Donington Historic Festival Time Table announced

Donington Historic Festival Time Table announced

The action-packed timetable for the 2018 Donington Historic Festival (May 4, 5 and 6) has been announced, and it promises a feast for historic motorsport fans.

With a fantastic range of world-class grids to appeal to everyone from lovers of single-seaters to Tin-Tops, DHF 2018 will see several hundred classic racing cars spanning nine decades take to the world-famous Donington Park track.

Festival visitors on Friday May 4 - qualifying day - will be able to witness every single race series in action as all competitors battle it out for their place on the grid. Saturday May 5 sees 10 races, including the return to DHF of the highly glamorous pre-63 GT and the Festival debut of the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy for Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single-seaters from 1967-79. The equally impressive schedule for Sunday May 6 features nine races, including the ‘Mad Jack’ race for Pre-War Sports Cars, the GT and Sports Car Cup for pre-66 GT and pre-63 sportscars and the second Derek Bell Trophy race.

Spectators can also enjoy the all-access open paddock, pitlane walks, Group B rally car and historic kart demonstrations, supercar and classic car passenger rides with the Sporting Bears, thousands of classic cars gathering in the infield and DHF’s family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere.

The 2018 Donington Historic Festival provisional timetable is as follows:

Friday May 4 (Qualifying Day)
* 09:10 - Pre-63 GT
* 09:50 - HSCC Derek Bell Trophy for Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single-seaters (1967-1979)
* 10:20 - Historic Touring Car Challenge (HTCC) with Tony Dron Trophy
* 11:00 - U2TC Trophy for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars
* 11:40 - Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-66 Jaguar cars
* 12:15 - Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars
* 12:45 - Lunch Break / Parades
* 13:45 - HRDC 'Touring Greats' for pre-60 Touring Cars with invited ‘TC63’
* 14:20 - GT and Sports Car Cup for pre-66 GT and pre-63 sportscars
* 15:10 - Mad Jack - Pre-War Sports Cars
* 15:45 - Super Touring Car Challenge for 1970-2005 Touring Cars
* 16:15 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline’ Championship for pre-61 Front-Engined Formula Juniors
* 16:45 - Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars
* 17:25 - HRDC ‘Coys Trophy’ celebrating the BTCC 1958-1966
* 18:00 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline' Championship for pre-64 Front and Rear-Engined Formula Juniors

Saturday May 5
* 09:10 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline’ Championship for pre-61 Front-Engined Formula Juniors (Race 1)
* 09:45 - Super Touring Car Challenge for 1970-2005 Touring Cars (Race 1)
* 10:20 - Pre-63 GT
* 11:35 - HSCC Derek Bell Trophy for Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single-seaters from 1967-1979 (Race 1)
* 12:10 - Historic Touring Car Challenge (HTCC) with Tony Dron Trophy HSCC
* 13:10 - Lunch Break / Parade and Demonstrations
* 14:10 - U2TC Trophy for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars (Race 1)
* 15:05 - Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars
* 16:20 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline’ Championship for pre-64 Front and Rear-Engined Formula Juniors (Race 1)
* 16:55 - HRDC 'Touring Greats' for pre-60 Touring Cars with invited ‘TC63’
* 17:55 - Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-66 Jaguar cars

Sunday May 6
* 09:10 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline’ Championship for pre-61 Front-Engined Formula Juniors (Race 2)
* 09:45 - Mad Jack - Pre-War Sports Cars
* 10:40 - GT and Sports Car Cup for pre-66 GT and pre-63 sportscars
* 12:40 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
* 13:40 - U2TC Trophy for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars (Race 2)
* 14:35 - HSCC Derek Bell for Trophy Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single-seaters from 1967-1979 (Race 2)
* 15:10 - Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars
* 16:25 - Super Touring Car Challenge for 1970-2005 Touring Cars (Race 2)
* 17:00 - HRDC ‘Coys Trophy’ celebrating the BTCC 1958-1966
* 18:00 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline' Championship for pre-64 Front and Rear-Engined Formula Juniors (Race 2)

SINGLE-SEATERS AT DHF 2018 PART 1 - HSCC DEREK BELL TROPHY
Making its DHF debut, the Derek Bell Trophy is one of the most spectacular series in historic racing and is for Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single-seaters built and raced between 1967 and 1979 along with classes for Formula Atlantic, later Formula Three and Formula Ford 2000 cars.

The sight and sound of these powerful wings and slicks racing cars is always a highlight of a race meeting, and the HSCC say that a guest appearance from a 3-litre Formula 1 car is also a possibility.

SINGLE-SEATERS AT DHF 2018 PART 2 - FJHRA/HSCC ‘SILVERLINE’ CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FRONT-ENGINED FORMULA JUNIORS AND FOR REAR-ENGINED FORMULA JUNIORS

These lovely little machines, developed for a racing formula that was introduced 60 years ago to train and bring on future Grand Prix drivers, always deliver outstanding, highly competitive and very racing. Back in the day, these nimble little machines were the stepping-stone to Formula 1 for some of the greatest names in the sport.

With two grids (one for each series), and two races per grid, there will be plenty of Formula Junior action at DHF 2018!

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