F1 » Donington aiming for 'operational' as lease attracts interest.

Kevin Wheatcroft has revealed that he hopes to return Donington Park to a state fit for racing, whilst aiming to sell on the lease for the venue.

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Kelvin Cox

January 06, 2010 1:48 PM

Thank you Kevin for letting everyone know the good news that the circuit will be useable again in the near future, I for one love doing trackdays there and look forward to doing more,

The Only thing they need to spend some money on as well as getting the track surface repaired is to replace all the toilet blocks with a larger design and maybe build a couple on the infield. Its what spectators have been asking for over the last eight years and the only thing that lets the circuit down for the paying visitors compared to the others.

Fingers crossed i'll be visiting Donington this summer. :)

Darren - Unregistered

January 06, 2010 2:29 PM

At last some good new for donington, hopefully it can work on getting Moto GP and eventually F1 to the curcuit in the future.

The track only needs some investment over time to get it to F1 standards anyway.

But the toilets do need some work as soon as possible as they badly let the track down.


January 06, 2010 2:49 PM

darren, whilst it may be a laudable aspiration to have f1 to donington, i think that it is now a totally lost cause. silverstone now has the 17 year contract, so what would be the point in working to such a far off point?

but i am glad that the wheatcroft family are endeavouring to ensure that the track remains open

Karen Powell

January 06, 2010 3:06 PM

Donington needs a lot more than a few quid spent on some toilet blocks. All the facilities at Donington need money spending on them. The access route and travel organisation on race days need to be definately looked at. Hardstanding for bikes is attrocious, some gravelly mound of crap to park on, with some bikes falling over because the surface isn't compacted. Not enough toilet and food outlets on race days and to be honest apart from the layout of the track itself, spectator viewing is hardly close to the track. Give me any other british track anyday, I definately won't be going to Donington again after being ripped off year after year.

916 - Unregistered

January 06, 2010 3:24 PM

My Dad went to watch the Silver Arrows race there between the Wars, I was there when Kevin Schwantz did that save at the Transatlantics, have raced there myself on two and four wheels and was there for the last Moto G.P. Shortly after that I walked the track the evening before a club motorcycle race, the place has a soul and an atmosphere, hope it does not die. So it needs a lick of paint, but that ribbon of tarmac from Redgate to Coppice is one of the best in the world.

mart - Unregistered

January 06, 2010 3:25 PM

This circuit is awesome for both 4 and 2 wheels but 1 of the best for 2. I hope they get bsb and wsb back as soon as posible and ron haslem race school stays there, as for f1 no thanks its a racing circuit.

Donno - Unregistered

January 06, 2010 5:29 PM

Come on Mr Palmer, we'd love you to take over our local circuit, maybe then the toilets would be as good as they are at the rest of your tracks. Gillett should be ashamed of himself, Donington was always a bike circuit and they should never have messed with it - let's hope we get the boys back racing before too long!


January 06, 2010 6:23 PM

donno, "donington was always a bike track". correction, donington was first and foremost a CAR track.changes have been made to it to allow bike racing as well. the only thing it is not, is a f1 track!

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

January 06, 2010 7:09 PM

Fantastic news ! Thanks Kevin Wheatcroft for letting us know what's happening. Also great to hear that the museum and circuit office have re-opened, another very positive sign.

I love visitng Donington, and have many good memories of watching racing & rallying there over the last 25 years.

I hope the organising clubs support Donington now, and bring their events back there. I attended the European Grand Prix there in 1993, and it would be great if they could host another 'European Grand Prix' there at some point, but let them get the circuit viable again first.

Finally, good riddance to Gillett !

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