Second Donington date added to British GT Championship calendar

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The British GT Championship will make two visits to Donington Park next season following confirmation of its 2019 calendar.

The Leicestershire venue fills the June 22-23 weekend originally set aside in the provisional calendar issued three months ago. However, the event’s exact race format remains under wraps while SRO Motorsports Group discusses potential options with the track’s operators, MSV.

This will be the first time that Donington has hosted British GT outside of its traditional end-of-season slot since the championship staged a three-hour race there in 2011.

The recent sale of Rockingham left British GT without a suitable sixth venue in the UK. And following discussions with several existing and new circuits, Donington was considered the strongest candidate.

British GT is now working on an event format that will differentiate its mid-season visit from the circuit’s traditional two-hour season finale on September 14-15.

“There were a lot of elements to consider, such as availability, date clashes and suitability, but Donington was always at the top of our wish list if we were required to visit the same circuit twice,” said Benjamin Franassovici, championship manager.

“It’s very popular with drivers but also has a pitlane big enough to accommodate refueling, as would have been the case at Rockingham.

“However, it also offers the chance to try something different and there are a few things we’ve been considering behind the scenes. We’re currently working with MSV to see which of these can be incorporated next season.”

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