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The Isle of Wight Speed Trial’s first event, the Sandown Sprint, has been postponed today (Tuesday) due to the developing coronavirus crisis.

Motorsport UK has revoked all organising permits until at least 30th April 2020. As a consequence, the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, which was planned for 28th & 29th March 2020, will be postponed until further notice.

Promoter Tim Addison of Solent says:

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“Once the current restrictions are lifted, we’ll want to sit down with the Isle of Wight Council and other partners to find a way forward. We’ve already proved the event is viable and we’ll look forward to announcing details as soon as possible”.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explains:

“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.

“However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant.”

Ticket holders and other stakeholders will be contacted directly in due course.

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Island Echo is the official digital media partner of the event. We look forward to continuing our partnership moving forward.


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Darren Russell

The Isle of Wight is going to need a miracle to recover from what’s looking more likely to be a disastrous summer for businesses dependent on visitors and tourism. If this virus isn’t contained and we’re in lock down in July and August 80% + of Island businesses will be bankrupt who depend on visitors to our Island.


That is a crying shame.

Nigel shore

All those Halfords hot rods and fast Ford’s with no one to annoy.

r bet

fast fords haha

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