Organisers of the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint still expect the event to go ahead over 27th & 28th March 2021. Motorsport across the UK has been suspended during the four-week national lockdown, but at this stage plans remain in place for the Isle of Wight’s first closed-road motor racing event next Spring.
“We have been working together with the IW Council and Island Roads over the past few months to keep the Sprint on track for March next year. Our priority has been to develop options that will enable us to keep spectators involved, but there will also be a closed event scenario as a fallback,” commented Tim Addison the event promoter.
Being an outdoor event with a large spectator area, the capacity with safe distancing measures in place still exceeds the number of tickets sold. Total ticket sales had already been limited in the first year to ease pressure on the new event, which in hindsight was fortunate.
Almost all of the race competitors for the Sandown Sprint, which was originally planned for March 2020, have agreed to roll their entries over to the new 2021 date. Malcolm Smith, Chairman of the IW Car Club explained: “The level of support we’ve received has been terrific. Apart from one or two people who could not make the new dates, all our drivers have stood by the Sprint. This is great news. Racing in this country on closed public roads is still a pretty rare opportunity and we’re proud that this is happening here on the Island.”
Motorsport UK will advise on restart
Motorsport UK is the governing body for motor racing in England and will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government. During the coming weeks it will be working to ensure that as soon as government guidance allows, motorsport can safely resume once again.
Tim concluded: “We couldn’t have predicted the pandemic, but we did recognise that it would be sensible to keep things simple in Year One. It should mean that we are able to admit all the ticket holders over the weekend, even if some restrictions have to be imposed. We do now need to start recruiting volunteer stewards to help deliver the event so if anyone would like to be involved then please do get in touch. Thank you to all the ticket holders, competitors, volunteers and sponsors that continue to support the Sprint.”