Mallory Park is to undergo a half a million pound overhaul this month as it looks to attract higher profile events in 2011 and 2012.

The Leicestershire circuit was controversially left off the British Superbike calendar for 2011, but officials are pressing ahead with plans to resurface the track and also update the paddock area.

As well as the resurfacing, which is expected to reduce lap times, Gerard's corner will see its run-off area increased, though the layout itself won't change.

Additionally, the Stebbe Straight is also under going safety improvements from the exit of Gerard's to the exit of Edwina's. The barrier is being replaced and moved back on the left hand side for over a quarter mile, increasing the run off areas throughout the length of the straight and through the Edwina's section.

These modifications will make the Edwina's section visible from the exit of Gerard's thereby improving rider visibility and safety.

"The circuit will benefit enormously from a new surface and riders, drivers and competitors who attend the track in 2011 will find a new grippy surface to enjoy," said Mallory Park general manager John Ward.

"It is a big investment from BARC to improve the track and paddock area that will increase enjoyment of events for participants while also improving the quality of racing for spectators.

"The safety improvements are simply another step in our programme of creating one of the safest venues to enjoy motor sport in the UK - something borne out by the official BSB statistics for the last number of years when we ranked amongst the safest of all circuits visited."

"Many local Leicestershire contractors and suppliers will benefit from this investment and we are sure the improvements will help the track continue to put on spectacular events and support the local economy and service providers in the coming years."



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