Donington alive and kicking after F1 fiasco

Donington Park will celebrate its return to motorsport with an historic festival that draws on its own heritage.

Leading F1 cars will be a key feature of Donington Revived! to be held over the first weekend of September (3-5) as well as demonstrations of cars from the circuit's own Collection.
The weekend will mark the reopening of the circuit after more than a year's gap following reconstruction after the failed attempt by its previous owners to bring the British Grand Prix to the Derbyshire venue. Completion of the buidling works is expected to be completed in time for a test day in August.

The focus of Donington Revived! will be races for the Masters Historic categories such as Grand Prix Masters, World Sportscar Masters and Sports Racing Masters, with a sportscar race scheduled for Saturday evening.

The festival should bring an end to an inglorious chapter of Donington's history when Simon Gillett's Donington Ventures Leisure Limited was awared the licence to run the British Grand Prix by Bernie Ecclestone. The affair effectively ruined Gillett's company and nearly ruined an historic British race circuit as well as threatening the future of the British Grand Prix.

Without the offer of help from Silverstone - the circuit originally rejected by Ecclestone - British F1 fans faced the prospect of not seeing their home race and the chance to lend their support to the reigning British World Champion Jenson Button, his British team-mate and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton and their British team, McLaren, who currently lead the championships.

Hopefully, lessons will have been learnt by all concerned, not least the F1 supremo whose decision to hand over one of the country's sporting crown jewels to an organisation with little experience in staging such world class events, did not endear him to the thousands of F1 fans who will flock to their traditional motor racing home next month.
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