Motor sport

Autocar’s 2021 summer guide to British motorsport

British GT and Formula 3, Donington Park (10/11 July)

Combining the first series of British sports cars with the traditional entry level of the UK’s junior single-seater ladder has long been a brilliant idea. The British GT Championship has exploded in recent years, both in terms of competition and professionalism. Formula 3? Let’s be honest, that’s not what it used to be and the British series no longer has the cache it once had – but it’s always a treat to spot future talent before they’re fully blossomed.

Craner Curves and Donington’s Old Hairpin are prime places to watch, on a circuit now under the management of Jonathan Palmer’s well-run MotorSport Vision group.

Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​(July 8-11)

After a year-long hiatus due to you-know-what, we can’t wait to return to the Duke of Richmond’s Sussex estate.

The theme this year is the great all-rounders of motorsport and Roger Penske will be the guest of honour, for the American motorsport mogul’s first visit to Goodwood since taking part in the Tourist Trophy – in 1963!

Silverstone Classic (July 30-August 1)

The world’s greatest historic racing meeting is a fabulous extravaganza celebrating the golden ages of motorsport, both on the track in a busy racing schedule and in the field where displays of your favorite classics are plentiful and at large scale.

BTCC, Oulton Park (July 31-August 1)

Britain’s most scenic circuit is also one of the toughest for drivers. Too bad it comes up against Silverstone Classic this year, but we’d recommend a day out each to complete a perfect motorsport weekend.

Vintage Sports-Car Club, Prescott (August 7-8)

No member is more committed or competes with such enthusiasm than those celebrating the pioneering decades of motorsport. The Prescott Hill Climb is the annual highlight of the VSCC for many and the Gloucestershire venue is simply a delight.