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See the Sandown Sprint – for free!

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Organisers of the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, the first car-speed trials to be held on the Island since the days before national speed limits were introduced, have a few spaces left for volunteer marshals to assist over the weekend of April 2 and 3.

Being part of this new motorsport event could include duties such as manning the track crossing point, overseeing the sea wall/revetment or checking wristbands. In exchange for volunteering, marshals will receive a free ticket for the whole weekend’s exciting events and a complementary lunch either before or after their shift.

No previous experience in motorsport is necessary, as duties will be explained clearly and volunteer marshals will be paired up with at least one other person.

The speed trials, which will take place on a specially-constructed track at Culver Parade in Sandown, were previously postponed in both 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. Organisers are honouring all tickets sold for the earlier events but, due to a change in track layout, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase for this year’s event.

Spectators will be able to watch from the seawall, choosing whether to view the action at the starting line, slaloms, turnaround or the finish line.

Promoter, Tim Addison, said “It’s a case of third time lucky. Fortunately, there’s been a great amount of support both in Sandown and across the Island. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience.”

A Motor Race Order has been approved by the Isle of Wight Council, which enables the public roads to be used for motor-racing.

A particular highlight will be the opportunity to watch two-time world rally champion, Miki Biasion, who will be driving one of the 100 race cars which are entered.

Along with the race, families will also be able to enjoy the electric go-karts in Sandham Gardens, Dino-Island crazy golf, the Sandham Skynets, or even a trip to The Wildheart Trust animal sanctuary.

You can purchase tickets costing £10 per day, or save your money by filling in the volunteer form at