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It has fi­nally been an­nounced that the CMA, or Competition and Mar­kets Author­ity, have cleared the re­quest of Motorsport Vi­sion to take over Donington Park af­ter buy­ing the lease for a 21-year term. So what does this mean for us lot? Well, it’s bloody good news. If you’ve ever been to the other MSV cir­cuits – Brands Hatch, Cad­well Park, Snet­ter­ton, Oul­ton Park or Bed­ford Au­to­drome – you’ll know how well equipped and main­tained the venues are. This es­sen­tially spells an in­jec­tion of cash (and love) into the leg­endary track, which is jewel in the crown of Bri­tain’s best race tracks. Ex­actly what MSV in­tends to do with the cir­cuit is still un­known, but you can rest as­sured they’ll be go­ing all out to lure Mo­toGP back to the iconic cir­cuit, and pos­si­bly For­mula 1, too. What we do know is that MSV’s chief ex­ec­u­tive have promised that “Donington’s cus­tomers and end users will ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from MSV’s much greater in­vest­ment in all aspects of the venue”. And who are we to doubt them considering their ex­em­plary form at their other more re­cent takeovers, where it’s not just phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance and the track’s sur­faces that have ben­e­fited, but key fac­tors such as run-off have mas­sively im­proved. With this kind of treat­ment in mind, surely Donington’s set to get even bet­ter.

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