Will Hagon will join local commentator Jamie Lawson in the box for this weekend’s Leyburn Sprints.
Will Hagon will join local commentator Jamie Lawson in the box for this weekend’s Leyburn Sprints. Contributed

Hagon, Lawson in box for sprints

THE countdown to the Leyburn Sprints is on and for the second year in a row Warwick commentator Jamie Lawson will take to the commentary box with none other than Will Hagon.

Whether it is Formula One or sports cars or great events such as Le Mans and Bathurst, Mr Hagon has covered it.

He knows no prejudice and has a long love of motor sport, whether categories racing on four wheels or two.

It is only understandable that Mr Lawson was little bit nervous when he climbed into the commentary box with him for the first time last year.

"We ended up making a really good team," he said.

"Will Hagon has an impressive knowledge on the histories of the cars and I don't."

"But I have the local knowledge.

"I know a lot of the local characters so I have a lot of fun with them."

Mr Lawson is hoping the weather stays clear to avoid a repeat of last year.

"I've been commentating the Leyburn Sprints for the last few years," he said.

"Last year it was in the pouring rain, we all had water in our gumboots.

"I am very excited though."

Mr Lawson said the event differed from other car races.

"It is not just about the race," he said.

"The spectators get a car show and a race."

Motorsport has played a large part in Mr Lawson's life.

"I've been involved in motorsport for a long time and I am a rally driver," he said.

"It (commentating) is my way of giving back to the sport and community.

"I can talk so it's my job."

Mr Lawson took up commentating at the Gatton Street Sprint event five years ago.

"I don't go looking for it, it finds me," he said.

"I quite enjoy it.

"The challenge is to be entertaining and interesting at the same time.

"You have to make sure you include everyone from the little kids to the elderly."

Mr Lawson said it was a tiring weekend.

"It is two full days non-stop, continually talking," he said.

"The race is the easy part; it is when it stops for the track to be cleared after a crash that's difficult.

"We have to keep talking without boring the people and putting them to sleep."

The Leyburn Sprints will start at 8am on Saturday and finish at 5pm.

The action will start at 8am on Sunday and continue through until 3pm followed by the presentations.



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