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Donington Park rules out bidding for British GP F1 rights

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Donington Park has ruled out bidding for the hosting rights for the British Grand Prix should Silverstone stop holding its Formula 1 race after 2019.

The chairman of the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) informed its members last week that it was considering activating a clause in its F1 contract to stop hosting the race due to “ruinous” costs.

The news has led to concerns that the British Grand Prix may not feature on the F1 calendar beyond 2019, with a decision due to be made by Silverstone before the 2017 event in July.

Possible alternatives have been suggested, including Donington Park, which previously won the rights to host F1 from 2010 before financial problems forced the project to be shelved.

Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the track said: “The board has consistently made it clear that we have no intention of bidding for the British Grand Prix.”

The report from The Guardian also noted that Rockingham, which hosted CART races in 2001 and 2002 but has since become a national level circuit, had “no intention” of bidding for the British Grand Prix, while Brands Hatch declined to comment.

Donington Park has hosted F1 once before, going down in history for being the site of Ayrton Senna’s finest hour when he dominated in torrential rain to win the 1993 European Grand Prix (pictured).

Brands Hatch previously shared hosting rights for the British Grand Prix with Silverstone, last welcoming F1 back in 1986 before focusing on its national and European-level events.

In related news, Brands Hatch owner MotorSport Vision announced on Thursday that it had acquired the lease for Donington Park on a 21-year deal.

“I am thrilled that MSV has now acquired the Donington circuit business,” MSV owner and ex-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer said.

“Donington is a good British circuit that deserves further investment, energy and expertise in order to make it truly outstanding, and MSV will provide this.

“We plan a great new era for Donington, with some exciting new events and much enhanced quality of experience for all of its customers, whether spectators, competitors and track day participants, together with even better value.”

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”