Multi-million pound improvements underway at Donington Park
A multi-million pound programme of improvements is underway at Donington Park as the circuit’s new owners look to bolster the experience the venue can offer from 2018 and beyond.
Donington was acquired by Jonathan Palmer’s Motorsport Vision (MSV) group, which also owns Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Snetterton as well as being the rights holders to the British Superbike Championship, earlier this year on a multi-year lease.
Among the first phases of changes, toilet blocks in the busiest spectator areas have been demolished and will be replaced with larger, more modern facilities with increased capacity and improved baby changing facilities and disabled access. This news will no doubt be welcomed by fans, with the quality and cleanliness of toilet facilities one of the most frequent complaints about Donington over recent years.
Works will also include the laying of a hard surface on ‘Paddock 3’ (currently gravel) with the addition of water and power coming later in 2018.
One of the biggest changes MSV are looking to make is the introduction of a major new restaurant, bar and café in the heart of the venue, as well as a new circuit office at the paddock entrance.
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A new grandstand will be placed at Hollywood corner, offering views stretching from before Redgate all the way down Craner curves, through Starkeys and Schwantz with tickets already on sale for this stand for Donington’s major 2018 race meetings.
The circuit will be re-branded from blue and white to MSV’s familiar red, black and white colours with the existing paddock entrance becoming the circuit’s main entrance, which will be landscaped and smartened up over the winter.
The main internal roads in that area will be resurfaced to improve both vehicle and pedestrian access between car parks and the venue, while the tunnel ahead of Coppice will also be improved to improve access for campers.
“These are exciting times for MSV and 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.
“MSV prides itself on providing a first-class experience for visitors at all its venues and the works that are underway at Donington Park will ensure this great circuit is brought in line with our other venues across the UK.”