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Ecclestone: It's over for Donington

F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone confirms that Donington's hopes of staging the British GP are over
Any chance Donington Park had of hosting the British Grand Prix from next season appears to now be at an end after F1 commerical rights holder Bernie Ecclestone insisted 'there's no Donington' when quizzed about the ongoing saga of the event.

Donington has been fighting an uphill battle to try and host the race for some time due to funding issues, with a debenture scheme and then a last-ditch to secure the necessary money both falling flat.

Having found itself in breach of contract with Formula One Management, Donington faced a deadline of earlier this week to show that it had the money to push ahead with the plans.

Despite reports suggesting that circuit boss Simon Gillett had paid Ecclestone the £12 million needed to keep the dream alive, the F1 supremo told reporters in the paddock on his arrival in Abu Dhabi for the season finale that any hope the venue had of hosting the race had now gone.

"There's no Donington," he said. "They've missed the deadline which we keep extending for them. It's unfortunate for them and it was the credit crunch that caused them to be in trouble because their intentions were good, that's for sure.

"It's bad for [circuit owner] Tom Wheatcroft because he's been an old friend for a long time."

Talks will now continue with Silverstone to see if a deal can be done to take the race back to the venue which looked to have hosted its final Grand Prix earlier this year, with Ecclestone revealing that there wasn't a huge difference of opinion between himself and the BRDC in the negotiations.

"There isn't actually," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, no problems. We're talking. A deal can be done if they want to."

The loss of the British GP will be a further blow to Gillett's Donington Ventures Leisure Limited company, which has faced increasing pressure in recent months as its plans to welcome F1 slowly began to crumble.

Already this year, the circuit was forced to cancel a number of events after work to install a new tunnel to the infield led to the venue being refused a safety licence.

Although remedial work allowed action to resume, further issues with the tunnel later in the year caused a day of club level racing to be canned due to dangerous conditions on track.





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contractor one - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 11:48 PM

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE LOCAL COMPANYS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PAID ? EG, CARL THE MOWER, AJ PRINCE, JB TOOL HIRE, MAINLINE, PNR, McKENZIE ARNOLD, COUNTY DRAINS, RED HERRING FENCING SUPPLYS ,GEM, ESTATE CLEANERS, TO NAME BUT A FEW, CHEERS GILLETE ? HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS IN BARBADOS.THE ONE MAN BANDS.

Realfan 10 - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 8:05 PM

Richard the reports stated that the 12million had been paid to Bernie.. do you think that tightwad plans to pay the contractors. No he took the cash and THEN released a statement that Donington was out of time.. he's a worse thief than the great train robbers ever were.. actually its a shame the Krays are not still around. they would have probably dealt with the crook themselves.



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