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Superb racing highlights opening race day of Donington Historic

Saturday, May 04 2019

Nine superb races from a huge variety of cars were the on track highlight of a sensational opening raceday at the ninth Donington Historic Festival today (Saturday).

A mixture of single seaters, saloons and sports cars took to the track, with action starting at 9.10 with Historic Formula Junior and coming to a conclusion at 7.30pm with the two hour contest for the GT & Sports Car Cup for pre-66 GT & pre-63 sportscars.

In between there were contests for Jaguars, Grand Prix cars, touring cars and the ever-popular Mad Jack Pre War Sports cars - the oldest racing machines at the festival.

The closest finish of the day came in a thrilling contest for the Jaguar Classic Challenge, with just 0.827 seconds covering the Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie car and the machine driven by John and Gary Pearson after a one hour race.

The Mad Jack race also produced a close finish, with four seconds covering the 1928 Frazer Nash Super Sports of Frederic Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards and the 1939 Alta Sports car of Gareth Burnett, after 40 minutes of action.

A near photo finish decided second and third places in the Rear Engined Formula Junior grid, with Richard Bradley's Brabham BT2 just edging out the Lightning Envoyette of Peter Morton. The Brabham of Cameron Jackson was the winner.

Elsewhere, touring car star Andrew Jordan proved his credentials with a crushing victory in the HRDC Touring Greats race. Sharing an Austin GT40 with his father Mike, he took the flag over 50 seconds ahead of nearest contender Marc Gordon's Jaguar XK150.

As well as the on track action, the infield areas were swamped by hundreds of display cars, while visitors were also able to sample some of the cars with trips around the local area thanks to the Sporting Bears. F1 cars took to the track again for another series of demonstrations, and the karting area buzzed once more, with famous karts driven by Ayrton Senna taking to their circuit at the Launch Pad.

There's another full day of racing to come tomorrow, with on track activity starting at 9.10 for another eight races, and a full schedule of entertainment around the venue. Tickets will be available on the gate once more priced at £30 for adults with free entry for children aged under-13. For more information, click here.