Motor racing returns to Isle of Wight roads for the first time in 50 years over the weekend of 28th and 29th March. The Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint has a full entry of race cars and the track layout has now also been confirmed.
Island-based company John Peck Construction has led the way in constructing a suitable track at Culver Parade in Sandown. The course will be 750m in length and feature two chicanes, together with challenging fast corners and hairpin bends. The basic concept was approved by Motorsport UK in 2019 when it issued an Event Permit to organisers Solent and the Isle of Wight Car Club. Since then the Isle of Wight Council has granted a Motor Racing Order and now the track layout has been finalised in detail for the final track licence.
“In our first year the objective was to create a safe and entertaining track which could be enjoyed by competitors and spectators,” commented event promoter Tim Addison of Solent. “Getting it right this year will be a major success and a platform that we can build on. The organisers are extremely grateful to John Peck Construction for taking a lead in the actual track build and making our plans a reality.”
John Peck Construction is one of the Island’s leading building contractors – they work on a magnitude of projects throughout the South of England. John Peck is a keen, amateur racing driver himself and was more than happy to be involved: “This is undoubtedly a good thing for the Island and will really put us on the map for UK motorsport. I wanted to help Solent and the Isle of Wight Car Club to make this first event happen. Fortunately my business has access to much of the equipment required to create a race track; from safety fencing to concrete road barriers. I’m also looking forward to racing my own car in the Sprint.”
The Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint has attracted a full entry of 100 competitors from both on and off the Isle of Wight, it will also be the first round of a regional sprint championship. The full entry list has now been posted on the vent website.
Tickets for spectators are also limited in this first year and sales have been brisk. More than half of all the tickets available have now been sold. “It’s likely that tickets will not be available on the day,” continued Tim. “So if you want to come along to this milestone event then please book your ticket early. We have only allocated 2000 tickets per day and when they are gone that really is it.”
Adult admission costs just £5 per day and accompanied children are admitted free of charge. For full details, terms and conditions and to book tickets visit: isleofwightspeedtrials.co.uk or call the box office on 01983 510020
Organisers are also looking for a team of volunteers to help marshall the event over the weekend. Anyone interested in being involved is encouraged to find out more information and register to volunteer on the website.