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Go-ahead for superbike championship at Donington

Run-off area at Redgate corner
Image caption The run-off area at the famous Redgate corner has been extended

Donington Park has been given the final go-ahead to host the World Superbike Championship following major improvement work.

Racing has recently returned the East Midlands track after 2009's failed bid to host Formula One, which saw the venue lose its licence.

Run-off areas and drainage have been improved as part of a £1m investment.

The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) inspected and approved the circuit last week.

Donington Park racing's chairman, Kevin Wheatcroft, said: "We're now working round the clock to have facilities ready in time for SBK and fans will see many positive changes, although inevitably because of the earlier delays some planned improvements will not be complete in time.

"I'd like to thank fans in advance for their ongoing patience and support of Donington Park and hope they are able to enjoy the spectator experience of world-class racing on the revamped track."

The championship takes place from 25 to 27 March.

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