Donington Park circuit information & faqs - A track day guide for visitors by Goldtrack

Donington Park Information & FAQs – Track Day Guide For Visitors

Donington Park was originally part of the Donington Hall estate. It was created as a racing circuit during the period between the First and Second World Wars at a point when the German Silver Arrows were battling for the European racing championship.  During the war it was used as a military vehicle storage depot.

Donington Park Information & FAQs

MotorSport Vision bought the circuit business and a long term lease in 2017 and have made significant improvements to the facilities including a new restaurant, modernised toilet blocks, new circuit offices and large new grandstand.

Track Day Info For Donington Park Trackdays

Location: Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP
Directions: Donington Park  On Google Maps

Event Registration: Donington Park licence check & wristband issue from 07.30 am.
Track Day Times: 9:00 am To 5.00 pm
Lunch Break: 12:30 pm To 1:30 pm

The Craner Curves provide the high speed thrill and then on through The Old Hairpin, fast and off camber. Further on there is the high speed approach to McLean’s and the blind entry to Coppice, all challenging and rewarding sections of another great British circuit.

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Donington Park GP Circuit

Length: 4.020 km – 2.498 miles
Corners: 12
Race lap record: 1:18.029

Ayrton Senna, Brazil, McLaren MP4/8, 1993, F1

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“When the classic car is on fire, you know you have to get it back to the fire truck in the pit lane or it’ll be toast”

Calum Lockie

“When your classic car is on fire, you know you’ve got to get it back to the fire truck in the pit lane or it’ll be toast”

Calum Lockie

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Goldtrack track day events at Donington Park are hosted by Melindi Scott and motor racing champion Calum Lockie.  They operate a premium open pitlane policy meaning that you can use the race circuit at any time and for as long as you like throughout your motor racing track day.

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International Events At Donington Park

Donington Park’s premier events include the annual visit of the FIM Superbike World Championship, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. Other large events include British GT and F3, British Truck Racing, the Donington Historic Festival and the Classic Motorcycle Festival.

As well as being a famous motorsport venue, Donington Park is also celebrated as the host of the ‘Download Rock Festival’  held in June, which attracts tens of thousands of music fans each year. The venue also holds a wide variety of exhibitions, shows and other music concerts year-round.  Donington Park Race Calendar

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Donington Park Historic Festival

With competition cars spanning eight decades of racing.   Everything from pre-War sports cars.  From the 1950s and 1960s GT and sports-racing cars, Group C1 cars, to Touring Cars from several eras on the track.  At Donington historic festival there is something for all ages at this family-friendly event weekend Sat 22 & 23rd of April 2023

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Download 20 Festival Donington Park

Download Festival is a mammoth rock event,  based at the spiritual home of rock Donington Park.  The next festival will be 8th to 11 June 2023 and hosts a mega lineup of acts including Metalica & Slipnot

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Places To Stay Near Donington Park

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Donington Park Visitors FAQ

Here is what we think we know so far.  The Donington Park visitors FAQ 2023

Location: Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP
Directions: Donington Park  On Google Maps
Event Registration: Donington Park licence check & wristband issue from 07.30 am.

Donington Park By Road
Donington Park Travelling From the North. Exit M1 at junction 24 and merge onto the A453.

At the roundabout take the 4th exit continuing onto the A453 (sign-posted Tamworth, Birmingham). At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit for the A453 (signposted East Midlands Airport, Diseworth, Donington Park). Remain on the A453 road by taking the 1st exit at the roundabout, follow the road adjacent to the airport, then take the 1st exit at the second roundabout. Once at the traffic lights, keep on the left to go straight on, and take the first right onto Melbourne Lane. Where you will find the Donington Park entrance half a mile on the right.

Donington Park Travelling From the South. Exit the M1 at junction 23a, onto the A42 (signposted Stoke).

At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A453 (signposted East Midlands Airport, Diseworth, Donington Park). Remain on the A453 by taking the 1st exit on the roundabout, follow the road adjacent to the airport, then take the 1st exit at the second roundabout and you will see signposts. For those arriving via the A42, follow the signs onto the A453 at Tonge.

Donington Park By Train
Donington Park’s nearest Train Station is East Midlands Parkway, a 15-minute taxi ride away from the racing circuit. No other public transport serves the station.

Yes we run driver tuition at Donington Park!. No track driver ever stops learning and we take tuition very seriously.

Tuition on a Gold Track day at Donington Park provides familiarisation and basic tuition right through to in-depth coaching for racers. We chose our ARDS instructors for their experience, communication skills and ability to gauge their input to your current level of experience.

Free Initial Tuition For All Novices Driving At Donington Park

Our commitment to safety and high standards of track driving starts with free initial tuition for novices, whether it’s your first time ever at Donington Park or just an unfamiliar circuit.

