Prix cars anywhere in the world.
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