Donington Park has received its official homologation from the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme), giving the Leicestershire venue the green light to host the European round of World Superbike Championship from 25-27 March.
The FIM conducted its final circuit inspection on Friday, to ensure that the revamped track meets with the organisation’s strict regulations. Major investment over the past five months brings the venue in line with other top European, Middle Eastern and Asian circuits in terms of safety standards.
Just one day before the inspection, Donington Park opened its doors for the first No Limits track day of the year with over 200 riders on track. “Hearing the sound of motorcycles on the track again really was something special,” said Donington Park Racing’s Chairman Kevin Wheatcroft. “The whole team deserves appreciation for their hard work in getting to this point. With the time lost due to bad weather over the winter, the major effort has had to focus on restoring and preparing the track itself to meet FIM regulations and bring World Superbikes back.”
Donington Park’s focus on creating a positive experience for the fans includes new and improved spectator areas, specifically at Redgate Corner and Hollywood bank. A new section of the infield will be open to the public, accessed via the Esses Tunnel and allowing fans to watch the racing from Redgate, Hollywood, Craner Curves, the Old Hairpin and right up to McLeans. Access into the circuit has been greatly improved (thankfully) with the addition of a new main entrance near the Exhibition Centre at gate 20, allowed by the removal of the railway carriage. Five permanent WC blocks will be completely revamped in time for World Superbikes with new fittings and lighting to greatly improve the standard of the facilities – so you might even be able to take the missus without her complaining about all the wee on the floor…
We can’t wait to get back to Donny – it’s fantastic to see the circuit coming alive again – see more on their website, where you can also buy tickets for WSB (or call 0844 873 7343 to order).
2011 Donington Park Bike Calendar
March 25/26/27 – FIM Superbike World Championship
April 9/10 – Thundersport GB Donington Superbike Masters
May 2 – Donington Classic Motorcycle Revival
August 20/21 – FIM World Endurance Championship
September 10/11 – British Superbike Championship
October 22/23 – Thundersport GB Motorcycle Championship Finals