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Unique UK motorsport complex up for sale

The owner of one of the UK’s lesser-known motorsport venues hopes that a buyer can be found to make sure the site will not be lost to the sport. Manby Motorplex, which is

near Louth in Lincolnshire, has been put on the market for offers over £3.5m. The 440- acre site currently operates as a motorsport, driver experience and training centre and boasts five miles of rally special stage, a 2.5-mile perimeter circuit and its own airstrip. It has also had planning permission for use as a performance driving centre and showground since 1990. The facility was developed

from farmland by its MD, James Tointon, and has been used for motorsport since the 1980s, hosting rallies, 4x4 trials, competition safaris, hill rallies, Rallycross, Supermoto, Motocross, motorcycle enduros, grasstrack and quad racing. On top of this, the venue

can offer a skid pan, schools facilities for rally, off road and HGV training, as well as space for

activities such as tank driving. There is also potential planning permission for motorsport-related industrial estate units, a clubhouse and further roads. Manby also boasts an old RAF control tower, spacious workshops and storage, and an operations centre – currently being used as a base for the driving school and motorsport business activities. Tointon, who has been forced

to sell up to due to personal reasons, said: ‘It’s incredibly sad to be selling Manby Motorplex. It has a high agricultural value, but we have split the site into lots, so the motorsport side could be purchased separately. I’d be very happy to see it run as a motorsport venue, having worked so hard to keep it as a motorsport and motoring venue for all these years. ‘In an ideal world, I’d like

to see someone buy the site, develop its massive potential and keep running the popular events, school activities and all we already do here, and keep on the excellent staff. It’s a truly unique place and it would be a shame to see a great motorsport venue lost to be developed as housing or turned back to all agriculture, after years of hard work and investment.’ Manby Motorplex is for sale

for offers over £3.5m via Brown & Co (


The Mercedes F1 team has signed a partnership deal with American company Starwood Hotels and Resorts. As part of the deal, Mercedes personnel will use Starwood hotels around the world during grand prix weekends. Mercedes has also signed a sponsorship deal with luxury watch maker, IWC Schaffhausen.

American Express is to enter the Global Rallycross Championship through its Serve brand in a sponsorship deal with the Best Buy Ford Fiesta Mk7, peddled by British driver David Binks. Serve is a re-loadable, pre-paid account that allows customers to receive and send money through the mediums of email, text and Facebook.

HRT announced a number of new partnerships at the Spanish Grand Prix, its home event. Kyocera Document Solutions is now its official supplier for office products, while Spanish windscreen repair and replacement company, Cristalbox, has also become a sponsor.

Red Bull Racing has joined forces with the Michael Pachleitner Group to create a Red Bull Racing eyewear collection. Based in Graz, Austria, the Michael Pachleitner Group has been involved with the design, production, sales and international distribution of eyewear for more than 50 years.

The Williams F1 Team has inked an all-new sponsorship agreement with Finnish business, Wihuru, a global industry and trade conglomerate. Williams has also announced a new sponsorship deal with another Finnish organisation, welding company Kemppi.

Toro Rosso has signed a deal with lighting company Trilux, which is now a technology supplier to the team. As part of the deal, Trilux will supply lighting at Toro Rosso’s Faenza factory and in the pit garages at the races. The German company is well known for its innovative LED lighting systems.

The Caterham F1 team has signed partnership deals with Rockwell Collins Aviation Technology and Russian Helicopters. New York-based Rockwell Collins is involved in the development and deployment of communication and aviation electronic solutions, while Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is one of the global leaders in helicopter production.

Russian GP subject to delay

Preparations for the inaugural Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in 2014 could be subject to “serious delays” due to the local political situation, according to a spokesman for the Russian Automobile Federation. Igor Yermilin told RIA

440 acres of motorsport heaven, with planning to expand – yours for £3.5m

Novosti (the state news agency) that potential problems could be caused by personnel changes in the regional government of Krasnodar, where the new venue is under construction in the Winter Olympics Park, near the southern coastal city of Sochi.

Yermilin added that little

work had been carried out on the facility since March, but emphasized that he did not believe the project was at risk of collapse, and hopes the race will go ahead as scheduled in 2014. Among local politicians to lose

their seats in recent elections was Mikhail Kapirulin, the principal of Omega, a company created to act as the event promoter. Kapirulin’s signature is on a six-year contract with Formula One that runs from 2014 through 2020.

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