Successful turnout for Isle of Wight’s Sandown Sprint

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Over 90 cars, representing a wide range of eras and classes, battled it out on the temporary track at Culver Parade during the third annual Sandown Sprint, held on the Isle of Wight this past weekend. It was a chilly but sunny start for the drivers, with many entrants hailing from the Isle of Wight Car Club. 

From modern high-performance machines to classic racers and even an ASCAR, the variety on display was a true petrolhead’s paradise. Spectators were treated to a weekend of adrenaline-pumping action as drivers pushed their vehicles to the limit on the challenging course.  

This year’s competition saw a fantastic blend of experience and youthful enthusiasm. Seasoned veterans battled it out for supremacy alongside enthusiastic first-timers.  The true spirit of motorsport shone through as the camaraderie amongst competitors went beyond the finish line, with rival drivers offering support and encouragement, creating an exceptional example of sportsmanship. 

The event has established itself as a premier event on the Isle of Wight’s motoring calendar, and its popularity continues to grow.  Just like in previous years, the open paddock allowed fans to get up close to the cars and chat with the drivers and teams, fostering a sense of community among car enthusiasts.  

Taking the top spot on the podium was Damien Bradley in his Subaru Legacy, with a blazing time of 70.66 seconds, closely followed by Will Nicholls, in his Fiesta R5, who crossed the finish line in 72.69 seconds. Rounding off the podium was Nicholas Olson in his Lotus Esprit S3 with an overall time of 74.40. 

Tireless effort from the event organisers meant that the event was once again a resounding success. 

Malcolm Smith, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Car Club, commented, “We are a small Club and rely on help from the “North Island” (Mainland) Clubs to whom we are very grateful. Many Competitors and service crews take the opportunity of having a short Island holiday which is an added attraction. Being one of a handful of closed public roads events is another bonus. The Sprint benefits our Club attracting new members and this year more than a third of the entries were Club members.”  


(Photo credit: Rob Schaverien)