Situated in Leicestershire, south-west of Nottingham, motor sport circuit Donington Park is located close to Castle Donington. It is close to the M1 and East Midland Airport. East Midlands Parkway and Derby Midlands railway stations are also nearby.
Part of Donington Hall’s estate, the circuit was first used as a race track in 1932. During WWII, it was used as storage depot for military vehicles. Having fallen into disrepair, it was purchased and restored by local entrepreneur Tom Wheatcroft. Under Wheatcroft’s ownership during the 1970s, the circuit hosted just one F1 race, but became the favourite host to the British MotoGP motorcycling championship round. In 2007, the circuit was leased out to Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd (DVLL).
Hopes of returning Formula One racing to the track were, however, shattered when the global financial crisis of 2008 resulted in DVLL failing to raise adequate financial backing for this venture. Having lost the rights not only to host the British round of Formula One, but also of the MotoGP, DVLL went bankrupt. In December 2009, the circuit was returned to its original owners, the Wheatcroft family.
Since then, Donington Park has gone from strength to strength. The circuit’s 2014/15 racing calendar includes a long list of prestigious motorcycle, car and truck races. In addition, Donington Park regularly hosts highly popular rock festivals like the Download Festival, for instance; a weekly Sunday market, Grand Prix Museum exhibitions and other events. Amenities include several cafes; camping, event and business facilities; a fuel station, baby changing facilities, toilets and a helicopter landing pad. Visitors can also enjoy track days, experiences and more.
Surviving Donington Park
Donington Park has its share of incidents resulting in personal injuries. Slips, trips and falls are among the most common causes of accidental injuries, although accidents involving vehicles have also been reported, as have injuries by scalding or burning. To prevent accidents at Donington Park as a visitor, it is important to:
- Obey track rules
- Stay within designated visitor areas
- Look out for slip, trip or fall hazards
- Report hazards to relevant personnel immediately
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice