Welcome to Donner Motorsport
Welcome to the official website of Donner Motorsport, a Colorado Springs, Colorado based team that fields entries for David Donner. Donner Motorsport participates in many forms of motorsport, including professional and historic road-racing, but specializes in hillclimbs, especially the world famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
Besides being a six-time Pikes Peak's International Hill Climb Champion, Donner has raced at the professional level in several contemporary and historic racing series.
Donner comes from a long line of motorsports excellence. His grand-father Robert Donner was active in the Colorado Springs business community and helped revive the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the post WW II years. His father Bobby Donner Jr. was also active in promotion of the event, but was also a strong participant, winning the race three times in Porsche RSKs in the early 1960s before going on to become active in the international and domestic professional, club and historic racing scenes wth a series of Ferraris. David's older brother Bobby Donner III was a Pikes Peak winner with a promising career in motorsports when he tragically lost his life in freak accident involving a deer.
With a legacy like this, it was no wonder that in June of 2016, the Donner family was inducted into the Pike Peak Hall of Fame for their support of the race and for their competitive spirit.
2016 News! Donner wins Pikes Peak Time Attack 1 with Porsche 911 GT3-R
After winning the 2015 Time Attack 2 Class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb driving a Porsche 991 Turbo S, Donner Motorsport set their sights in 2016 on the Time Attack 1 Class, acquiring a Porsche GT3-R. While the GT3-R is world famous for its impressive handling and grip, without a turbocharger, it would give away great amounts of power at high altitude on the upper reaches of the course. Still, Donner was confident that the car's handling - combined with his experience on America's Mountain - would get the job done. He was right! On June 26, 2016 Donner set a time of 10:00 to handily take first place over Raphael Astier of France driving a Porsche GT3 Cup.
Donner's approach with the car was very similar to that taken by his father Bob Donner Jr in the early 1960s. He made very minimal changes to the car from its normal road-racing set up. Other than changing ride-height for the large bumps at the top of the course, he did nothing else. Though a gearing change would have been to his advantage, Donner chose to go with a minimalist approach, confident of the car's and his own abilities.
Donner had already been a five-time winner of the race, three times overall in the Open-wheel division driving a Donner/Dykstra DD3-Chevrolet special, once in the Unlimited division driving a Palatov special, and once in Time Attack 2, driving the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
For 2016, Donner entered the GT3-R under the Donner Motorsport banner with support from AirPower Racing of Tooele, Utah, and with backing from A.S. Long Racing, Porsche classics broker Road Scholars and several other sponsors. Other cars in the Time Attack 1 Class were fielded from Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Acura.
Donner is also a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member and is available for precision driving, vehicle testing and commercials.