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GP Week : Issue 52
> F1NEWS> Donington on, Hockenheim off? THE prospects of Donington Park being ready to host a Formula 1 race in 2010 came a step closer last week, with the announcement that a Section 106 agreement had been signed by all relevant parties to provide a final rubber stamp to the planning permission for the track’s redevelopment program. The Section 106, signed by circuit owner, Simon Gillett, and landowner, Tom Wheatcroft has allowed construction work to re-commence and the redevelopment is scheduled to begin in August. “It’s great to have cleared another hurdle and to see the hard work of the entire team at the circuit paying off,” said Gillett. “There’s no denying that we still have a lot of hard work ahead but we’ll continue to remain positive and do everything that we can to deliver against the promises that we have been made. The construction work is obviously extremely important, but we’re also trying hard to ensure that it doesn’t compromise the experience that our visitors to forthcoming events have.” But while it was a good news week for Donington, over in Germany things aren’t Ground Breaking: Simon Gillett dishes some dirt at Donington Park. looking quite so bright for Hockenheim. According to the Deutsche Presse Agentur, Hockenheim’s City Council, which is the majority shareholder in the circuit, has refused to underwrite the Grand Prix, which makes an annual loss of over five million Euros. Hockenheim, which shares the hosting of the German Grand Prix with the Nüburgring, is due to hold the race in 2010. Should the local Council refuse to underwrite a loss-making F1 race, however, Hockenheim could become the scene of a breakaway FOTA race. Formula Two: Hegewald shines at Spa TOBIAS Hegewald utterly dominated the third race weekend of the 2009 FIA Formula Two championship at Spa- Francorchamps, taking two pole-to- flag victories. The German took his first win of the season on Saturday, coming through a Safety Car period for a start-line crash involving championship hopeful Robert Wickens, to take an easy win from Andy Soucek and Milos Pavlovic. The top two positions stayed the same in Sunday’s race, with Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Hegewald again managing to contain the advances of Soucek to record his second win of the weekend. This time it was Wickens who completed the podium in third and keep his championship aspirations alive. Soucek’s two second places see him rise to the top of the championship standings, with Wickens second, Julien Jousse third and Hegewald up to fourth just six points off Soucek after his dominant weekend in Belgium. Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 11