Sports Listings: Plan Ahead

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WAYNE RAINEY, the world motorcycling champion, won his first 500cc championship race at the British Grand Prix at Donington in 1988 and five years on, at this year's race on 1 August, the competition will be all the keener.

Going into this weekend's Dutch Grand Prix and with two further races at Barcelona and San Marino before Donington, the American is second to the overall leader and rival, Kevin Schwantz. Schwantz, from Texas, has never won the world championship and has a better track record at Donington with three wins.

British interest lies with the ever-present Niall Mackenzie, John Reynolds, the British superbike champion, Sean Emmett and Carl Fogarty, the three-times Formula One champion at 750cc. James Haydon, a 19-year-old from Amersham, has a wild-card entry. Coached by Ron Haslam, he makes his debut at 500cc.

Five races will held on Sunday; apart from the four championship races, 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and sidecar, an international superbike event will be run. Practice and qualifying are held on Friday and Saturday. Racing starts at noon on Sunday.

Advance booking with reductions closes on 22 July and final credit card bookings will be taken on 29 July. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses in the area, and details can be obtained from the booking office. Donington has a caravan and campsite and campers will be entertained with motorcycle video shows, a motocross competition on Friday night and a grass-track event on Saturday night.

British Motorcycle Grand Prix, Donington Park, 30 July to 1 August.

Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 9BR. Booking Office: 0332-850955 or 810048. Credit card bookings: 0602-483456.

Admission: Friday pounds 11 adult; Saturday pounds 13; Sunday: pounds 35 (pounds 30 in advance); three-day trackside ticket: pounds 59 (pounds 50); Saturday/Sunday ticket: pounds 48 (pounds 40); Start/Finish Grandstand transfer: pounds 30. Accompanied children, 15 and under, are free. Campsite and caravans pounds 4 per person.

The circuit is adjacent to the East Midlands airport, three miles from junctions 23A/24 of the M1/M42/A42. Nearest railway stations are Derby and Loughborough on the London-Sheffield line (0332-32051), and Leicester and Nottingham. Bus connections to Castle Donington from all four stations. (0332-292200 or 0602-240000).

Details of forthcoming events with information on tickets and venues should be sent to The Sports Desk, The Independent, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB or faxed to 071-956 1894.