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Donkervoort wins Sport Auto High Performance Days in Hockenheim

Friday 5/20/2016
Donkervoort wins Sport Auto High Performance Days in Hockenheim

Donkervoort Customer Racing

The first half of 2016 has been fabulous for Donkervoort, from the first delivery of the D8 GTO-S and the tremendously enthusiastically received sneak preview of the D8 GTO-RS, which is expected out later this year.

The focus was not exclusively on the new models, though: the demonstration cars for the existing D8 GTO have not been stuck in their stables these past few weeks. From visits to exhibitions like the Techno Classica Essen and Top Marques Monaco to super tests on the German Sachsenring (AutoBild Sportscars) and the Austrian Wachauring (PS Das Motor Magazin), the D8 GTO could be seen strutting its stuff at many locations throughout Europe. To wrap up this memorable half year, Donkervoort competed in at Sport Auto High Performance Days in Germany over the Easter weekend. And what a finish! During this well-attended event at the famous Hockenheimring, Donkervoort Customer Racing took a fabulous and admirable first place.

Donkervoort Customer Racing – a division of Donkervoort Racing aimed at supporting and ‘training’ Donkervoort drivers with racing ambitions – took three D8 GTOs to the famous Hockenheimring in Germany last weekend to compete in the High Performance Days organised by German car magazine Sport Auto.

After a smart fourth place in the qualification, the Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition driven by Denis Donkervoort fought its way through the final race on Sunday—beginning with a reversed-grid start (fastest qualifying time at the back, slowest in front) followed by a fierce battle with competing cars, including a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup and a Viper ACR with a whopping 850 hp—to achieve victory!

After the race Denis Donkervoort said, “It’s fantastic to see that the GTO in a fully street legal version can compete with pure race machines such as the Porsche and Viper. That makes the kick when you pass the finish line first all the greater and once again proves the speed and potential of this car on the track!”

About Donkervoort Automobielen

Established in 1978 by Joop Donkervoort and now led by his son, Denis, Donkervoort Automobielen has sold more than 1,500 cars. Operating from Lelystad, The Netherlands, with a team of over 50 experts, the company initially gained renown with the D10 in 1988, setting a world acceleration record, followed by the D8 270 RS in 2005 with a record lap at the Nürburgring. The F22, further integrating their patented, advanced Ex-Core carbon fibre technology, set a new benchmark in 2023 by achieving 2.3g of lateral acceleration at the Zandvoort circuit, surpassing the D8 GTO-JD70's previous 2.1g record, showcasing Donkervoort’s engineering prowess. Their focus on exclusive, tailored supercars and driving lifestyle experiences continues to embody the ‘Living the Drive’ ethos. Looking to the future, Donkervoort hints at more innovations, continuing the brand's adventurous evolution.

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