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Fundraising page exceeds target for double leg amputee racing driver

Racing driver Billy Monger Credit: ITV Sport

A fundraising page, which was set up for a teenage racing driver who had to have both his legs amputated after a crash at Donington Park, has already exceeded its target.

Billy Monger crashed heavily in the sixth round of the F4 British Championship at the Leicestershire circuit on Sunday.

A JustGiving page, which was set up by the team behind the car, has already managed to raise more than £280,000 for Billy. The initial target was £260,000.

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Driver airlifted to hospital after Donington Park Crash

Credit: ITV News.

A teenage Formula Four driver has been airlifted to hospital following a crash at Donington Park earlier today.

Race coverage caught the moment of impact as Billy Monger's car collided with another which was stationary on the track at the time.

The race was briefly suspended while emergency crews attended the scene.

In a statement the park said:

There was an incident involving Patrik Pasma (no. 21 – Carlin) and Billy Monger (no. 23 – JHR Developments) during Round 6 of the British Formula 4 Championship at Donington Park.

Monger has been carefully extracted from the car after suffering leg injuries, and has since been airlifted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further examination.

Pasma was also carefully extracted from his car. He was fully conscious and immediately taken to the on-site medical centre. He has since been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for further assessment.

Further information will be provided in due course.

– Donington Park.
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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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