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British GP to go ahead.

Donington Park has released a statement insisting that its three major motorcycle events will go ahead as planned, despite Thursday's announcement that circuit boss Simon Gillett is being sued by owner Tom Wheatcroft over 'unpaid rent'.

“Donington Park staff have confirmed that, for the foreseeable future, it is a case of "business as usual" as they re-commence their full programme of race meetings in mid-May,” claimed the statement.

“The Grand Prix Master event, with its array of F1 cars and high powered sportcars, remains on schedule to go-ahead over 9/10 May and the following weekend, the HiQ British Touring Car Championship is set to power into the circuit.

“Completing a hectic month, the third round of the ViSK British Superbike Championship is planned to be hosted over Spring Bank Holiday, 23/24/25 May.

"The two feature events of the calendar, bringing world championship racing to the Park with World Superbikes and MotoGP, will go ahead as scheduled.

“The British, and only round of the World Superbike series in the UK, will be held on 26/27/28 June with Noriyuki Haga and 'rookie' Ben Spies continuing their duel for supremacy.

“And the following month, 24/25/26 July, the sport's elite riders, led by eight times World Champion Valentino Rossi and including local hero James Toseland, will be in action in the British Motorcycle Grand Prix.

“Race fans and competitors are assured that the scheduled programme of car, motorcycle and truck racing also continues as planned.”

Wheatcroft & Son Limited awarded Gillett's company Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd a 150-year lease of the circuit in January, 2007.

Donington's event schedule has already been disrupted by building work to accommodate Formula One from 2010.


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Bullseye - Unregistered

April 25, 2009 7:36 AM

By business as usual does that mean not paying the rent, misleading the public and operating a track that doesn't have a race track official licence. Surely such a statement would normally come from the top or perhaps Simon Gilletts head is so buried in the sand it's got stuck. British Motorsport deserves better. Drivers, teams, sponsors and fans have been thoroughly messed about for months now. Noone should believe anything coming out of Donington.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 25, 2009 11:25 AM

I wouldn't believe any statement issued by the circuit at the moment....they're not going to admit they're up to their neck in s**t are they, as that will only accelerate the collapse. Wonder if the Download Festival is in jeopardy also? I certainly wouldn't buy an advance ticket for anything at the venue until this episode has played out.



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