Official Sponsor to Donington Park Circuit
The new Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport is in the ideal location for anyone heading to Donington Park. Just a five-minute drive from the park, the hotel is also only 800 metres away from the airport's terminal building and within easy reach of the M1 motorway and East Midlands Parkway station.
With a host of prestigious events running at Donington Park throughout 2012, such as British Touring Cars and both the World and British Superbike Championships, the future is looking very bright once again for the Leicestershire based circuit.
Staying at Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport is the perfect end to a day at Donington Park. After enjoying a thrilling day racing, guests can return to the hotel to relax in a modern, air-conditioned hotel room complete with a flat-screen television and Free high-speed, wireless Internet access.
Donington Park has hosted motor racing since 1931, when Derby garage owner Fred Craner convinced the owner of the Donington Hall estate to host motorbike races. Cars first raced on the track in March the same year and it soon made its name thanks to the exploits of the legendary Auto Union Silver Arrow racing cars in the late 1930s.
Donington established itself as the regular venue for the Moto GP, the British Superbike Championship and the British Touring Car Championships. In 1993, Donington Park hosted the European Formula 1 Grand Prix, which the late Ayrton Senna later credited as the best race of his career.
The newly remodelled circuit is 2.5 miles long, including the Melbourne Loop, and has 12 turns. Its curves and straights bear witness to its illustrious history, including Starkey's Straight, Wheatcroft Straight, McLean's, the Esses and the Craner Curves - named after the man who first brought racing to Donington 80 years ago.