Silverstone revamp to start in 2009

Local objections have seen racing circuit Silverstone revise its plans for a redevelopment project that is now planned to begin at the start of next year.

Under a new agreement with the two local councils involved, plans to build a housing estate have been dropped to allow work on the circuit and paddock to get the go-ahead.

Silverstone's owners the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) were rocked by the shock announcement at the beginning of July that the British Grand Prix would be moving to Donington Park from 2010.

But BRDC president Damon Hill made it clear at the time that Silverstone would continue with its upgrade in order to be in a position to step in should Donington's plans fall through.

"We shall continue to keep dialogue open with FOM [Formula One Management] and shall continue with our plans to develop Silverstone into one of the top sporting facilities in the world," he said.

"There is no doubt in our minds that if the position changes then Silverstone will still be ready to host the British Grand Prix beyond 2009."

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