War­wick says the bat­tle to save Wim­ble­don is vi­tal for the sport

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For­mer F1 driver Derek War­wick has lent his sup­port to the cam­paign to save Wim­ble­don short oval from de­mo­li­tion.

Plan­ners have granted per­mis­sion for an 11,000 all-seater sta­dium on the site where the stock cars run. A group of short oval sup­port­ers has launched a cam­paign to save the venue.

War­wick, who won the stock car world cham­pi­onship at the track in 1973, said he was be­hind the mis­sion.

War­wick, who is pres­i­dent of the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club, said: “I un­der­stand the pres­sures on real es­tate de­vel­op­ers, but Wim­ble­don is a vi­tal part of mo­tor rac­ing his­tory. We should be able to pro­tect it or at least make our voices heard be­cause there is now no other venue like this in the UK.

“We used to have some great tracks in the city. It is im­por­tant that they are there so there is an aware­ness among the pub­lic. This could be the last cir­cuit of this type in the coun­try.”

To sign up, go to change.org/ p/save-wim­ble­don-sta­di­um­from-de­mo­li­tion-save-oval­rac­ing-in-lon­don.

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