Donington Park is undertaking a major upgrade plan this winter including a new restaurant, circuit office, grandstands and rebranding having been acquired by the MotorSport Vision Group (MSV) this year.

In August it was confirmed MSV were given the green light to takeover the Leicestershire circuit by the Competition and Markets Authority having initially reached an agreement in January this year. MSV, which also runs Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Bedford Autodrome, have secured a 21-year lease of the Donington Park estate and had key plans in place to upgrade the circuit after this season's racing calendar wrapped up to prepare for 2018.

The major changes include making the paddock entrance into the circuit’s main entrance with current pedestrian and vehicle roads resurface, work that had commenced earlier this year, while a brand new grandstand is being constructed on the outside of Hollywood corner to provide views from Redgate all the way to Schwantz Curve which will boost circuit capacity.

A new circuit office next to the Formula E office buildings is being built plus a new restaurant and bar for spectators on the Donington Park grounds along with a complete rebranding to come into line with MSV’s colours – switching from blue and white to red and white.

“We look forward to launching Donington Park's 2018 season with vastly-improved facilities for all our customers, whether they are spectators, competitors or track day participants,” Giles Butterfield, Group Operations Manager at MSV, told WorldSBK.com. “The works that are already underway at Donington Park will ensure this great circuit is brought in line with our other venues across the UK.”

Donington Park will host a number of major championships in 2018 including World Superbikes, British Superbikes and the British Touring Car Championship. The circuit was also in the running for MotoGP but missed out on a deal to Silverstone.

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Is this Jonathan's xmas present to poor old Jolyon, to make up for his disappointment?

Put the f-ing bridge back!!

A good start but will the grandstand be covered or will it be just a scaffolding lash up?  Decent toilet facilities?  More than one grandstand? Decent PA system?  Any improvement is welcome but I hope that they take the chance to improve it properly perhaps some hard standing areas for those not in the grandstands too.  Whatever keep up the good work!

From Goddards to Foggy Esses, it's a fabulous track and great for bikes. Pump all the money into a serious upgrade of spectator facilities, put the f-ing bridge back and bring back MotoGP.

You have to give Motor Sport Vision a chance to upgrade Donington Park. It may take 2 to 3 Years. It needs a serious spectator upgrade. Motogp will not be coming back to  Donington until at least 2021 at the earliest. Silverstone has signed a new Motogp deal for 3 yrs running from 2018 until 2020.  

@Theomen

Ref your comment regards Silverstone signing a new MotoGP deal, does this mean the "official" CofW deal is now dead?  I thought Dorna were tied into a 5 year deal, even though the circuit has been unable to host any of the meetings due to being imaginary.

Ref to NAVELGAZER comment of 8 Jan 2018. Dorna gave CofW the Motogp contract back in 2014 for 5 Yrs (to start in 2015 until 2019. knowing the circuit still had to be built. But by August 2017 they know it was never going to be built and lost the rights to host the race and had to go back to silverstone and negotiate a new deal. Donington was also in the running but silverstone was given the contract instead. The CofW contract should havw run from 2015 until 2019. They put a planning application for the CofW back in 2011 but because they never got permission to even start building a racing circuit it will never happen.  

@Theomen

Thanks for the update, I was aware of some of the details, just didn't know the new deal had taken place.

Ref to NAVELGAZER comment of 8 Jan 2018. Dorna gave CofW the Motogp contract back in 2014 for 5 Yrs (to start in 2015 until 2019. knowing the circuit still had to be built. But by August 2017 they know it was never going to be built and lost the rights to host the race and had to go back to silverstone and negotiate a new deal. Donington was also in the running but silverstone was given the contract instead. The CofW contract should havw run from 2015 until 2019. They put a planning application for the CofW back in 2011 but because they never got permission to even start building a racing circuit it will never happen.  

I agree with Cadweller that most of the circuit is good. It's just the stop-start nature of the Melbourne loop which spoils it, plus the step in the tarmac at Goddards. My dream would be to see an Assen-like curving straight from Coppice down to a double left just prior to Redgate. This would lead back up the existing loop towards Foggies, which would be remodled as a banked hairpin similar to the Shell Oils one at Oulton. Melbourne would become a normal 90 degree right hander rejoining at what-was Redgate. The only problem I can see is the lack of run-off area at the end of the Start/Finish straight. Depends how much room there is there?

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