World Superbike Championship organisers Infront have confirmed that Donington Park will return to the calendar in 2011 less than a year after it was removed from the schedule.
The Leicestershire venue hosted an event of World Superbikes each year since the series' inception in 1988, but was dropped for 2010 as a consequence of the fallout from its failed attempt to the secure the hosting rights to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.
Since then, Donington Park has reopened and hosted national motorsport events, though this announcement will signal its return to the international calendar.
Sealing a three-year deal, Donington Park will be one of two British-based World Superbike events, assuming the vacant March 25/26/27 slot on the provisional schedule, round two of the 2011 season.
“It was always my father's dream and since his death at the end of last year, I always wanted to provide a world class event in his memory,” said recently re-instated Donington Park Racing Ltd chairman Kevin Wheatcroft.
A nod to the sizeable British interest in the series, Infront CEO Paolo Flammini was delighted to have Donington Park joining Silverstone on the calendar again.
“We are extremely pleased to bring SBK back to Donington Park for the European Round of the Championship. The Leicestershire circuit is where the Championship began its history 23 years ago and has hosted many successful rounds of our series over the years.
“Thanks to the presence of many competitive British riders both in the Superbike and Supersport classes, we are sure that the 2011 event will attract many fans and will be a huge success”.
Donington Park has been a popular fixture on the WSBK calendar over the years, the last such event being held in 2009 when Ben Spies won both races, but was replaced by Silverstone when it became apparent it wasn't in a position to host the 2010 British event.