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Jonathan Palmer and Donington receive awards at PMW World Expo

Thursday, November 08 2018

Jonathan Palmer and MotorSport Vision (MSV) were presented with awards at the Professional Motorsport World Expo at Köln Messe in Germany last night (Wednesday).

MSV's Chief Executive received the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award, in a category that saw MSA Chairman David Richards and SRO CEO Stéphane Ratel nominated. The award is Palmer's third individual honour of the year, having also been inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, and being named Autocar's 2018 Motorsport Hero.

As MSV's spearhead, Palmer has been instrumental in reviving the fortunes of Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Cadwell Park and Oulton Park over the past 15 years, turning around the fortunes of the previously failing venues and allowing them to thrive with new events and significantly improved facilities. MSV has applied the same treatment in the past 18 months to its latest acquisition, Donington Park, while continuing to run the thriving Bennetts British Superbike and BRDC British F3 Championships, and the world-renowned PalmerSport corporate driving facility.

MSV's multi-million pound investment at the East Midlands circuit was also recognised, with the circuit being named Motorsport Facility of the Year at the ceremony. F1 venue Paul Ricard, and two tracks in Australia were those also nominated, with Donington taking the accolade after benefitting from a huge range of improvements thanks to MSV investment this year. Big changes and additions in 2018 have included the stunning Garage 39 restaurant, café and bar, several brand new toilet blocks, a new grandstand at Hollywood and substantial detail improvements around the venue.

A large panel of judges that included representatives from leading publications including Professional Motorsport World magazine, BBC, Racecar Engineering, The Independent, Autocar and the Telegraph, decided the outcome of both awards.