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Gillett: Donington Park can still host 2010 British GP

His company Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd (DVLL) might be in administration and rival circuit Silverstone might insist that it is closer than ever to agreeing terms with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, but Simon Gillett insists Donington Park could yet host the 2010 British Grand Prix
Donington Park could yet host the 2010 British Grand Prix, urges Simon Gillett – despite the fact that his company Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd (DVLL) recently went into administration and rival venue Silverstone has revealed that a deal is now all-but done.

After failing to raise the necessary £135 million funding required to bring Donington and its outdated facilities up to F1 standard, Gillett saw the 17-year contract that Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive Bernie Ecclestone had offered him withdrawn and instead presented to Silverstone, with fears that there might be no British Grand Prix in 2010 at all.

Whilst Ecclestone has imposed a final 9 December deadline on Silverstone's owners the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) to agree terms to stage the blue riband event on the annual UK motorsport calendar, negotiations between the two parties remain ongoing – though the Northants circuit's managing director Richard Phillips has stated that a rapprochement is now closer than ever [see separate story – click here].

Still, however, the beleaguered Gillett seems unwilling to concede defeat in his audacious bid – as he contends that Donington is not out of the running by a long stretch.

“As far as I see it there are two tracks competing,” he told British newspaper The Guardian, “so in my mind that makes it 50-50. As Bernie said last week, if someone comes in now and invests in Donington the chance is still there. The administrators are working hard, and if we had the money we would have the 17-year agreement.

“There are half a dozen people interested at the moment, from different backgrounds, with different ideas and intentions. From a location point-of-view and a fans' point-of-view, everything about Donington makes it a viable circuit.”

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Jason Robinson

November 25, 2009 10:03 AM

He's lost the plot! He couldn't even raise the money needed to get the circuit up to standard, how is he going to do it when the administrators are in. As far as I can see he's ruined a good circuit and lost the MotoGP.......what a great business head he has.

BATMAN - Unregistered

November 25, 2009 10:33 AM

I know this guy. He has made a mess of every business, and left a trail of destruction. He left his family in an equal mess, it's his nature. People like this should not be playing with a national event,or peoples lives. If he had the money, made the changes, got the consents, built the facility, THEN announced the future of F1 he would be a cult hero. However he wanted to increase land values, instead he walked around Silverstone paddock on there 50th anniversary, bigging up his overinflated ego, destroying Silverstones day, with nothing in his pockets. He still has not learnt that BE is pulling this idiot, so as to pressure Silverstone. BE knows Gillett couldnt complete sudoku.

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