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Donington Park plans given the go-ahead 09 Jan 2009

Ayrton Senna cuts through the field in the difficult conditions, he overtook both Williams team mates by the end of the first lap. European Grand Prix, Donington, 11 April 1993. World © Sutton Simon Gillett (GBR) CEO Donington Park.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 14 September 2008

Donington Park has been given the green light to proceed with planned circuit developments, which will enable the venue to host the 2010 British Grand Prix. Local authority, the North West Leicestershire District Council, granted planning permission for the first stage of improvements on Thursday evening.

The permission was a significant milestone for Donington Park’s Chief Executive Simon Gillett, who has spent six years researching and planning the project. Construction planning and design, which began six months ago, is now complete and a contractor has been appointed. Gillett, who holds a 150-year lease on the circuit, emerged from the hearing promising that ‘Donington will deliver’.

“We will definitely be celebrating tonight,” Gillett exclaimed. “This is a major step forward and one more target delivered. I remain committed to approaching every stage of this development with the same passion and vigour with which we attacked the planning stage and I have endeavoured to ensure that the same is true of the people who will work with me on this project.

“My eye is always on that fixed end date of July 2010. I remain confident and positive that we can and will achieve everything that we have promised and I won’t rest until I am watching the British Grand Prix at Donington Park next year.”

Gillett’s excitement at the news was mirrored by Donington Park landowner Tom Wheatcroft: "I'm delighted to see that the plans have been accepted - there is a lot of work ahead now for everyone and I am looking forward enthusiastically to 2010 and the arrival of the British F1 Grand Prix."

The 2010 race will mark the first time the British Grand Prix has left its current home of Silverstone since the 1986 event at Brands Hatch.