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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

Founded by Joop Donkervoort in 1978, Donkervoort Automobielen is based in Lelystad, in The Netherlands. Now managed by his son, Denis, Donkervoort has sold more than 1500 cars and maintains a staff of more than 50. It earned sportscar credibility in 1988 when its D10 smashed the world acceleration record, then earned more when the D8 270 RS broke the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record, with a 7:14:89 lap time, in 2005. Its cars range from
comfortable tourers to harder-edged track models and besides sheer speed, the brand is also known for exacting attention to detail.

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