Donkervoort is one of the few car makes that are suitable for driving to racetrack, taking part in a race there and afterwards, driving back home. In addition to fairness on the track, the mark of a Gentleman’s Racing class. That explains the years (1993-2001) of continuous success of the Donkervoort Cup. A racing class with and for enthusiastic and competition-minded Donkervoort drivers with races in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and a number of other countries, in which everything was provided, such as technical assistance, tyre service hospitality, catering etc.
Divinol Cup/Langstrecke Pokal
After nearly ten years of the Donkervoort Cup, the need arose to have the car compete against and thereby measure itself with other makes. This started with participation in the German Divinol Cup and the Long distance Cup, in which Donkervoort was title holder in both championships. In addition, long distance races were successfully competed in on tracks such as the Nürburgring and Hockenheimring.
Lap Record Nürburgring Nordschleife
In 2004, Donkervoort Racing broke the relative silence in the realm of racing by setting the prestigious lap record on the German Nürburgring. To be exact, on the Nordschleife, Europe’s most appealing and demanding racetrack. Practical out of the blue, the existing record held by another sports car make was smashed by no fewer than 15 whole seconds. A daring exploit that was repeated in 2005. Now by an entire second. For enthusiasts: in 2005, Michael Düchting raced the Donkervoort around in 7.14.89. In both years the Donkervoort D8 270 RS, with a permanent roof and various aerodynamic aids including spoiler, with pure and simply the fastest. In one fell swoop, Donkervoort was back in the spotlight and the media. A prelude for what was to come with the introduction of the Donkervoort D8 GT in 2007 and the participation with this car in the FIA GT4 European Championship series in 2008 and 2009.
FIA GT4 European Cup
After the introduction of the D8 GT in 2007, an invitation from FIA to come and take part in the new FIA GT4 Championship Series landed on the doorstep at Donkervoort. A year and a half later, with justifiable pride, Donkervoort Automobiles presented the first to D8 GT in racing version during the 24 Hour of Spa-Francorchamps. The initial kilometres driven in anger were an event and successful to boot: in its class, Donkervoort won 1st and 3rd place. And did so in the very first race!
The FIA created the new GT4 Super Sports class for street legal car with a minimum weight of 750 kg (Donkervoort had to add weight), in order for car sports as such to promote the necessity to reduce the weight of autos for the benefit of reducing CO2. The race class is part of the existing FIA GT4 European Series, in which car makes such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Audi, BMW, Nissan and the Ford Mustang approach the starting line. With competition from these great makes, Donkervoort Racing finished its first full racing season in the FIA GT4 with the vice-championship.
24H of Dubai
These good results encourage the desire to drive long distance runs. This opportunity presented itself with an invitation to the 2010 24 H of Dubai.
For the past several years, the oil-rich country Dubai has been making its mark with this long distance race, which is held in the ultra modern Dubai Autodrome. A welcome and for racing teams and racing drivers a very popular addition to the run with rock-hard endurance racing events.
In 2010 Donkervoort with the D8 GT joined the competition for the first time, with a large and varied number of entrants. This would be the very first long distance race for the D8 GT; the ultimate way to test the car for endurance and quality. A new D8 GT was developed for this: specially adapted for long distance runs. With four racing drivers of various nationalities, including ‘Mr Endurance’, Peter Kox, Donkervoort Racing finished the very first long distance run of the D8 GT in fifth place in the GT4 field and 24th place out of a total field of 80 participates.
In January 2011, Donkervoort Racing Team took part for the second time in the 24H of Dubai. The Donkervoort D8 GT (in 24-hour version), with drivers Nick de Bruijn (NL), Denis Donkervoort (NL) and Stéphane Wintenberger (F) took first place in the SP3-GT4 class. With that, the team placed 13th in the overall rankings, with over 85 participants. A splendid and very promising result!