Donington: fans asked to remain patient
By LJ Hutchins
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Motorsport fans keen to discover whether the Donington Park circuit will be in a position to host racing during 2010 are being asked to remain patient while the search for a new leaseholder is concluded.
The circuit is facing problems including restoration of the track surface and facilities to a usable standard, work that has drawn estimates of between £600,000 and £1.5 million to fix.
Racing fans wondering if it will be open during the forthcoming season have increasingly been asking when the repairs will take place.
In February owner Kevin Wheatcroft told local paper The Derby Telegraph that he was considering a shortlist of five serious potential applicants.
The hope was that a new incumbent could be announced at the Save Donington fan event planned for March 7.
However, negotiations were not concluded by then and the latest intelligence from the Save Donington campaign is that no announcement will be made in the immediate future.
Mr Wheatcroft is said to be keen to dot the Is, cross the Ts and arrive at a sensible and sustainable deal that will preserve the circuit as a racing venue.
* An interview with Motorsport Vision boss Jonathan Palmer, in which he seems to entertain the possibility of taking on the Donington Park lease, has surfaced recently. However it seems, from references he makes to the Wheatcrofts having only just got the circuit back and to F2 champion Andy Soucek being talked about for a F1 drive, to date to January and not to the present day.