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The home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix will have a £4m facelift over the next year and a half.
The Donington Park circuit is now due to start the second phase of its redevelopment to improve the paddock facilities that were originally constructed in the 1970's.
Last year the British Grand Prix attracted a record weekend crowd of nearly 130,000 with 82,000 fans packing the 2.50 mile circuit on race day. To help ease the traffic flow in and out of the circuit, which is situated just off the M1 next to the East Midlands Airport, a £40,000 traffic impact study has also been instigated.
Donington has the contract to stage the British Grand Prix until 2009 and last year re-surfaced the track at a cost of £1m. The second phase of redevelopment will start in October next year with the demolition of the existing pit garages and Race Control building.
Plans for the necessary planning permission will be submitted in the next couple of weeks by Clear Channel Entertainments, the lessees of the circuit, for the construction of 38 pit lane garages, a new Race Control building, new media centre, extension of paddock one and resurfacing and drainage improvements in both paddocks. Work will be completed in time for the British Grand Prix in 2006.
Improvements to spectator facilities will also be implemented before the British Grand Prix next year on June 19
A traffic survey (£40,000???)!!!!!! Oh that's much better then.
I think we all can let them know the state of the f*cking traffic flow!
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Traffic flow, there is no feckin' traffic flow.
That'll be forty grand please....Kerrching!
ooooo.......... I have to be careful here, 'cos the company i work for do these traffic/environmental surveys........
to be honest £40k will tell them how best to improve the correct roads rather throw money at where they THINK the problem is, only for the problem still to be there..... BUT does this mean Clear Channel are going to pay for the road upgrade? Doubt it.... The £40k will tell them that they can't afford the £££millions that they would need to do it correctly (!).
As for the rest of the money...stuff the paddocks and teams... lets have some proper facilities like good loos, good eateries, good stands, screens, space around the track.... better track layout (scrap Melbourne car park)........
But the roads are a nightmare that will take kerching to sort to be honest
I will be going to my first race in 2005 as I only got into motogp when I saw the British one this year on tv. I hope it isnt as bad as you say it is!
And with no bogs, PA or any other facility which can hope to convince the world Donnington should not be sentenced under the human rights charter - who needs it?
The only thing I can compare Donington to is if you've ever been to a 3 day music festival, imagine the place at the end of the third day, and that's what race day is like!
If Dorna are complaining about the standard of pit garages and want new ones, I suggest they send a few guys out into the in-field about 3.30 on race day to take a look. Then they'll see what the money needs to be spent on.
I do find it funny that F1 complain about Silverstone, yet when I've been to WSB there, it's luxury compared to Donington. And Donington considered bidding for F1 a couple of years ago!
For any people that have not been, the best part is just when you think you've got over the worst of it and it's time to go home, anyone does well to get out in an hour and a half!
Having said all that, I'll still probably be stupid enough to go this year, the noise of the bikes goes someway to compensate for the shite venue!
Soapbox moment over!
Donington GP weekend is fucking brilliant, and I love it. Don't be put off by miserable old bastards that think they should be helicoptered in, and want to hang around gold plated toilets all day
Yes, the car park is crap and it does take way too long to get out afterwards, but no-one ever died of sitting in a queue. It's the same every year and people always seem to act surprised about it?
Twas great this year!
But then again since we were working in the paddock most of the time we had clean toilets!
That said, we did venture onto Craner a few times (where we saw the Tornadiacs - we came, we saw, how we chuckled) and I didn't think it seemed bad at all.
Get yourself there this year Burns chick - are you are Burns fan tho? in which case you're not likely to see your boy there I'm afraid!
I agree, bikers today are a bunch of jessies. Looks a bit damp so I think I'll take the car to the gp then complain like f.uck when the queue stretches back to Nottingham. Bollocks.
When I were lad we had to get up in't morning, lick road clean wi' tongue, ride all t'way there wi next to no clothes on, freeze bollocks off watchin t' race cos it were bloody cold back then. Buy fish supper then push bike alt way home cos we'd spent our last thruppence on't chips.
Try telling that to youngsters today and they won't believe you.
They won't believe you? Funny that, eh!
Suppose you had to wear knee-length troosers as well all the time, and I bet when you went to bed there was frost on the inside of your bedroom window...
The only down side to all the people riding to the GP was the idiots who didn't seem able to ride and were wobbling all the way out of the car park onto the roads....ooh I was convinced my little Honda car was going to lose half its paintwork thanks to the wobblers....
Fish and chips? - you were lucky! We use t' ave to make do wit' a bowl of rancid rat fat wash'd down wit' a cup o' sulphuric acid. As for tents - we us'd t' dream of 'avin a tent. We us's t' sleep on't frozen gound cover'd by a single sheet o' newspaper.
You're reet Pantah,the young people tod'y don't know they've been born.
Do you know how you had a paddock pass for Donny? Did you see Tobe in the paddock? Cos I heard he had one too. Although seen as his was personally hand delivered by his close chum Colin Edwards (or so I've heard) maybe he was in a more bettererer part of the paddock than you?
That's your problem Moonie, you're only a low-level journalist and thus have a weak paddock pass. Shame.
(I wonder if MotoGPNews will be issued any?)
Maybe we had peasant passes, because I did not see him in the Paddock...infact the only person I knew in the paddock, aside from the PRs and fellow hacks was Burnsy.
How dare you question my pass-getting! I'm a bona fide hack don't you know!
We got ours because of the work we do through the year, the fact we had a local rider, coupled with contacts forged over the years and the fact that Dave Fern who organises them at Doni end is a lovely lovely chap!
I don't know which Internet sites can get them...I know free papers can't get them, andI think websites need to be major sites with lots of sponsorship to qualify....or maybe infamous heros like yourself, naturally!!!
It is actually easier to get them for foreign rounds, as they seem keen to get Brit publications in....so maybe you should organise a nice trip somewhere hot instead!!!
... speaking of which, has anyone seen Neil Hodgsons idea in MCN Sport on how he'd like to see the track changed so the "flow" can be improved?
Basicall, he said he'd get rid of the Malbourne Loop and replace it with a section that carries on from the left-hand part of the Fogarty and then tracks a squareish path back to the exit of the Loop... he'd keep though as a last minute do or die overtaking spot.
This would mean getting rid of the carpark near the loop, which, according to MCN Sport, is practically empty for the majority of the time anyway.
Would it ever happen? Unlikely.
It cannot be as bad as Pheonix festival which was bad.
I cant understand this site I havejust tried to update this and it came up but has gone again.
Mooncat52 your name is Burns are you related to Chris Burns. If you are tell hiim he is great and cute!
What is he doing in 2005 as he isnt in GPs now is he?
that is the MOST LUCID contribution on here.......................................................................................... EVER!
sorry Hope I had thought I had sent it but it said there was a error and it hasnt all gone. I have changed it now.
Have you edited your post again? I could've sworn I looked about ten minutes ago and you were saying you'd been to a music festival and thought Chris Burns was cool?
Or have I just completely hallucinated????
no I said he was great but maybe the webmaster has removed it because I called him cute!
I only found this website yesterday so am getting used to the functions.
we've been here eons, and still have no idea (neither does MCN come to that)
I don't think anyone 'expects' luxury at a race meeting, but I've been going to Donington for 7 years and the only improvements I've seen for the fans (ignore pit improvements and re-surfacing) from the millions of £'s handed over are:
- a car park at the Melbourne loop that broke up the first time the sun came out; and
- a huge mound of earth placed next to the Dunlop bridge.
Just some steady improvement in facilities would be nice.