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Weekend Picks: Car Festival

Masters Festival: Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd July (Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby)

A grid full of historic Formula One vehicles will entertain crowds at the Masters Festival at Donington Park this weekend.

Legendary F1 cars from the 1960s to the 1980s will be showcased at Donington Park Credit: Pete Austin

The event is a rare chance for visitors to see cars from 1966 through to 1985 in a competitive environment.

There’ll also be a one hour race for the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship which will feature a number of Porsche, Lola, Ferrari and Chevron sports cars from 1962 up to 1974.

Other series competing over the weekend include Formula Classic, Scottish Classic Sports & Saloon Championship, Scottish BMW Compact Cup and the SRCC Sports 2000 Championship.

For opening times and more information visit: www.donington-park.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Winter Warrior

Winter Warrior: Sat 6th Feb (Donington Park, Derbyshire)

The Winter Warrior assault course comes to Donington Park Credit: Peter Steffen/DPA/PA Images

An obstacle race involving snow and ice will be held at Donington Park this weekend.

The Winter Warrior assault course will feature more than 60 challenging obstacles including a climbing zone, avalanche, human cannon ball, tunnels, giant walls, hurdles and much more.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://xrunner.co.uk/winter-warrior-obstacle-race/

Weekend Picks: Donington Christmas Fayre

Donington Christmas Fayre: 12th - 13th December (Derby)

Fairytale festive scene at Donington Park Credit: Donington Park Racing Ltd

Donington Park is transformed into a fairy-tale festive scene this weekend to raise money for Nottingham-based children’s charity ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. The event will feature over 100 stalls selling Christmas arts and crafts gifts, as well as festive food and drink.

Young visitors will have the chance to meet Santa himself and will be taken on an enchanting journey from the Engine Room to Santa’s secret grotto.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting and raising money for such a caring children’s charity and hope to see thousands of people come to Donington Park for our first Christmas Fayre. We’re really hoping to kick start the Christmas celebrations, and the Fayre will have something for all ages.”

– Alison Nicholls, Donington Park Chief Operating Officer

Weekend Pick: GT & Formula Car Races at Donington Park

Credit: Jakob Ebrey/British GT Media Service

MotorSport Vision Racing visits Donington Park for the second time this year with a selection of single seater and tin top series.

Single seaters are represented by Monoposto Championship, with machines ranging from Formula Fords and Formula Jedis to Formula 3.

The tin top action comes from the Production BMW Championship with Toyo Tires Racing Saloons, and machines from the Volkswagen-Audi Group. More details: MotorSport Vision Racing

Donington Park lap record goes during Superbikes event

Kiyonari in action last season Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Ryuichi Kiyonari broke the lap record during qualifying as made his way to pole position for tomorrow's opening round of the British Superbikes Championship at the Leicestershire track.

The Japanese rider powered to a time of one minute 29.455 seconds on his BMW, beating James Ellison on his Kawasaki by just 0.029 seconds.

Defending champion Shane Byrne also made the front row, despite hand an ankle injuries he suffered during testing last month in Spain.

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Donington Park hosts launch day for Touring Cars

Donington Park is hosting a launch day for the British Touring Car Championships today.

Last year's overall champion, Colin Turkington, in action in 2014 Credit: Colin Edwards / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

It is the third year in a row the event has been held at the track in Leicestershire.

The teams taking part will show off their new cars, drivers and livery before the first part of testing begins this afternoon.

Pre-season Formula E Tests start at Donington Park

The FIA Formula E Championship season starts in Beijing in September Credit: ITV Central

The world's first fully-electric race series, The FIA Formula E Championship, will start its official pre-season tests today at Donington Park.

The testing offers the Formula E teams the chance to see the fully-electric race cars in action.

The remaining tests at the Leicestershire circuit will take place on July 4th, 9th and 10th with the final session on August 19th. The season starts in Beijing on 13th September.

The Formula E headquarters while under construction in April this year Credit: ITV News Central

It has previously been announced that two teams fronted by Hollywood A-lister Leonardo Di Caprio and Virgin boss Richard Branson respectively - will use the circuit for their testing and development work.

The new Formula E series will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Download Festival pictures: Aerosmith steal the show

Steve Tyler from veteran rock band Aerosmith closing Download last night Credit: PA
Lexxi Foxx, Michael Starr and Satchel of Steel Panther live on stage on day 3 Credit: PA
Some of the 90,000 fans who attended Download at Donington Park this weekend Credit: PA
Linkin Park headlined the main stage on Saturday night Credit: PA
Dylan Howe of Status Quo live on stage on day two Credit: PA
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform on Sunday night Credit: PA
Fans rock out at Donington Park - 90,000 people will leave the site today Credit: PA

Police warn drivers of Download Festival travel delays

Ninety thousand fans attended the festival in Donington Park over the weekend, with veteran rockers Aerosmith headlining.

Police are expecting delays and traffic jams as festival goers leave the site to return home.

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