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Donington refutes aircraft fuel fears

Donington Park owners have rejected claims that the track's surface has been contaminated by fuel, which was allegedly dropped by aircraft using the nearby East Midlands airport.

The circuit came under heavy criticism after last year's rain-soaked MotoGP event, with riders saying it has become to dangerous in the wet and calling for a track resurface.

But after riders resumed their complaints today following practice, and with the suggestions about the aircraft fuel rising again, Donington CEO Simon Gillett moved to refute these claims, saying they are tantamount to an "old wives' tale."

"A specialist firm has been working on some problematic sections of the race track following the adverse comments made during last year's rain soaked Grand Prix," Gillett commented.

"We also categorically refute any suggestion that aircraft fuel is dropped on the circuit causing problems - that is something I have never believed, given both the highly fertile market gardening industry beneath the flight path and also the prohibitive cost making dumping of fuel a no-go.

"We're just fed up with hearing this old wives' tale trotted out again."

Gillett was further backed by a statement issued by surface specialists, Ringway: "TrackJet retexturing of the Melbourne hairpin showed a significant improvement in surface friction.

"The survey results don't support the theory that there is an external contaminant, such as aircraft fuel from the nearby airport, at the root of the problem."

The initial works at the Melbourne Hairpin have been completed around the full 2.5-mile circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix this Sunday.

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