The Isle of Wight Speed Trials is bringing motorsport back to the Isle of Wight. The Sandown Sprint was the first event planned for March 2020, but this was unfortunately postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown. New dates have now been announced for the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, which will now take place over the weekend of 27th & 28th March 2021. Bringing sun, sea and speed together for an exhilarating weekend of action.
Be prepared for a weekend of exhilarating fun, perfect for the whole family set against the spectacular backdrop of Bembridge Down. Enjoy unparalleled views of all the action from our spectator viewing areas along the beach esplanade and in our exclusive VIP hospitality area.
Please note that the event in 2021 will be open to 2020 ticket holders. At this stage there are no plans to sell further tickets for 2021.
Postponement in 2020
Motorsport UK revoked all organising permits in March 2020 as part of the coronavirus lockdown measures. As a consequence the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, planned for 28th & 29th March, was postponed.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people.”
Promoter Tim Addison of Solent commented: “Together with the Isle of Wight Car Club, we looked at all options to run the event later this year (2020). But for a number of reasons it was not viable. 2021 seems a long way off, but all tickets purchased for this year will be valid. Our priority is to deliver a full spectator experience to those people who supported this year and in fact, we have no plans to sell additional tickets. “
Although it has not been possible to formalise plans with the local highways authority during the lockdown period, informal responses from both the Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads has been positive. An application for a race permit will also be submitted to Motorsport UK in due course.
“We will be looking to hold early meetings with all key organisations as soon as we are able to,” commented Malcolm Smith, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Car Club. “Clearly there are more pressing issues to be dealt with right now. Our members and the Sprint competitors have been very supportive of the postponement and we’re already looking towards the 2021 date. It’s just 10 months away.”