Wayne Henman and Bruce Bunch keen to race at a smoother Leyburn Sprints.
Wayne Henman and Bruce Bunch keen to race at a smoother Leyburn Sprints.

$30k for Sprints spruce

A $30,000 cash boost from the Southern Downs Regional Council has left motor enthusiasts grinning from bumper to bumper with the 2010 Leyburn Sprints on track for success.

No one is more thrilled than Sprints committee president Ann Collins, who had no doubt the track would be upgraded before the August event, which brings in big dollars to the small community each year.

“Between each community groups it supports – 10 in total last year – plus the shop, the hotel, camping... the Sprints brings in about $60,000 to Leyburn alone,” Mrs Collins said.

“But you could easily double that with all the outlying towns as well as Toowoomba and Warwick – the Horse and Jockey Hotel is booked out already.”

Mrs Collins was pleased to receive the official letter from council confirming they would purchase 290 tonnes of asphalt with funds from the street reseal project.

“It’s really great news for the Sprints,” Mrs Collins said, who added the event attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 people at the weekend alone.

SDRC Engineering Services director Peter See told the Daily News they aimed to start the project in July, in the new financial year, once the council budget was formally approved.

Building and road construction materials supplier Boral have come on board as sponsors and will work with council to get the track ready by August by carting and laying the hot mix at no charge.

Rose City drivers Bruce Bunch and Wayne Henman are looking forward to racing their Mini and MG around the brand new asphalt route, expected to be finished in time for the August event.

“Everyone would be impressed (council) are investing money into the track,” Mr Henman said.

“It’s an excellent move and we congratulate them for supporting such an important local event.”

Local racing enthusiast Greg Newey’s car was damaged at the 2009 event due to the spray of stones and previously suggested using hot mix on the track to smooth out the problems.

“With the track getting fixed it should solve any of the criticism from the racers,” Mr Newey said.

He said the improved surface would make for “more exciting racing” and allow cars to race to a better standard, being able to better grip the track.

“I’m looking forward to the event – it certainly is one of the major ones in the region,” Mr Newey said.

“The road was the only real restriction and now that problem is being fixed it should be a great event.”

For keen driver Mr Bunch, he said although he would support the event regardless of the track condition he sympathised with the elite vehicles which were damaged last year.

“It’s good to see it’s improving because it certainly draws a lot of people to the area,” Mr Bunch said.

“The condition of the track mainly concerned the elite cars... but if the track is going to be resurfaced it’s excellent news.”

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