F1 » Donington returns to Wheatcroft family

The Wheatcroft family back in charge of Donington Park after administrators fail to find buyer for 150-year lease agreement

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Matt Weston

December 28, 2009 10:46 AM

Thank God for that.
The Wheatcroft family have more interest and support for British motorsport in their little fingers than that 'consortium' ever did.
I hope this will make Tom very happy, wherever he may be now :)

Sorting out the mess will take time but this is a good start.

Kathy and Gary Christensen - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 10:50 AM

I will be sorry to see this circuit disappear, being from Australia we were in Britain last summer and went to the World superbikes meeting there at the end of June, was very impressed with the actual circuit although the facilities were poor and not what we expected although we knew the venue was in the process of being upgraded, we were surprised by the climb in the track from the old hairpin upto coppice because that doesn't come across on TV and watching the bikes come down Kraner curves was awesome,hope something can be down because with both Brands and Donington going it is a shame.Both are great bike race tracks

no name - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 12:02 PM

Does anyone know what state the track is in? How much work began before it all went belly up?
Ive done a few track days around donington and it really was an awesome track.

KevinD - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 12:14 PM

How on earth can anyone bang on about the Wheatcrofts supporting motor racing?
The critical line in this article is that potential purchasers walked away beacuse of the 'onerous terms of the lease'.
In others words, like all shareholders, they expected a massive return for doing absolutely nothing, requiring others to do all the hard work, have the ideas and creativity, and take all the risk.
The unacceptable face of capitalism.

Smokin' jo. - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 12:31 PM

Kevin,who restored a great track and created the finest motor racing museum in the world? Who has caused this track and museum to close with no certainty of it reopening in the hope of large profits? I think you will find that is the unacceptable face of capitalism!!


December 28, 2009 12:38 PM

watching the demise of this circuit over the last 12 months has been terrble
overr the years i have been to countless MotoGp races, BSB, touring cars, trucks i even watched kevin schwantz racing vic reeves in golf carts for an early day of champions.
I have ridden bikes and driven cars round there also.
It has been the second most important race venue in britain for 20 years and now it has been utterly deestroyed with no plans to fix it. The 'developers' who dug it up in preparation for formula one should be made to put it right again.
other than that how long will it take to get it back to the way it was?
i'll miss the smell of 2 stroke mixed with bugers in the early morning air!!!!

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