Rain fails to dampen Sprints spark
IT was another successful burn around the tracks for the Leyburn Sprints this year despite Saturday’s downpour.
Leyburn Sprints media manager Chris Nixon said the committee didn’t know how many people attended at the weekend but significantly more people turned out on Sunday after the rain cleared.
“The organisers were pleased that as many people stayed on on Saturday as they did and those punters were rewarded with clear skies by late afternoon,” he said.
“And Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day at Leyburn.”
He said the organising committee was even more impressed with the turn out of competitors.
“We had a full compliment of entrants on the track on Sunday and the competition just got better and better as the track the times got faster with the improved conditions,” he said.
Mr Nixon said there was so much interest in the event this year, there were more entry applications than spots to fill.
“The organisers were able to invite the cars they best considered represented the spirit of the sprints,” he said.
As predicted early in the competition, Warwick Hutchinson took out the competition with the fastest time in his 1992 Van Dieman RF92-RPV02 uphill racer.
It was his first time competing at the Leyburn Sprints.
“He won by almost by 1.8 seconds,” Mr Nixon said.
While there was one major crash on Saturday in which a car was damaged extensively, Sunday only had minor incidents.
Mr Nixon also praised crowd behaviour. “We were very pleased with the behaviour of spectators in keeping the place as tidy as they did and there was very little refuse,” he said.
“We were very happy with event this year, particularly with the V8 Supercar Challenge, the Shannon’s Show and Shine display and inauguration of the crash barriers with historic paintings which were exceptionally well received. After 16 years the Leyburn Sprints is one of Australia’s longest consistently run historical motor sport events with a special place in the calendar because of its link to the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.”
Mr Nixon said the dates for next years event would be released late this year.