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Wheatcroft's son vows to revive Donington

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kevin Wheatcroft is determined to revive his father's circuit © Sutton Images
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The son of the late Tom Wheatcroft has vowed to get the Donington circuit back to working order.

The venue became unusable when works to prepare it for the 2010 British Grand Prix were halted because the leaseholder and promoter Simon Gillett's company failed to secure sufficient funding.

Gillett's firm has now collapsed, and since the death of circuit owner Wheatcroft at the end of October 2009, his son Kevin has taken control of the venue.

"I can reassure people we are doing everything we can to get things back to normal at Donington Park," he told the Derby Telegraph.

He explained that some parts of the circuit have already been reopened, including the museum, cafe and race control office. He estimated that the cost to restore the circuit to full working order could be as high as £600,000 (US$960,000).

"We want to get the place operational again," he added. "Hopefully we can get up and running again as soon as possible. It's too big a job for us and we want to identify someone who can take it forward. There is no shortage of people interested and we have found 12 potential buyers for the lease in just 12 days."