DON­ING­TON HIS­TORIC FES­TI­VAL

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

DON­ING­TON PARK CIR­CUIT, 30 APRIL-2 MAY

Saloon car heroes slid­ing around on damp cor­ners and the chance to see the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge’s first race of 2016 were among many key mo­ments of Don­ing­ton’s three-day his­toric rac­ing fes­ti­val.

While the blus­tery con­di­tions through­out the Bank Hol­i­day meant the club gath­er­ing on the Le­ices­ter­shire cir­cuit’s in­field felt more muted than pre­vi­ous years – al­though the BMW Car Club’s cen­te­nary pa­rade was one of the event’s lunchtime high­lights – it also meant some tense ac­tion on track, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the 1958-66 tour­ing car races.

The tricky con­di­tions meant the Ford Fal­con Sprints and Ford Mus­tangs had to fight through the sweep­ing bends to keep up with the more nim­ble Alfa Romeo Sprint GTs and Lo­tus Corti­nas, with David Tom­lin’s Lo­tus Cortina ul­ti­mately tak­ing the hon­ours in Mon­day’s fi­nal race.

Other high­lights in­cluded Ju­lian Thomas’ E-type tak­ing vic­tory in the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge, while the win­ner of the pre-1961 sports car chal­lenge was Chris Ward in his 1959 Lis­ter Costin. David Simister Gre­gory De Prins’ 1959 Rejo fin­ished fourth, pre-1961 sports cars.

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