Rallying to return to Donington Park in 2015


Rallying will return to Donington Park for the first time since 1998 next year when the Dukeries Rally heads to the Derbyshire circuit on 25th October.

The Dukeries Rally has been held since 1959 and run every year, a popular event which is expected to attract an entry of up to 90 cars in the new single venue asphalt rally format.

It’s not the first time that Dukeries Rally has visited the circuit, from 1968 to 1970 the event used the pre-war layout at Donington Park. For 2015 the event will be held over 55 miles across eight stages, encompassing the race track and service roads around the circuit.

“We are very pleased to be able to confirm a first event, the Dukeries Rally in October, so soon after receiving our planning permission to host national events” said Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate.

Donington Park  was granted planning permission to host two days of national rallying events per year from 2015 onwards.

“This confirms what we always thought, that Donington Park is an exceptional venue to host all forms of motor sport, including stage rallying, and we look forward to working closely with Dukeries Motor Club and establishing a long term relationship which will see national rallying become a regular fixture at Donington Park.”

Dukeries Motor Club Chairman David Baugh added: “We are delighted to be organising a stage rally at such an iconic motorsport venue as Donington Park and that this new event will maintain the continuity of the Dukeries Rally name.

“This announcement is the result of long term discussions with Donington and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them to create a successful event which will be popular with rally competitors and spectators alike.”