Donington Park loses UK superbikes

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by Demon2330, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Demon2330

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    According to the Derby Eveing telegraph (better know as the D.E.T in derby) from Saturday 23.1.10 it has been made clear that donington pk has lost the British superbikes , but however according the news story the track has got intrest from potential new runner's of the circuit

    so it could return in the future?.
     
  2. boiltheocean

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    As of now Donington Park has lost everything because the track is in pieces with nobody laying down the money to develop or at the very least, fix it back up. Events could definitely return but it really needs a strong financial backer to get it back on it's feet.

    It's a real shame as Donington is my closest track, I've been going there since I was little and I absolutely love it every single time.
     
  3. homeforsummer

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    It is a real pity. Especially since I saw quoted somewhere that it'd only take a few million to finish off the plans for the track and get the place back to a useable standard. Hell, if I won the lottery I'd bail out the damn place. Maybe they'd name a corner after me :p

    In fact, someone should set up a Donington Park benevolent fund. Maybe the great British public can bail the place out. I'm sure that if every motorsport fan in the UK stumped up a little cash it'd cover a big chunk of the costs.
     
  4. TheCracker

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    From what i understand from reading about it elsewhere, it's not so much the cost of repairing the damage that's been done, like you said, it wouldn't cost all that much. It's the fact that there's no one out there willing to take on the lease and run it as a venture. Jonathan Palmer and his MotorSportVision company have shown an interest and hopefully they'll take it on to go alongside the other circuits they run (very well). I think like most UK circuits, it's becoming harder and harder for them to turn a profit. The local NIMBY noise-police are stopping circuits operating for fewer and fewer days so the circuits have less chance of making the money they need to keep afloat.
     
  5. addictions

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    i also live close to donny 5 minutes drive infact and spent quite a few track days there to. cant belive its gone into receivership. why alter a perfectly good track. it big enough to race trucks round. i thought the idea of track was to learn it and get round it wilth a quick time. all this trouble just for F1
     
  6. Stotty

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    This is a real shame... Donnigton was an ace circuit, especially for bikes and tin tops.

    I read that the original owners are taking it back and hopefully they'll be able to get it re-opened.
     
  7. Neal

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    I really hope they do get it open again and hosting some good events. My closest track is Oulton Park but I've been to Donington more (see my photos for proof!). It's a fantastic track and the changes being made to accommodate F1 look pretty good and in keeping with the existing flow of the track.

    It's a hell of a lot more interesting than Silverstone so hopefully Palmer will sort it out.