DONNERS RUN MONSTER CAPRI
GROUP NATIONAL EDITOR
Veteran car builder Ray Donner will return to racing this year with a self-built Ford Capri, and will share the car with his son, Chad.
Donner was a successful car builder in the 1980s and 1990s, working with club drivers Andy Pipe and Craig Davies on their respective Fords and Corvettes. He took a break from competition at the end of the decade, but has spent the last two years building the Group One 1983 Capri to share with his 28-year-old son Chad this year.
The car, which runs a three-litre 280bhp Steve Warrior engine had its shakedown test at Brands Hatch recently.
“It was brilliant to get the car on track as it’s been two years of hard work to get it ready,” said Donner, 57. “I essentially retired from racing but Chad grew up looking at pictures and now wants a go so it seemed the right time to start up again.
“The car has cost at least £53,000 plus labour so far, but we did everything to it. It was a basic Gp 1 when we bought it and we gutted it and fitted the new engine. We’ve also fitted four-link rear suspension and fabricated our own body kit with a bespoke front end and arches inspired by the original Zakspeed design.”
The Donners plan to race the car in a selection of club events, including the Motorsport News Saloon Car Championship, but hope to race it in the Spa Classic one-hour race.
“We want to share the car so in the UK we’ll do series with double header races and do a race each,” added Donner. “Spa is on my bucket list so we’ll try and do that together either this year or next.”
Peugeot UK will field a factory entry in this year’s Silverstone 24 Hours race, with Briton Bradley Philpot leading the driving team.
The 30-year-old from Southampton will handle one of Peugeot Sport’s two bespoke 208 GT machines in the twicearound-the-clock event at the Northamptonshire track from April 2/3. The French Team Altran squad will run both cars, with full Peugeot UK support.
Philpot’s team-mates have yet to be decided, but European Peugeot Sport regulars Stephane Ventaja, Thierry Blaise, Guillaume Roman and Kim Holmgaard are