Donington unveils £100m revamp plans- 10 Jul 2008 08:17:00
Donington Park has unveiled the plans for the revamp of the motor racing circuit which led to it winning the British F1 Grand Prix from Silverstone.
The Leicestershire circuit is planning to build a new pit complex ahead of the British Grand Prix at the circuit from 2010.
Work will begin in the autumn and the new facility will feature a race control centre and a media centre.
The track will also be lengthened to three miles but the £3m pit and paddock, built three years ago, will remain largely intact.
The lengthened track will include ‘a spectacular sweeping curve’ with a computer-simulated lap of 77 seconds that would allow cars and bikes to travel at speeds of up to 200 mph.
The construction work will start at the end of the racing season with Donington Park chief executive Simon Gillett stating that about £100m would be spent on overall improvements at the circuit.
Donington Park has hosted the British Motorcycle Grand Prix since 1987 and will take over the British Grand Prix from Silverstone in 2010.
The track last hosted a Grand Prix race in 1993 when Brazilian Ayrton Senna won the race.