Donington Park's round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship is set to go ahead as planned next month, with the circuit stating it was 'business as usual' despite its ongoing issues.

The BTCC round, the third of the year, has been in doubt after the circuit was refused a track licence due to concerns over safety around the McLeans and Coppice section of the circuit - where a new access tunnel has reduced the run off on both sides of the track.

Donington has also run into more problems this week with the announcement that owner Tom Wheatcroft has started legal proceedings against circuit boss Simon Gillett for unpaid rent totally nearly ?2.5 million.

In a statement issued by the circuit, Donington insisted that it was still working as normal as it prepares to recommence its racing programme next month.

The licence issues have already seen a number of events either cancelled or postponed, including the second round of the British F3 and GT Championships, which have moved to a date later in the year.

"For the foreseeable future, it is a case of 'business as usual' as Donington re-commence their full programme of race meetings in mid-May," the statement read.

"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.

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



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