Donington Park is set to take a step forward in its preparations for the 2010 British Grand Prix with a planning application for its redevelopment set to be lodged 'within weeks'.

Sources close to the event promoters have revealed to Britain's Guardian newspaper that the application will be handed to North West Leicestershire Council in the near future as the circuit starts the work required to host the event.

Amongst the plans will be a redevelopment of the famous circuit itself to bring it up to the length required to host a Formula One race, with a new loop set to be added to the track at the end of the current lap, with the revised layout to be designed by renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

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A new pit complex will also need to be built for the Formula One teams, with the current paddock being used for the support races, while a series of hotels could also feature as part of the ?100 million redevelopment.

The lodging of planning application will disappoint those people who felt that the event could remain at Silverstone beyond the end of its current contract next year, with only two years to get Donington Park up to standard in time for the 2010 race.

However, BDRC president Damon Hill admitted that Silverstone was very much preparing for life without the British Grand Prix.

"As far as we are concerned the British Grand Prix is moving to Donington in 2010," he said. "What we now have to do is knuckle down and work to ensure that Silverstone remains a centre of excellence for British motor sport."