Cau­tion could be a good ap­proach

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - Kevin Turner

It’s easy to share Lawrence Tomlinson’s con­cerns about a cor­po­ra­tion want­ing to get con­trol of Sil­ver­stone.

You would have thought the Jaguar Land Rover group would be a good fit for the home of the British Grand Prix, but its motorsport heritage was ap­par­ently rather ab­sent from its pre­sen­ta­tion to BRDC mem­bers last week. That makes one won­der how many motorsport peo­ple are left in the Tata Mo­tors-owned or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On the other hand, a cash in­jec­tion for the BRDC would be most wel­come. The club has done a great job in keep­ing Sil­ver­stone – and the British GP – alive in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances in re­cent years and it is about time it got some help in the form of proper fi­nan­cial clout.

Ul­ti­mately, whether the deal is a good one or not may come down to the de­tails – which we are not yet privy to. Most no­tably, how many rac­ing and test days will be safe­guarded, and how will the fi­nan­cial strain of host­ing the British GP be borne.

With the Cir­cuit of Wales ini­tia­tive look­ing in­creas­ingly trou­bled ( see page 8), the British GP can only be held at Sil­ver­stone. What­ever hap­pens, that must be pro­tected.

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