British GP’S future is up in the air
The Circuit of Wales story has experienced more ups and downs, twists and turns than a Blackpool rollercoaster ride.
With news this week that the Welsh Government won’t underwrite any financial shortfall (see page six), it would seem the writing is on the wall for the ambitious project.
The really worrying thing is what it might mean for a British round of Motogp in the near future. While 2017’s race seems safe, what happens in 2018 (and beyond) looks less certain.
Dorna’s deal with the Circuit of Wales started in 2015 when Silverstone made it abundantly clear it would not pay the fee demanded by the series owners.
After trying to move the Brit GP to Donington Park, the COW camp were forced to run the event at Silverstone after Donington bosses pulled out. But can the COW project keep paying Dorna’s fee now? And if Dorna won’t budge on the amount charged, Silverstone may refuse to pick up the deal, and the tab.
It is thought that part of BT Sport’s deal stipulates a British round. But that contract runs out in 2018. Let’s hope Dorna cut a deal that works for all parties soon so that we continue to enjoy an action-packed battle of Britain.