Online ticket sales for the Island car Centre Sandown Sprint, to be held over 28th & 29th March 2020, will close this Friday (13th March 2020).
Promoter Tim Addison commented: “Our allocation for pre-event tickets has now virtually sold out. We will need to end online sales this week and want to take the opportunity of thanking everyone who has supported the Sprint by purchasing tickets.”
Many Island businesses have also taken the opportunity of getting involved in the Isle of Wight’s first closed-road motor racing event held under new regulations introduced in 2017. To date only a handful of events of this type have taken place which puts the Island at the forefront of road racing in the UK.
Title sponsor Will Nicholls owner of the Island Car Centre based in Rookley commented: ‘I’ve been impressed by the efforts being made to place the Isle of Wight on the UK motorsport map. This might be a grass roots event, but it’s captured the imagination of local motor racing fans as well as at least one world champion.”
Miki Biasion won the World Rally Championship in both 1988 and 1989 driving a works car for the Lancia team. He will be attending the Sandown Sprint courtesy of classic rallying specialists Rally Replay based in Chichester. Miki will be driving an exact replica of his Sanremo Rally-winning Lancia Delta Integrale in its distinctive red Martini racing colours on Sunday 29th March.
One of the Island’s leading building contractors, John Peck Construction is overseeing the track build. “Setting up a course of this type on a public highway is a complex operation. The track will take nearly two days to build and to remove afterwards. It’s a lot of hard work for my team, but I’m hoping that building the course might help my race times!” joked owner John Peck who will also be entering a car in the Sprint.
Two of Sandown’s main car parks at Yaverland and Fort Street will be used as part of the event, so parking in the town will be very limited over the weekend. “We’re really encouraging spectators to use public transport,” continued Tim. “There’s a bus every 15 minutes into and out of Sandown and we’re providing a shuttle bus service to and from Sandown railway station at the busy times. We’re asking spectators to be sensible and not try to park in Sandown.”
The organisers are looking for a team of volunteers to help marshal the event over the weekend. Anyone interested in being involved is encouraged to register on the event website.