|We’ll be shaping 250,000 tons of material with topsoil and new grass lawns, right across these 24 acres, to make sure they will work well as our new spectator banks.|
New spectator banks will be created overlooking Old Hairpin, Starkey’s Bridge and McLeans. The intention of this development is to improve viewing especially around Coppice and the main Straight. But the view for both the Fogarty Esses and the newly-named Roberts chicane on the National track layout will also be greatly improved.
Phase one, the infield restoration is scheduled for completion by March 2013. This will see the eastern half of the track-side area restored and improved before launching into phase two. It is hoped that throughout the 2013-2014 winter break, all new spectator banks will be completed in anticipation of significant growth in the 2014 racing season programme.
This comes on the back of an extremely successful 2012, when Donington hosted its busiest ever racing schedule, with more than 30 top-flight 30 events being hosted. Bob Adams, Donington Park Circuit Manager, said: ‘We’ll be shaping 250,000 tons of material with topsoil and new grass lawns, right across these 24 acres, to make sure they will work well as our new spectator banks.’