LRO was given a sneak preview of the new man-made course, which turned out to be a twisty network knobbly rock crawls, ingenious log steps, perfect axle twisters, and a wading pool, with great views over Derbyshire to be found on its biggest summits.
The tracks are designed to be drivable all year round, so vehicles can be put through their paces throughout the winter months without becoming bogged down. Tougher, muddier stages will also be developed in the months to come, including a woodland section through the surrounding trees.
Defender Challenge champion Edd Cobley also demonstrated the site’s new high-speed off-road track, treating this lucky writer to a blistering lap in his Bowler-prepared Defender 90. It’s a nail-biting circuit of fast straights on gravel and grass – one section running terrifyingly close to a fence – with a sudden excursion up a steep bank thrown in to catch out the unsuspecting passenger.
Join one of LRO’s Donington Off-Road Experience Days!
LRO readers have exclusive access to the course with the LRO Adventure Club, courtesy of Vince Cobley and Protrax. The new LRO Donington Off-Road Experience Days offer a unique day of training and off-roading, where you’ll get to drive your own Land Rover over the purpose-built obstacles, and watch others doing the same. Uniquely among off-road training days, you’ll also spend time in Donington’s historic collections of Formula 1 cars and military vehicles and have use of the site’s amenities and restaurant.
Saturday 10 October
Saturday 14 November
£65 per vehicle, two drivers £75. Please arrive in time to begin at 9am.
Bowler Experience Days
Bowler Motorsport, also based in Derbyshire, will be offering Bowler Experience days at the site, involving high-speed passenger rides in a range of current and historic Bowlers. Details are prices are yet to be announced. In the meantime Bowler will be using the new course for vehicle testing.
Donington Park has a motorsport heritage dating back to 1931, and has been the subject of an extensive development program since 2010. For more information, visit the Donington Park website.