I’ve been working on a Donington Park upgrade design for r/RaceTrackDesigns on Reddit (check it out if you want more track designing goodness, particularly more detailed stuff). Anyway, it’s perfect for this so I’ll post it here. Think of it as a sneak preview before I do the “nice” version in photoshop :)
4.89km, clockwise, 16 turns.
New Grand Prix circuit: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6895309
All roads: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6895310
The GP pits are on the current main straight (but inside the track), while the pits on Starkey’s Straight are for support categories or the southern circuit. There’s also a northern circuit, and a national circuit (basically what the BTCC currently runs, but the chicane had to be modified due to the reprofiling of Starkey’s straight).
I tried to keep the existing track as untouched as possible, because it’s a great track for slower open wheelers and touring cars. So all of it from Redgate to the apex of Coppice can be left untouched. For the F1 layout, I tightened the old hairpin (because it’s not a hairpin at all in an F1 car), so it should be similar to Brooklands at Silverstone, and it should be an overtaking opportunity. A short straight leads to another new complex on the inside of McLean’s. The exit of Coppice has been tightened to allow for more runoff and also the reprofiled Starkey’s straight, which eliminates the need for the chicane. Melbourne hairpin has been brought forward, because the longer straight needs more runoff. Then, there’s the new section. Cars will plunge downhill through the esses, then there will be a potential overtaking opportunity into the new hairpin. Another straight, slightly downhill, into the last two corners. The first is a bit like a tighter version of Juncao at Interlagos, as it goes uphill on the exit, then there’s a sweeping right hander leading back on to the pit straight.