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The firm be­hind the MCE British Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship have bought the lease to run Don­ing­ton Park for at least the next 21 years.

Motorsport Vi­sion, owned by for­mer F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, ac­quired the lease from cir­cuit owner Kevin Wheatcroft to see Don­ing­ton join MSV’S al­ready vast port­fo­lio of UK rac­ing cir­cuits in­clud­ing Brands Hatch, Oul­ton Park, Cad­well Park and Snet­ter­ton.

Palmer has been in­ter­ested in Don­ing­ton since the col­lapse of the cir­cuit’s F1 deal in 2009, but saw now as an ideal time to add the venue to MSV’S line-up.

The move comes in un­cer­tain times for both the British Mo­togp and F1 races, which are cur­rently held at Sil­ver­stone. The Mo­togp race is con­tracted to take place at the yet-to-be-built Cir­cuit of Wales, but with it widely an­tic­i­pated the Welsh project will fail, the British GP could soon be back on the mar­ket and the ac­qui­si­tion of Don­ing­ton gives MSV the op­tion should they wish to bid for the race.

“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,” Palmer said. “We plan a great new era for Don­ing­ton, with some ex­cit­ing new events and much en­hanced qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence for all of its cus­tomers, whether spec­ta­tors, com­peti­tors and track day par­tic­i­pants, to­gether with even bet­ter value.”

‘We plan a new era for Don­ing­ton, with ex­cit­ing new events’ JONATHAN PALMER

A new dawn for Don­ing­ton Park

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