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May, 2013

Ayrton Senna Tribute Floored By EFS At Donington Historic Festival

Ayrton Senna Tribute Floored By EFS At Donington Historic Festival

Posted: Sat, 11 May 2013 11:14

Working on behalf of Gl Events Owen Brown at Donington Historic Festival (May 3rd-5th) Event Flooring Solutions floored Structures with their Temp-A-Path Flooring to house 3 of Ayrton Senna’s car’s along with a selection of memorabilia in the Paddock for on-track demonstrations of cars which played a significant role in the career of the late triple World Champion. * From F3 to F1...

In 1982 Ayrton Senna won the British and European F2000 Championships, and was rewarded with a drive in the season-end F3 race in a Ralt RT3. He famously won the race, and that very RT3 was demonstrated on the track at the Donington Historic Festival. During his F3 Championship-winning season in 1983, Senna enjoyed his first-ever drive in an F1 car, testing Keke Rosberg’s Monaco GP-winning Williams-Cosworth FW08C at Donington Park. That very same FW08C was a star feature of the Donington Collection, and this important machine came out of the museum specially for the Festival. As a result of his impressive F1 tests in 1983, Senna moved into Grand Prix racing full-time in 1984, and his first Formula One race car - the famous 1984 Toleman TG-184-02 Hart turbo - was also displayed at the Festival. This is the car that Senna drove to a spectacular second place in the 1984 Monaco GP, overtaking Alain Prost for the lead but being robbed of his first Grand Prix win when heavy rain stopped the race the following lap. Also on display was the 1986 JPS Lotus Renault Turbo in which Senna won the US GP at Detroit. The young Brazilian started the race in pole position, but tyre problems saw him initially fall back to eighth place, with the race lead changing hands six times between five drivers before – equipped with fresh tyres – Senna carved his way through the field to take victory.