This ensures that all our customers achieve a certain minimum standard of competence before going solo on the Donington Park race circuit. One of our instructors will sit with you in your car while you drive your first laps. After that, the instructors are available all day for further advice. You can book 30-minute one-to-one tuition sessions at Donington Park or at all our other events.

Yes. Donington Park has facilities suitable for disabled access. There is designated disabled parking available in Paddock 3 via gate 21 with no viewing. There is a dedicated wheelchair viewing area at Coppice via gate 10 with free of charge access to wheelchair users plus one carer. There are WC facilities suitable for wheelchair access too.

Donington Park Motor Circuit operates under a strict noise management regime to comply with planning agreements.

Goldtrack Track days typically run on a 118 dB noise limit, but please refer to individual track day events for noise specifics on your track day booking.

Yes. A cash machine’s at Donington Park can be found in the Megastore and in the Museum Foyer.

Baby changing facilities at Donington Park can be located in. Lower Redgate Hospitality, in-suite 42 and in Garage 39

Donington Park has a no smoking policy in the public or pitlane areas. Outside area’s, there is no set policy.

You can bring food to Donington Park. However, there is a strict policy banning the use of glass.

Clients attending Donington Park.  Like all of our track days, they include people from all walks of life – from wealthy business people who drive exotic supercars, to young enthusiasts who take hot hatches, sports cars and even family saloons onto the circuits.

A number of competing racing drivers also regularly attend our track days at Donington, to refine their circuit knowledge – or just because they can’t stay away.

Calum Lockie is available on all Gold Track days running advanced tuition for safely improving lap speeds at the Donington Park race track, and you’ll always see a great variety of vehicles whilst meeting interesting people who share a similar passion in cars and driving.

We have covered thousands of track miles on Dunlop road-legal trackday tyres and thoroughly recommend them for trackdays at Donington Park. We use them on our Porsche 968 Club Sport track cars and also work with Dunlop Motorsport for circuit only tyres. Check them out at

Yes. Photography for our Donington Park events is covered by the Fresh Orange photography team. You can buy photos on the day or from their website.

Donington Park Track Day Gift Vouchers – You can choose to spend between £20 and £6000 in increments of £10. Meaning you chose how much you want to gift and a great solution for birthday/Christmas gifts from family or retirement / leaving gifts from your company/co-workers.

Goldtrack Gift vouchers are interchangeable, for any circuit or calendar date. Gift vouchers are only applicable to Goldtrack hosted events!

Buying a gift voucher couldn’t be simpler.  Visit our track day gift vouchers page

Passenger Experience Testimonial

We asked Dorset-based author Jo Kemp to write a testimonial on her Calum Lockie passenger experience…

I can do this! It’s only a car (that I won’t be driving) and it’ll be no more than 20 minutes or so around a racetrack. Granted… there are one or two sharp bends but it’s a circular racetrack and anyway, I’ll be in the experienced hands of Calum Lockie. 

Easy-peasy I thought as I was trussed into the passenger seat then it slowly dawned on me that this was very, very REAL. This was no ordinary car. This was a mean souped-up Porsche 911 and Calum wasn’t going to take any prisoners. He didn’t.


Ultimate Passenger Experience

A G-force, adrenaline filled, white knuckle terror of a passenger experience. Being driven at high speed around one of the legendary UK race circuits, without any ability to hit the breaks.

Several laps at breathless speeds with champion racing driver/instructor Calum Lockie.



Professional ARDS Race driving tuition by the hour or by the day.  Learn how best to take your classic (or any) fast car around Silverstone, Goodwood, Goodwood, Donington Park, Thruxton, Spa and Rockingham race track circuits.  Learn from a professional.  Book your next track day experience.

Passenger experience with Calum Lockie and Author Jo Kemp Goldtrack Days

Hanging on for grim death we achieved a staggering 155mph during what was one of the most exciting, exhilarating and terrifying bucket list experiences of a lifetime.

Honestly, this is something we all need to do. Never mind fairground rides and the like.  This was the speed that was REAL and in the hands of someone whose experience is REAL, and I will never ever watch motor racing or a car chase again without reliving the total thrill of that 20 minutes around a windswept hill known as Thruxton.

Jo Kemp Author
Works include Chorlton And The wheelies / Jamie & The Magic Torch / Granny Annie Ultimate Alphabet Book / Hourglass Book 1 The Turning

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Donington Park Stories And Previous Day Track Events

Past events at Donington Park.   This is a new website for 2022 and we are still busy migrating the content.  More posts to follow.

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Goldtrack & Calum Lockie Track Day Sponsors

These are some of the brands that help keep Calum Lockie & Goldtrack equipped when racing on the Donington Park race track.  Interested in promotion, corporate events or sponsorship in the field of motorsports?  See our sponsorship page