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Track record

Letters

The financial story of the new access to Silverstone race track (NCE 20 June) may be more interesting than the technical one.

It was reported that last February the government gave Costain-Skanska an additional £8M to ensure that certain improvements to the A43 would be completed by July 2002. The permanent design was thus changed to allow construction in wet conditions.

Apart from the contractors, it appears that the first beneficiary is Octagon Motorsports, which will initially keep its £3.6M bond to the FIA followed by its income from the British Grand Prix - this year and in future. Was there an openly available analysis to demonstrate that the £8M benefits us all?

Martin Hordyk, 36 Salisbury Mansions, St. Ann's Road, London, N15 3JP.

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