That competition is being led by wild-card rider Glen Richards on the Smiths Gloucester Triumph, with PTR riders Ronan Quarby and Jules Cluzel chasing the three-cylinder machine.
Quite a few crashes so far on the slippery surface, including Day, Luca Marconi, both KUJA Honda riders and Mathew Scholtz.
A slimmer than usual schedule greets fans this weekend, with no FIM Superstock 1000 or Superstock 600 action included. Nonetheless, the headline-draws of World Superbike and World Supersport are present and correct, while the always exciting National Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 series' share the billing this weekend.
As mentioned below, there are no BSB wild-cards in the Superbike class, but the Supersport grid will be infiltrated by three unfamiliar faces in the form of Smiths Gloucester Triumph riders Glen Richards, Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey.
Bolstering the fairly small Triumph Daytona 675 contingent this weekend, the trio have been front runners at British Supersport level so far this year and there is little reason to suggest they won't be similarly competitive this weekend, regardless of who they going shoulder-to-shoulder with.
Actually, we will find out very shortly as the WSS riders are out first… The weather? The air is damp after an earlier shower, but while the track is fairly 'green', it is dry.
While those hoping to see Noriyuki Haga
sparring with his old rivals will be disappointed to learn that not a single British Superbike team has opted to wild-card this weekend, three familiar faces will nonetheless be present at Donington Park this weekend.
Though his stint in BSB was a fairly brief one, Loris Baz made a significant enough impression in just a handful of rounds to earn himself the mantle of 'fan favourite', so few will begrudge him his WSBK debut aboard the factory Kawasaki this weekend.
Offered the chance after an impressive stint on a ZX-10R in the Superstock 1000 Championship, not to mention his prior experience of Donington, this is a fine chance for Baz to advertise himself to the top teams – and show Rob McElnea what he is missing.
Also joining the ranks this weekend is Peter Hickman, who gets a surprise call up to replace John Hopkins on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki (FIXI must prefix Crescent now, apparently…), while Gary Mason is set to ride the Pedercini Kawasaki left vacant by the injured David Salom.
In all, we have a healthy grid of 23 riders for this weekend's action (at the moment) – four more than 2011...
It's ironic that less than a week after the World Superbike Championship endured possibly its most contentious day in history – which in turn was timed imperfectly with its 25th Anniversary celebrations -, we arrive in Donington Park for the fifth round of the 2012 season, an event that's had its share of controversies in the past!