Donington Historic Festival of motor racing extended for 2013

Next year’s Donington Historic Festival of motor racing which celebrates the past six decades will expand to three days, following the outstanding success of the event in its first two years.

The Festival will take place over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend, May 3rd to 5th 2013.

“There are many reasons for adding an extra day to the action,” said Duncan Wiltshire of Historic Promotions, which organises the Festival in partnership with Donington Park circuit.

“We were thrilled by the increasing numbers of spectators who came to watch this May, and we want to make sure that – as the event grows – it’s still easy for everyone to get up close to the cars in the paddock and enjoy the atmosphere. An extra day seemed the perfect solution. We think Donington is arguably the best spectator circuit in Europe, with its terrific views of all the racing – and so it is our ideal venue. Add to that the fact that Donington Park has its own fantastic history, and a management team that’s genuinely enthusiastic about historic motorsport, and we have every reason to want to preserve the Festival’s unique atmosphere. The extra day gives us lots of opportunity to invite an even wider selection of racing to the Festival.”

As well as adding the extra day to the action, the 2013 Donington Historic Festival will celebrate the career of Ayrton Senna, marking the 30th anniversary of the first time Senna ever got behind the wheel of a Formula One car and the 20th anniversary of his phenomenal display of mastery over the rain in the 1993 European Grand Prix. These two history-making events both took place at Donington Park.