MN SAYS... Good news for Don­ing­ton

New op­er­a­tors at the East Mid­lands venue will be a suc­cess

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The re­birth of Don­ing­ton Park since the ter­ri­ble time it suf­fered after Si­mon Gil­lett’s doomed at­tempt to bid for the British Grand Prix some seven years ago has been steady.

Landowner Kevin Wheatcroft took back charge of the his­toric venue, and his team set about the pain­stak­ing process of un­do­ing all the harm that had been done to the cir­cuit. There was a hell of a lot of work to do.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of Christo­pher Tate, the track has been inching back to­wards its for­mer glo­ries, although there is still a way to go to com­plete the process.

Now Jonathan Palmer has agreed a 21-year lease to op­er­ate the cir­cuit, there will be bright times ahead. Palmer has a proven record with the four venues that he al­ready op­er­ates – Brands Hatch, Cad­well Park, Oul­ton Park and Snet­ter­ton. He has had a long-held in­ter­est in op­er­at­ing Don­ing­ton and looked at it closely when Gil­lett dis­ap­peared. Now, the time is right for him to take con­trol of the track.

Be pre­pared for another rosy chap­ter in the cir­cuit’s long his­tory – and thank good­ness for that. Matt James, Edi­tor

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