Donington Park will be known by many racing fans outside of the UK as the venue that in 1993 saw one of Ayrton Senna’s greatest ever drives in the wet. It so nearly held another Grand Prix in 2010 too, but this failed to materialise.
I’m not convinced Donington Park would be the perfect track for modern Formula One anyway, it’s too small and narrow to provide serious overtaking opportunities. However, when you look past Formula One and towards something a little bit smaller and slower, this track is set up perfectly for exciting, close racing.
It’s one of those rare circuits where you can run side by side for half of the lap, switching positions corner by corner and constantly aiming for cutbacks. It also has one of the best sections of track anywhere in Europe from the run out of the first corner to the run back up the hill after Old Hairpin.
You need commitment, you need confidence and you need perfect timing to nail this section. It also has one of the best spots for spectating to go with it, a real dream for racing fans and drivers alike.
When learning the circuit on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the main thing to focus on is patience in the second half of the lap and precision in the first. Here are some lap time targets for you to have a go at beating:
- Pro : 1:25.20
- Pro/Am : 1:28.50
- Am : 1:32.00
- My Laptime : 1:25.70
Take in what you can, fire up ACC and get back out there to experience this fantastic circuit.