The British F3 championship's annual visit to Donington Park has been postponed due to ongoing issues with the circuit's track license.
The UK's motor racing governing body - the Motor Sports Association - has yet to grant the Leicestershire venue a license to hold race meetings in 2009, because of safety concerns over construction work for the British Grand Prix in 2010, and AUTOSPORT understands the circuit is unlikely to obtain that license before British F3's planned visit on April 25/26.
The building of an access tunnel has dramatically reduced the run-off on either side of the track between McLeans and Coppice, and the MSA has requested work to be done to make the area safe for racing before granting Donington its license.
British F3 series boss Stephane Ratel told AUTOSPORT last week the Donington round would be postponed rather than canceled if the circuit could not obtain its license in time.
A new provisional date has now been pencilled in for the weekend of July 18/19 - the same weekend as the World Touring Car Championship's visit to Brands Hatch.