A FEW run of the mill "off-track excursions" by over-zealous drivers were the only hiccups at another bustling staging of the Leyburn Sprints.

"And they made for a lot of excitement for the crowd," spokesman Chris Nixon said.

Thousands of visitors from right across the country made their way to Leyburn for the annual test of motoring mettle at the weekend.

Mr Nixon said it was a volunteer-run effort, with proceeds being returned to the community after costs were recovered.

"It goes to all sorts of local organisations that also participated in the event," he said.

"Everything from the QCWA to the Scouts and local school and church groups.

"We don't have the final figures, but we expect that the numbers have at least matched those of past years."

Renowned motor sport commentator of almost 50 years Will Hagon sang the praises of the event while calling the action at the sprints.

"I like the way they put the competitors' area, the spectators and the track all close together," he said.

"Everybody talks to each other and there is no heavy-handed officialdom.

"The strong attendance of competitors and the public is a real feather in the cap of the organisers."



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