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TALKING POINT: TOM WHEATCROFT DIES

It was a terrible week for Donington Park. First of all Simon Gillett failed in his attempt to raise the money to host the British GP from 2010. Then, and far sadder, came the news on race morning at Abu Dhabi that Tom Wheatcroft had died, aged 87. Wheatcroft had watched grands prix there in the 1930s and his passion for racing was so strong that he restored the circuit after a near 30-year break in the late 1970s, also building a museum to house his ever-growing collection of grand prix cars that went on to become the largest in the world. His greatest day came in 1993 when Donington Park hosted the European GP and Ayrton Senna scored a famous win in treacherous conditions for McLaren.

Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft celebrates Ayrton Senna’s stunning victory in 1993.

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