A full entry of 100 competition cars have been entered to compete in the first Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint to be held over 2nd & 3rd April 2022. It will be staged on a specially constructed sprint track at Culver Parade and heralds the return of motorsport on the Isle of Wight roads after a break of more than 60 years.
Originally scheduled to run in March 2020, the Sandown Sprint was an early casualty of the national lockdown, which also prevented the event taking place in 2021. The Isle of Wight Council has also confirmed that it has approved the Motor Race Order which enables public roads to be used for motor racing. 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.”
The Sandown Sprint has been sponsored by the Island Car Centre, with Wightlink Ferries as its travel partner. Will Nicholls is the owner of the Island Car Centre in Rookley and no stranger to motor racing. He has been a consistently successful competition driver for many years and is driving his M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta RS. Will commented: “This is an exciting new initiative for the Isle of Wight. The Sandown Sprint will be the first time in many years that motorsport will be back on our roads. As the Island’s largest dealer of quality used cars we’re delighted to be supporting the event.”
Limited tickets are available
The Sandown Sprint sold out in 2020 and as all tickets are being honoured there were no plans to sell any more for this year. However, due to changes in the track layout there will be a limited amount of additional tickets available for 2022 – just 250 per day.
These can only be purchased online at isleofwightspeedtrials.co.uk/tickets. The entry of cars is very high and there will be some real highlights for any fan of motor racing.
The Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint is being organised and promoted by Solent working in partnership with the Isle of Wight Car Club, which is also the Motorsport UK organising club. The Club has been very busy processing applications as well as overseeing the track layout and build schedule. Chairman Malcolm Smith enthused: “We’re also very pleased to welcome the Island Car Centre as sponsors of this event. Will Nicholls is very well known by our club members and has been a leading light for motorsport on and off the Isle of Wight for many years. We’re indebted to our members and colleagues from other motor clubs for the hard work that has been undertaken to deliver this first event”. The Isle of Wight Car Club also organises a series of car events throughout the year and would welcome new members to get involved.