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  • Donington Park Will Not Host British GP If Silverstone Drops F1

    Donington Park has "no interest in running the British Grand Prix, even if Silverstone decides to abandon hosting Formula 1," according to Kevin Turner of AUTOSPORT. Silverstone's owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club, is "currently considering whether to activate the break clause in its GP contract," which could make the '19 edition the last at the Northamptonshire venue. Donington held the European Grand Prix in '93 and "made a failed bid to host an F1 world championship round at the end of the last decade." When asked if Donington would "consider trying to host the British GP if Silverstone did pull out," current circuit Managing Dir Christopher Tate said, "Absolutely not. ... We've no interest in hosting modern, high-speed single-seaters because we'd have to completely change Donington Park." Tate also criticized the "basis on which circuits have to run GPs, but believes Liberty Media, which is expected to take a controlling interest in F1 soon, seems willing to change deals to help circuits." Tate: "The business model makes no sense to anyone and all the messing around with the F1 calendar has a terrible impact on the rest of motorsport" (AUTOSPORT, 1/11).

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  • Hong Kong EPrix Organizers Confident New Format Will Boost Interest

    Hong Kong ePrix organizers are "confident of taking this year's event to another level by turning it into a two-race extravaganza over two days, enhancing the atmosphere and boosting spectator interest," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The city is also "expected to kick off" the '17-18 season after making its debut in October. Hong Kong Automobile Association Honorary President Lawrence Yu Kam-kee, widely considered the "Father" of Hong Kong Formula E Racing, said, "There was only one race last year as it was our inaugural event and everything was new to us. As we continue to stage the event for the second consecutive season, we are confident of expanding it to two races in two days which will definitely be more attractive to the fans for more racing and a better atmosphere. There will also be other changes as we are looking for more supporting races in order to provide more entertainment during the two racing days. Even electronic go karting is one of the possibilities." Yu added Hong Kong would "likely launch the fourth season of the world series in late November or early December," although the final schedule has yet to be finalized (SCMP, 1/11).

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  • 2019 Rugby WC Organizers Receive Interest In Hosting Training Camps

    Tournament organizers said that a total of 90 local governments from 37 prefectures have "applied to host official team training camps for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan," according to KYODO. The number of applications filed by the deadline in December came to 76. Organizers added that "candidate sites will be selected this summer" and national teams taking part in the tourney will "inspect them and decide next year which one to use." Organizing Committee CEO Akira Shimazu indicated that an "upper limit will not be set" for the number of candidate sites. He said that "he wants any location that meets the criteria for camp sites to be considered as contenders." Fifty-seven local governments filed applications individually, while 19 of the submissions were joint efforts by multiple bodies (KYODO, 1/11).

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