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Donnington Park Grand Prix in doubt

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*** Nick’s Formula 1 round up ***

Well people we have good news and bad news this week.  Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

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The Donnington Park Grand Prix is now in severe doubt.  Donnington Park’s owners, Wheatcroft and Son Limited, have taken legal action against Donnington Ventures Leisure over £2.5 million in unpaid rent.

This figure apparently dates back to September last, and is due to several factors.  The main factor being that several events has been cancelled due to construction work being done.  This work is vital as Donnington prepares to host the British Grand Prix from 2010.

Donnington Ventures Leisure has a 150 year lease to manage the track.  But legal action may lead to a very early termination.

Bernie predicted legal action as far back as 2008

Bernie predicted legal action as far back as 2008

This action has prompted a spate of views.  Bernie Eccleston says that if the race cannot be held at Donnington then the British Grand Prix will disappear off the calender.  Apparently this revelation comes as no surprise to him.  Bernie is a man always with his ear to the ground.

Damon Hill wishes to retain the Grand Prix at Silverstone

Damon Hill wishes to retain the Grand Prix at Silverstone

Damon Hill, on the other hand, feels that the British Grand Prix should still be held at Silverstone.  Damon Hill is the president of the British Racing Drivers Club.

As it stands nobody is sure what will happen now but it all rests on the outcome of the legal action held by Wheatfield and Son.

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

April 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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