Donington could re-open mid-year

Racing may restart at Donington Park by the middle of 2010, says Kevin Wheatcroft, son of late circuit reviver Tom, signalling his desire to see the track restored to life as soon as possible.

The Wheatcroft family took back control of the venue before Christmas when Simon Gillett’s DVLL concern failed. Damage done during the aborted Grand Prix development work will require around £600,000 to repair.

“I can reassure people that we are doing everything we can to get things back to normal,” said Wheatcroft. “I worked with my father for many years and know what it means to everyone to ensure the track is there for the future.”

Several racing organisations were negotiating for the lease as Motor Sport closed for press. Industry speculation suggested that the British Automobile Racing Club was a strong contender.