About Martin

The autobiography of Martin Donnelly


Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly, born 26 March 1964, is a motor racing driver from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He competed in Formula Three and Formula 3000 where he won 3 races. In the 1988 International Formula 3000 season he placed third despite only competing in the final five rounds of the championship. He raced in Formula One in 1989 with Arrows and in 1990 with Camel Lotus F1 Team, until a serious crash during qualifying at the Jerez circuit ended his Formula One career.

Martin's post-F1 career and other accolades:


  • In 1990, Martin collected a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
  • In 2006, Martin returned to Lotus, participating in a track day sponsored by a Lotus owner's club. In September 2007, he beat 35 other Lotus Elises to win Class A in the Donington Park round of the Elise Trophy. This class win was closely followed by the race win in the 2nd Elise Trophy race of the day
  • Since 2010, Martin has been the driver representative on the FIA stewards panel for a number of F1 Grand Prix
  • In 2011 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Martin drove a Lotus 102 similar to that which nearly took his life. The Lamborghini-powered car was the same specification as the car he drove in 1990, the original car having been completely destroyed in the crash
  • Martin made his British Touring Car Championship début in 2015 driving for the works Infiniti-Support Our Paras Racing Team
  • He continues to have a close relationship with the Elise Trophy organisers LoTRDC, and raced in a Lotus Evora in 2012
  • Martin is currently working as a club steward for Lotus Cup Europe and is currently racing in FIA Lotus Cup Europe in a Motul sponsored Lotus Elise.

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