Don­ing­ton joins 2016/17 MN Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship cal­en­dar

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Don­ing­ton Park will join the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship for 2016/17, MN can re­veal.

The cham­pi­onship has re­leased an eight-round cal­en­dar sim­i­lar to the 2015/16 bill, with Don­ing­ton re­plac­ing Croft in the se­ries on March 5 2017.

“I’m pleased to be adding such an iconic cir­cuit to the cal­en­dar,” said cham­pi­onship co-ordinator Dar­ren Spann. “It’s had out­stand­ing feed­back from last year’s events.”

David Baugh of the Duk­eries Mo­tor Club is pleased the Don­ing­ton event will form part of the se­ries.

“We’re de­lighted af­ter one run­ning of this new event that they’ve seen fit to in­clude us in the cham­pi­onship,” he said. “It’s good to have one of our events in a na­tional cham­pi­onship.”

As well as the new cal­en­dar, the cham­pi­onship will con­tinue to be sup­ported by Miche­lin and pro­moter MSVR.

Miche­lin will again put a sig­nif­i­cant prize pack­age on of­fer to en­trants, con­tin­u­ing the Miche­lin Cup which awards one crew per round a free set of tyres from a ran­dom draw of reg­is­tered class win­ners.

Miche­lin mo­tor­sport man­ager for the UK, Tim Hoare, said: “Mo­tor­sport is a great arena to stretch our ca­pa­bil­i­ties and de­velop new tech­nolo­gies. We are proud to con­tinue sup­port­ing this in­no­va­tive cham­pi­onship in 2016/17.”

The Neil Howard Stages will kick start the sea­son at Oul­ton Park for its se­cond year. The Snet­ter­ton round, which closes the cur­rent sea­son this week­end, switches to Fe­bru­ary. Cad­well Park moves to be­come the sea­son fi­nale next term.

Don­ing­ton Park’s rally come­back was pop­u­lar with crews

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