Donington Park bosses are set to deliver a 14-race programme when the World Superbike circus comes to town in May - and they have manage to negotate a change to the schedule which will see the main events on Saturday and Sunday take place at 3pm instead of the scheduled 1pm.
The WSBK and World Supersport classes will be bolstered by not only the usual Dorna support classes but also appearances from the domestic Pirelli National Superstock men and the Ducati TriOptions Challenge giving a full schedule on both Saturday and Sunday.
“We have been campaigning for this series to become fan-friendly,” said Donington chief Chris Tate, speaking to bikesportnews.com. “We have been lobbying for a vital open paddock, which has happened, so it is a cheaper experience all round especially when you buy one of the asrly bird passes, which is £50 for a weekend ticket plus four-nights camping for £75 all in. It really is making a weekend of it.
“It should encourage people to make a whole weekend of it, instead of turning up for a day or two. The other thing we have been in negotiation for is a more exciting timetable. The really important thing is we have got some sensible times for pitwalks and spectator activity, it is now a busy programme. The key thing is we have broken from the rigid timetable and both WSBK races will be at 3pm.
“On top of that, there will be Superstock 1000, Superstock 600 and the Ducatis, there will be seven races on Sunday, which we are really committed to delivering, as well as a lot of activity in the campsite.”