Donington poised for historic festival

A host of drivers local to Donington Park will hit the track on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 at the annual Masters Historic Festival.

Heading the local heroes is Ashbourne’s Chris Perkins who will be racing his 1974 Surtees in the GP Masters race for 1970s and 1980s Formula 1 Grand Prix cars.

Fellow Ashbourne residents Mike Wrigley and Paul Pochiol will also be busy over the weekend.

Wrigley will be racing his March 75S sports-prototype, Mustang and Chevron B16 as well as sharing his Austin A35 saloon car with his 16-year-old son Matthew.

Paul Pochiol will also be busy racing his Lotus Cortina and Jaguar XJ12, as we well as competing against his son, Tom, in their evocative Ford Capri.

Derbyshire’s Andrew Middleton, from Ashford in the Water, will race his rare Taydec sports car in the World Sportscar Masters race, while Bourne-based race preparation experts Rick and Rob Hall takes on a huge field of 1960s GT cars in his AC Cobra in the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT race.

Lutterworth’s Chris Beighton will be his spectacular self in three races over the weekend his Lola T70 and Sunbeam Tiger, then sharing their Ford Mustang with son Ben in the Pre-66 Touring Car race, while Staffordshire’s Martin Melling drives his Ford Falcon with gusto in the same race.

Melton Mowbray’s Mark Wright will be hard to beat in his Jaguar E-type, the car celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, while Sutton Coldfield’s Hugh Colman will race his pretty Chevron B8 in the World Sportscar Masters race.

Masters Event Manager Rachel Bailey said: “We are looking forward to our annual Donington meeting and it is wonderful to have so many local drivers attending.

“Donington is a great venue for historic racing and we are working hard to ensure interesting grids to attract a large crowd.

“With F1 car and Karting demonstrations on track on top of the race action, we hope this will be a weekend to remember.”