Great day despite a rough start at DPArriving at Donington Park and being restricted to using the gravelled Paddock 3 was far from ideal. The setup for World Superbikes this weekend was due to start around midday and the pits, garages, paddock 1 and paddock 2 were all out of bounds. After a frantic hour or so with the circuit management, we negotiated the use of the Melbourne Loop for parking for the trucks and trailers as a makeshift paddock and pit lane. We then set about making arrangements for the circuit access to ensure it was safe to run the track day from the loop. With advice from the BaT instructors, recticel barriers and cones were carefully positioned at the Esses and Goddards and sighting laps started on-time at 9am - seemed like a minor miracle at the time!
Thankfully the skies were clear and it was a nice mild Spring day - which meant the lack of facilities didn't cause as much of a problem as initially feared - with the atmosphere on the Melbourne Loop positively "garden party" at times.
As always at BaT, numbers were strictly limited and with just 50 cars in attendance all day, there was plenty of high-quality track time to be had throughout the day. Once again, an incident-free day with no damage sustained and just a couple of quick stoppages to recover stranded cars from the various gravel traps around Donington!
Autocar's Vicky Parrott at Donington Park in the Megane and Dan Skinner and his brother have a bit more luck this time in their 230bhp Westfield, which blew up last year at Rockingham!
Click thumbnail to view image.
23 March 2011
Other blog posts
Spa March 2017
Our recent Spa track day trip was a huge success. Two busy days plus glorious weather made for the ideal track days. Read on for more information.View
BookaTrack Caterham Job Opportunity
Job Opportunity - BookaTrack seek an experienced Web Developer and programmer to assist with design and implimentation of new systems.View
BookaTrack Caterham Job Opportunities
Job Opportunity - BookaTrack seek a Weekend Sales Executive to cover the Caterham showroom and a Pit Lane Operative applicant for events at Donington Park and other UK and European circuits.View
Eastern European Trip 2016
Read about our recent adventures in Eastern Europe at Brno, Slovakiaring and Hungaroring.View
Job Opportunity - Junior Sales Executive
Job Opportunity - BookaTrack seek Junior Sales Executive to join the team.View
Spa March 2016
We swapped Easter eggs for Spa last weekend. Read Leanne Fahy's account of our recent trip.View
BookaTrack Caterham Launch Event
Join BookaTrack Caterham for an exciting showroom launch on Saturday 5th March.View
Meet the BaT Team - David Bailey
Meet the BaT team - here we introduce instructor David Bailey.View
Spa November 2015
Leanne Fahy looks back over our recent trip to Spa.View
BaT Member Profile - Linzi and Giles Roadnight
The first blog in our BaT member profile feature - here we introduce Linzi and Giles Roadnight.View