Revamps for Cadwell Park on hold — for now

Plans for the proposed revamp of Lincolnshire-based circuit Cadwell Park were finally revealed last week.

Owners of the Cadwell Park circuit, MotorSport Vision, are hoping to upgrade the track in order to bring more events to the track, including the British Formula 3 International Series and the British GT Championship.

While the track has been marked out for extensions and enhancements to bring it in line with the needs for F3 and GT racing, the plans would also see the development of a motor technology park – originally announced in July 2011 – alongside the circuit.

To do this, Lincolnshire County Council may need to purchase land from the Crown Estate to accommodate up to 25,000 square feet of floor space for the technology centre; however plans were in situ until environmental studies could be completed.
It is believed that discussions between the county council and the Crown Estate are ongoing. For their part MotorSport Vision appear ready to spend approximately £6 million on circuit upgrades, including new pits and grandstands.
A hotel, motorsport-related museum and improved dining facilities are also under the project’s consideration.

It has not been completely straightforward though. Protests against the planning have been lodged with the council – an expected turn of events due to the circuit’s close proximity to the Lincolnshire Wolds; an area of best known for its vast Greenland and extensive beauty.
As a result of the protests lodged last week – which were to be expected – the long view plans for Cadwell Park may yet still extend substantially.

Cadwell Park currently attracts the British Superbike Championship over August Bank Holiday weekend, yet whereas the circuit is suitable for motorbikes, it remains far too narrow for many forms of car racing.
The track is also well known for its extreme elevation changes, earning it the nickname “mini-Nurburgring.”

Apart from Formula 3 and GT events, an improved Cadwell Park may eventually open the door for other forms of motorsport at the circuit; however the technology park may be a more significant boost to Lincolnshire’s economy.

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