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Stars and cars on Donington Historic Festival qualifying day

Friday, May 03 2019

Hundreds of priceless racing cars took to the track at Donington Park today (Friday), as the ninth Donington Historic Festival blasted into life, while stars from the motorsport world also assembled at the East Midlands circuit.

All series racing at the event were in action today, as the grids for each race were decided. There was also a surprise late entry to the entry list as reigning British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington joined in with the Historic Touring Car Challenge with Tony Dron Trophy, at the wheel of an ex-DTM BMW M3.

The closest result of the day came in the first session this morning, as just over a tenth of a second covered the top-two runners in the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy contest for pre-56 sports cars.

It was also close as BTCC star Andrew Jordan and co-driver Peter Chambers claimed pole by two tenths of a second in the U2TC session for pre-66 under two-litre touring cars.

Talking of touring cars, several other BTCC aces were in action today, with Sam Tordoff entering a Porsche 356 in the Pre-63 GT car category, and Jordan teaming up with his father Mike to take pole by over a second in the HRDC Touring Greats series in an Austin GT40.

Turkington was third fastest in the HTCC Tony Dron qualifying session, while Adam Morgan was 12th in his Ford Capri with Ric Wood, just behind former BTCC star Patrick Watts in his MG Metro.

The festival resumes tomorrow, with racing all the way until the end of play on Sunday. Tomorrow's action commences at 9.10 with the Formula Junior Front Engined contest, and will conclude at 19.10 when the two hour GT & Sports Car Cup for pre-66 GT and pre-63 sportscars epic concludes.

As well as the racing tomorrow, there will be huge car club displays on the infield and Melbourne Loop, Dream Car passenger rides from the Sporting Bears Motor Club, F1 demonstrations, Historic Karting displays and much more.

Tickets will be available on the gate tomorrow for £30 for adults, and £18 for teenagers aged 13-15. Children aged under-13 go free all weekend. For more information, click here.