DON­ING­TON TAKEOVER

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion (MSV) has reached agree­ment with Kevin Wheatcroft, owner and operator of Don­ing­ton Park, for MSV to take over the Don­ing­ton Park cir­cuit busi­ness and to lease the Don­ing­ton Park Es­tate for an ini­tial 21-year term. MSV, owned by for­mer F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and Sir Peter Og­den, al­ready owns and op­er­ates four UK race cir­cuits – Brands Hatch, Oul­ton Park, Snet­ter­ton and Cad­well Park, plus Bed­ford Au­to­drome. In ad­di­tion MSV ex­panded into Europe in 2015 fol­low­ing the free­hold pur­chase of a for­mer mil­i­tary air­base in France, which is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing into a large mo­tor­sport vil­lage. MSV also holds the pro­mo­tional rights for the MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship and the BRDC Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship. MSV Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Palmer said: “I am thrilled that MSV has now ac­quired the Don­ing­ton cir­cuit busi­ness. Its mod­ern day ex­is­tence is purely down to the vi­sion and en­ergy of tom Wheatcroft, whom I ad­mired enor­mously. Don­ing­ton is a good Bri­tish cir­cuit that de­serves fur­ther in­vest­ment, en­ergy and ex­per­tise in or­der to make it truly out­stand­ing, and MSV will pro­vide this.” Kevin Wheatcroft, Don­ing­ton Park’s owner, said: “I am par­tic­u­larly pleased to have fi­nally done a deal with MSV’S Jonathan Palmer in what is our 40th year since my fa­ther re­opened the cir­cuit in 1977. “Since tak­ing the cir­cuit back un­der my own con­trol in 2009, huge ef­forts have been made to bring Don­ing­ton back to the fore­front of Bri­tish mo­tor­sport, not to men­tion the many mil­lions it’s taken to do so.”

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