A new motorsport event – one of the first of its type to be held on public roads in England – is coming to the Isle of Wight next year.
Following nearly two years of preparation, Solent and the Isle of Wight Car Club have announced the dates for the first ‘Sandown Sprint’.
It will take place over weekend of 28th to 29th March 2020.
The concept of the Sandown Sprint was first put forward by Solent to the IW Car Club in
December 2017 after a change in national legislation to allow racing on public roads.
The two bodies have since been working together to develop the idea with input from a
number of motor racing experts.
Promoter of the event Tim Addison from Solent, said:
“It has been a long road, but after many months of talks with local businesses and organisations, we have successfully submitted our application to Motorsport UK (the sport’s governing body).
“A team recently visited the Island for a full inspection of the proposed track and has now given our plans a green light.”
As part of its overall evaluation, Motorsport UK also undertook a formal consultation
process which included the Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads, Sandown Town Council
and the Island’s Safety Advisory Group.
Malcolm Smith, Chairman of the IW Car Club, said:
“We’ve had a lot of very positive feedback and support for the Sprint.
“Our members are very excited at the prospect of being able to host the Sandown Sprint.
“The approval of the Highways Authority is vital to the process and we are most grateful to both the Council and Island Roads for the support they have demonstrated. Many of our members will be looking forward to competing alongside those that we expect to join us from the mainland. There are very few races of this type in the UK.”
The event will be open to spectators, as the seawall along Culver Parade provides an elevated vantage point.
Local businesses alongside the track in Sandown have been involved at various stages of planning, but now the organisers are looking to widen the net and get more of them involved.
“There’s a few areas where we still need some help. For example, we require a quantity of large straw bales to complete the track at a time of the year when there’s not too many about. Hopefully we can encourage a number of local farmers to set some aside for us to borrow for the weekend.
“We will also need a number of track and spectator marshals, so anyone who would like to be involved should get in touch, as we’d love to hear from them.”