Donington Park revamp to go ahead

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Donington Park has been granted planning permission for a multi million pound development that promises to turn it into Britain’s flagship racing circuit.

After months of speculation regarding the new project that will see sweeping changes to the Leictershire circuit, the local District Council gave the project the green light to proceed in a meeting on Thursday night.

The circuit layout and faculties are set to change drastically with a 200mph straight along with all new paddock and grandstand facilities.

The acceptance of the ambitious plans will enable the venue to host the 2010 British Formula One Grand Prix whilst continuing to host British Superbike, World Superbike and MotoGP races in 2009 on the existing track.

Donington’s Chief Executive Simon Gillett said: “This is a major step forward and one more target delivered.

"I remain committed to approaching every stage of this development with the same passion and vigour with which we attacked the planning stage and I have endeavoured to ensure that the same is true of the people who will work with me on this project.

“My eye is always on that fixed end date of July 2010. I remain confident and positive that we can and will achieve everything that we have promised and I won’t rest until I am watching the British Grand Prix at Donington Park next year.”

For full details on the Donington project and the work that has already been done see MCN out on Wednesday 14th January

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider