Donington Park circuit will hold its biggest programme of major
motorsport events for many years in 2023, after confirming
its full event calendar of two and four wheel racing.
Events range from top-line international motorcycle contests and
the UK's premier championships to major festivals and dozens of
club-level car and bike meetings.
The world's best superbike racers are back!
Donington Park's flagship event is the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, which returns to the circuit for the only round on British soil on 30 June-2 July. No fewer than four world champions are on this year's grid, with 2022 winner Alvaro Bautista looking to retain his title against Toprak Razgatlioglu and home heroes Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. A grid of world class riders will race three times across the weekend, with a full international support race package too, plus loads of additional family entertainment including a vibrant Paddock Show big stage and more.
Double visits for Britain's biggest and best motorsport categories
Donington Park has the unique distinction of holding two rounds of each of Britain's biggest championships this year. The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship holds its first round of the season on 22/23 April with a packed grid of saloon stars engaging in battle on the National circuit. Then, for the first time in over two decades, the much-anticipated second visit will take place on the lengthier Grand Prix layout (26/27 August).
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship is another series to enjoy a double visit, with the UK's best bike racers heading to the GP circuit on 19/21 May and then returning on 29 September-1 October around the quick-fire National layout during the revamped and crucial 'Showdown' phase, with titles on the verge of being settled.
For fans of supercars and prestige manufacturers, the Intelligent Money British GT Championship with its fabulous line-up of Porsches, McLarens, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and more will thunder into Donington Park on 27/28 May, and then end its season on 21/22 October during an event that always provides unbelievable drama. There will be single-seater stars of the future too, with the GB4 Championship at both events, and the UK's leading category of its kind, GB3, joining the line-up for the October round.
A lorry load of family fun
Convoy in the Park (12/13 August), one of Britain's biggest celebrations of all things truck racing and life on the road, will bring more global action to Donington Park with the International Truck Prix for supersized racing machines, in addition to rounds of the British Truck Racing Championship. As well as the goliath on track action, including nine truck races, there's a great bundle of family fun around the venue too, with live music, an action arena with stunt shows and a caravan smash, and massive display areas and side shows.
Big retro motorsport celebrations
Donington Park is a renowned host of historic racing, and there'll be plenty of ways to celebrate motorsport's glorious heritage once more in 2023. The Masters Race Weekend on 7/8 April will feature legendary Le Mans racers from the past three decades, and plenty more classic sports car action.
Just a few weeks later, the iconic Donington Historic Festival (29/30 April) returns with its incredible mix of racing cars dating back as far as the 1920s, including a mix of sports, saloons and GT racers. In addition, hundreds of classics will be on display around the venue as part of a lively off-track offering.
Then, for fans of classic two wheelers, the CRMC Classic Motorcycle Festival is back again on 29/30 July. Expect up to 50 races across the weekend from bikes up to 70 years old, a number of star guest appearances from legends of the sport, and big displays too.
Top tuners and dramatic drifters
The UK motorsport scene has seen a big rise in modified machines and drifting, and all this will be celebrated at Tunerfest Midlands (20 August). Flat-out Time Attack contenders will pursue outright speed in outrageous cars, while a showcase of an altogether different skill will come from the Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship, where drivers will spend as much time going sideways as possible, usually accompanied by billowing tyre smoke! There'll be saloon and sports car racing action too.
In addition, Donington hosts Vaux Valves (24 September) for the first time, an all-out celebration of all-things Vauxhall related, on top of an on-track programme provided by the 750 Motor Club.
Dozens of club racing highlights
The main racing season stretches from March to the end of October, with motorsport to enjoy on almost every weekend thanks to a large gathering of club car and motorcycle events. The season starts with the Dukeries Rally (12 March), while the first racing action of the year comes courtesy of the supercars of the GT Cup (1/2 April). Other highlights include the Historic Sports Car Club's visit to the Grand Prix circuit (24/25 June), a Vintage Motorsport Festival (9 July) and the TCR UK Touring Car Championship (9/10 September).
The first bike events of the year come in May courtesy of No Limits Racing (6/7 May) and then the NG Road Racing Club (13/14 May), acting as the perfect warm up for the first British Superbike visit. Other bike events include a visit from the British Motorcycle Racing Club (3/4 June) and a second round for No Limits Racing (7/8 October).
In addition, the UK's leading car racing organisers will all stop by this year, including the resident 750 Motor Club, MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR), British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC), Equipe Classic Racing, British Endurance Championship and the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC).
Great value and free entry for kids
Under-13s go free to all motorsport events at Donington Park, ensuring a great value day out for the family all season. There are additional savings for teenagers aged 13-15, and all tickets are cheaper in advance. Parking is free at every event too, and there are no hidden extra costs. Adult tickets start at just £15, and there are grandstand upgrades available at most major events, while on site camping is also on offer at most major meetings, allowing fans to stay right in the heart of the action!
Season passes still available
Passes allowing access to almost every event of the year are still available, and provide a big combined saving across the year. The Donington Park season pass allows access to all of this year's events with the exception of World Superbikes, while specific two wheel and four wheel passes allow access to eligible events not just at Donington Park, but to the other circuit's in MSV's group too, including Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton.
2023 Season Highlights
Dukeries Rally - 12 March
Masters Race Weekend - 7/8 April (National circuit)
Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - 22/23 April (National)
Donington Historic Festival - 29/30 April (National)
Bennetts British Superbike Championship - 19-21 May (GP circuit)
British GT Championship and GB4 - 27/28 May (GP)
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship - 30 June-2 July (GP)
CRMC Classic Motorcycle Festival - 29/30 July
Convoy in the Park (truck racing) - 12/13 August (National)
Tunerfest Midlands - 20 August
Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - 26/27 August (GP)
Vaux Valves - 24 September
Bennetts British Superbike Championship - 29 September-1 October (National)
British GT Championship and GB3 - 21/22 October (GP)
Click here to download a full 2023 calendar.
Tickets for most headline events are available to purchase now at www.donington-park.co.uk. Under-13s always go free.