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Donington Park track is in a state

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by [TW]Taggart, 11 Mar 2010.

  1. [TW]Taggart

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 1,006


    whos to blame.... Miss management? Bernie? Donington Ventures LTD? Silverstone?

    Personally i think Bernie. It was obvious it wasnt going to happen from the start, but he saw the $ and it went from there
  2. Rotty


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 40,962

    Location: Notts

    it's worse than the A52 :eek:
  3. ShakenNstirred


    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,854

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    mismanagement at Donington Ventures i`d say
    they wanted the F1 GP at any cost and it back fired
    i hate seeing the track like that, i live 7 miles from it and had been going there since the day it reopened in 77
    sad very sad :(
    Last edited: 11 Mar 2010
  4. SKILL


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,949

    Location: Melksham

    Simon Gillet, 'securing' the F1 deal and starting the changes to the track without actually having the money to complete the changes, utterly stupid...

    Is the lease still up for sale, or has someone bought it?

    There were rumours that MSV were gonna get it...
  5. stockhausen


    Joined: 30 Jul 2006

    Posts: 11,939

    I can't believe that Simon Gillett has even managed to screw up the YouTube clip :rolleyes:

    ps - who is Miss Management? Pictures would help clarify the matter :p
  6. Firestar_3x


    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,524

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    What a state, glad i had chance to go round it.
  7. GravyMonster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,446

    Location: The land of milk & beans

    :( An absolute tragedy. Completely managements fault.

    Yes Ecclestone probably stoked the fire suggesting the F1 would bring in millions in revenue for them, but the fault lies with the management starting work using non-existent funds which were solely relied on selling massively overpriced tickets to VIP grandstands which hadn't even got planning permission.

    I only hope to God MSV buys the circuit and restores it, although I fear that at present they dont have the funds or the backing to do it.

    Although I've just checked and the circuit is listed as hosting a round of the BTCC in September so maybe they know something.

    *edit #2*
    That is easily the most common sense I've ever heard in a Youtube comment.
    Last edited: 11 Mar 2010
  8. Spie


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,055

    Very sad indeed. Such a great circuit.
  9. PinkFloyd


    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

    Posts: 14,320

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    I'd buy some!
  10. Skeeter


    Joined: 8 Mar 2007

    Posts: 37,148

    Location: Surrey

    You gonna buy it Spie?

    "Welcome to the OcUK Donnington Raceway"

    Free trackdays for loyal forum members.

  11. lukechad


    Joined: 25 May 2004

    Posts: 8,925

    Location: Burton-On-Trent

    This is the beginning of the end for Donnington as we all know it.

    I went to the MotoGP there last year and have visited it on several occasions as its so close to myself. A shame that its lost all its major sporting events for the coming summer!
  12. Wicksta


    Joined: 14 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,445

    Location: Burnham, Bucks

    I blame everyone involved. It was obvious to everyone I know involved in motorsports that the F1 race would never happen there (I posted to that note here to some ridicule at the time). Why did they let it happen?

    A real pity to lose such a great track, it is hard to see a recovery from here and the longer any recovery takes the harder it will be.
  13. gord


    Joined: 18 Oct 2003

    Posts: 19,344

    Location: Midlands

    Greed did this.

    Greed on Bernie's part, although he actually didn't get anything he wanted.
    Greed on Donington's part, and the stupidity to not realise what Bernie's end game was.
  14. Dave M


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,537

    If only :)
  15. peterattheboro


    Joined: 24 Sep 2005

    Posts: 20,036

    Location: Middlesbrough

    Such a sad state. The track was very good though and it's in a good location in the centre of the country so I have high hopes of someone bringing it back to it's full glory.
  16. mctiny


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,070

    Location: cidade maravilhosa

    Very sad indeed, but I cant' help think that it wasn't that great a circuit to be honest, I went there to watch WSB when Foggy, Aaron Slight and Colin Edwards were fighting all over the track and don't get me wrong seeing WSB there was fantastic and a shame that the circiut is now dead. I just hope the same thing doesn't happen to any other circuit out there especially Brands Hatch.
  17. jaybee


    Joined: 10 Jul 2008

    Posts: 5,376

    Shocking stuff. So where is the UK MotoGP to be held?
  18. kidloco


    Joined: 3 Nov 2003

    Posts: 4,935

    Location: Lancashire

    That is shocking, didnt realise it was so bad. Glad I got to go round it 4/5 years, was epic pulling a wheelie under the dunlop bridge.

    Amazing track, what a waste
  19. deko

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 May 2006

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    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    Silverstone on the new infield course bit.
  20. Spie


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,055

    On track it's a great circuit. Blasting down Craner Curves in the Radical is something I'll never forget.