Just one week to go until Sandown Sprint

Close to the Sandown Sprint action (pic: Rob Schaverien)

Motor-racing fans have just over a week to wait until this year’s Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, being held next weekend (April 20 & 21). It’s attracted the strongest entry of cars yet, as the Isle of Wight’s premier motorsport event continues to grow.

One hundred cars are due to compete on a specially created track along Culver Parade in Sandown. And this year spectators can get closer than ever to the cars and the action.

The new Race Village, in Fort Street, will showcase all the cars and the drivers before they venture out to the start line. Cars range from legendary stars from the world of rallying to fire-breathing, NASCAR-inspired monsters, with almost everything in between.

“It’s not often that Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Goodwood come to the Island. Many of the cars at Sandown next weekend will be starring at events around the country this year, and this is an unique chance to see them up close and personal, right on your doorstep,” said promoter, Tim Addison.

Tickets cost from just £10 per day, if bought on-line in advance, and accompanied children aged 11 years and under are totally free. Sandham Gardens is also offering all of its attractions, including Dino Golf, the Skynets and karting, at half-price.

Cars will start from Fort Street before driving against the clock towards Yaverland. All the cars will also be running in classes depending on the size of engine and other criteria. A full list of entries is on the event website together with information about how to best enjoy this year’s Sprint.

Malcolm Smith, chairman of the Isle of Wight Car Club, said: “The quality and variety of cars is better than ever, with some fantastic cars from Island entrants. From thoroughbred classics through to specialist track and rally cars, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information and to book advance tickets online, go to iw.observer/sandownsprint.