TRACK LAYOUT FINALISED AHEAD OF INAUGURAL SANDOWN SPRINT

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The Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint has a full entry of race cars and the track layout has now also been confirmed ahead of motor racing returning to the Isle of Wight on 28th/29th March 2020.

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 will feature 2 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.

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Tim Addison of Solent, the event promoters, says:

“In our first year the objective was to create a safe and entertaining track which could be enjoyed by competitors and spectators.

“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:

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“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 event 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.

Tim adds:

“It’s likely that tickets will not be available on the day. 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 www.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.

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Vinny Phillips
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I wish it all the success possible, however, if I want to walk along the sea wall that day, I will, without paying for it

Steve
Steve
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Totally agree how can you charge for a public right of way

sammy
sammy
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not if its temporarily closed – sandown really needs this event and it will be ruined by people like you. if it wasn’t for events like hullaballo and this, my town would be even more depressing.

sammy
sammy
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the same way IW festival and other events like cowes week do. clearly you don’t support the event, we really need this for sandown, my town is dying and then people like you ruin it for all.

Carole
Carole
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The iow festival and Cowes week do not charge to walk along the road, what about the people living in the area, are they to be charged to walk along, maybe to get to work?

Carole
Carole
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The public road is not closed, you can still walk, past the iow festival site, as you can still walk through Cowes, with out having to pay

R Sole
R Sole
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But you can’t access Seaclose park during the festival period nor walk along the public footpath from Newport to Island harbour.

Carole
Carole
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Totally agree, we walk up to yaverland to the cafe and my husband goes to feed the ducks and swans, we have no intentions of paying to do this, we are not interested in watching cars race up the road, we can see that most days of the year.

Az-Azi-Zah
Az-Azi-Zah
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Actually people who live near the festival get FREE tickets. So perhaps the event organisers can compensate people who walk their children and dogs along there, as many do not want to breath in harmful fumes, which must be, otherwise WHY are HMG banning such asap

Perhaps we should all put in a claim for comp?

James Edwards
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I think, as per usual with events of this type, the OrganisersAND the Isle of Wight Council need to make details of pedestrian access clear.
After all, looking at the map if the ‘track’ layout, it could be interpreted that there is no access to the Dinosaur Isle Museum.
Come along people, it is VERY rare that pedestrian access is totally cut-off. Restricted vehicle access and parking yes. I mean, road closures are a regular feature of the Island calendar – Festival(s), carnivals etc.
Let’s have some clarification before certain people have ‘a medical episode’ getting themselves worked into a frenzy over something that probably will not be affected!

r bet
r bet
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why pay you can watch boy racers on most island roads. I have no intention of paying when I take my dog for a walk

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