Sil­ver­stone di­rec­tor placed on leave of ab­sence

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Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuits man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­trick Allen has been placed on a leave of ab­sence amid mul­ti­ple ne­go­ti­a­tions to sell the home of the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

The Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club, which owns the track and Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuit Ltd that op­er­ates the cir­cuit busi­ness, has been in ne­go­ti­a­tions to sell a lease on Sil­ver­stone to the Jaguar Land Rover Group for many months.

In April, Ginetta owner Lawrence Tom­lin­son made a sec­ond of­fer just be­fore a mem­bers vote on the JLR deal, with 54 per cent be­ing in favour of the JLR move. An ex­clu­siv­ity deal with JLR, pre­vent­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with any other par­ties, has now ended and MN un­der­stands a num­ber of pos­si­ble deals are now on the ta­ble.

One of those is the Tom­lin­son of­fer and Allen, who is a for­mer com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Tom­lin­son’s LNT Group and was in­tro­duced to the BRDC by Tom­lin­son, has been placed on a leave of ab­sence in view of his close links with the Ginetta boss.

BRDC chair­man John Grant said: “Pa­trick is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence be­cause we are in dis­cus­sion with Lawrence, along­side con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sions with JLR and ex­plor­ing a num­ber of other ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.”

The BRDC board is ex­pected to up­date its mem­bers at its AGM at the end of Septem­ber.

BRDC is in talks to sell up

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