Donington Park has confirmed details of how fans can get full refunds for 2015 British MotoGP tickets now the race will no longer take place at the Leicestershire circuit.
Hundreds of fans had already purchased advance tickets for the August 30 clash after Donington Park was chosen over Silverstone to host this year’s race by Circuit of Wales.
The Circuit of Wales holds the exclusive promotional rights for the British MotoGP round but the ambitious new project hasn’t even started construction due to planning and financial delays.
Donington's partnership with Circuit of Wales has been ended and it is now certain the race will return to Silverstone, just six months after the Northamptonshire track feared losing MotoGP for at least a decade.
The issue is that Circuit of Wales hasn’t the finances in place to fund the required track improvements to bring Donington Park up to MotoGP standard.
In a statement issued this morning, Donington Park said: ‘The situation at 10th February 2015 is very clear. Despite DPRL’s best efforts, the time lost with CoW being unable to complete the funding arrangements has resulted in delays in almost all of the event’s critically important operational plans, from track works to equipment hire. Therefore, in the judgment of the Board of DPRL, this current position could jeopardise the safe and successful running of the 2015 British MotoGP at Donington to such an extent, that both the commercial risks and the lack of time are now too great to allow Donington to proceed. Therefore Donington Park must withdraw from any further participation. Consequently, the 2015 British round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship will not now be held at Donington Park on August 30th 2015.’
Following today’s announcement, Donington Park has moved quickly to reassure fans that they can get full refunds for tickets purchased.
The cancellation of the Donington Park and Circuit of Wales agreement is a PR nightmare for both, with irate fans to taking to social media to voice their anger at the situation.
Several have booked non-refundable accommodation but Donington will fully refund tickets purchased.
An additional communication from Donington said: “If you purchased your tickets through SeeTickets you will automatically receive a full refund within 10 working days. If you have purchased your tickets direct with Donington Park please email firstname.lastname@example.org For hospitality refunds please email email@example.com and you will receive a phone call within 3 working days to arrange your refund.’