The 2011 FIA
World Touring Car Championship calendar will feature one amendment to the draft that was approved by the FIA
World Motor Sport Council in September after the British round moves from Brands Hatch
The switch was mainly dictated by logistics, and ends Brands Hatch's five-year hold on the round, which ran from 2006 until this season. Donington
has yet to hold a WTCC
championship round, but previously played host to the European Touring Car Championship between 2002-04 and, before that, staged the 1994 FIA
World Touring Car Cup. A two-year agreement has been signed, with the 2011 round retaining the same 17 July date initially awarded to Brands Hatch.
"We are very happy with this agreement and we are sure that working in close collaboration we will be able to make the event one of the highlights of the WTCC
promoter Marcello Lotti commented, "Donington Park is an historical venue for international motorsport and, after its recent renovation, it offers the level of facilities that our championship needs. The layout of Brands Hatch's paddock made the accommodation of the WTCC
hospitalities difficult, and we will find more suitable facilities at Donington
Securing the WTCC's annual visit to the UK is a major boost to Donington
Park, as it attempts to recover from a disastrous bid to wrest F1 from Silverstone. After doubts whether the circuit would even survive as a motorsport venue, extensive work to restore it towards its former glory has already seen British championships return, but the WTCC
marks another step on the recovery.
asked us to consider hosting the British round of the WTCC
because the size of our paddocks and the excellent infrastructure we have at Donington
fitted the bill for their ever-increasing operations," current owner Kevin Wheatcroft confirmed, "Getting the British round of WTCC
is a real coup, both for the track and the local area. It is a huge event which attracts large crowds and is watched the world over, so we can't wait to bring it to Donington.
will form part of an exciting calendar being lined up for 2011 at Donington, which also welcomes back the British Superbike and Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
“The WTCC, the return of the British Superbikes
and the BTCC
mean that we are already looking at a thrilling year of racing - and there is more to come,” Wheatcroft added.