Seaside sprint is a roaring success in Sandown

The crowd enjoyed watching the competitors

Sandown Sprint 2024 proved a successful event for a full field of competitors from on and off the Island.

The knowledgeable crowd enjoyed a track changed from previous years, with nationally renowned driver, Damien Bradley, recording the fastest time at 34.91s, closely followed by Island Car Centre’s Will Nicholls, and Nicholas Olson.

The field included Island driver, Laura Lusted, who enjoyed a competitive weekend at Sandown Sprint, with a series of drives that saw her finish in 5th place in her class.

Laura, a hairdresser from Ryde, has had a passion for driving safely at speed since the age of 13, and has owned nine performance cars. She raced in her Toyota Starlet SR and has taken part in events since 2021 .

Laura said: “The Sandown Sprint is a really good weekend for participants and spectators alike, with a seafront setting and excellent organisation from the sprint team. The number of female competitors taking part is exciting and it’s great to see women competing in organised motorsports.”

With around 100 cars and many experienced drivers taking part, the Sandown Sprint is becoming an annual fixture on the motoring calendar, and brings back memories of the 1950s speed trails and rallies in Sandown and on the Island.

Laura concluded: “It’s a tough, twisty and testing course, and, like the other local and visiting drivers, I’m looking forward to next year.”

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