By Jason McGarry. Photos by Trapnell Creations.
Leyburn Sprints would have to be up there as one of favourite events of the year, it is great to go out into the rural areas and provide entertainment and some well needed money into the community. Last year was cancelled due to Covid and this year had to be pushed back because of the lockdown. Numbers were down because of the border closures, but they still managed to have 162 competitors which resulted in 9 runs over the weekend which was great as a driver.
The Caterham R300 was in Supersports Cars Logbooked class and unfortunately I was the only entrant, so yes I came 1st and last in my class, but I did manage to take another .3secs off my previous best and finished 12th outright. With 7 open wheelers in front of me I was extremely pleased with the result. Next year it would be great to get more of the club down there and compete as it is a great event and offers a different experience.
One of the great pleasures is being able to give people access to the car especially the kids (older kids struggle to get in) and allowing them to have a sit behind the steering wheel, play with the buttons and see their eyes light up with joy, especially in these crazy times. We all have a role to play in trying to encourage younger people into our sport, there is nothing better in being beaten by your kids in your car!
1st Warwick Hutchinson in a OMS
2nd Brett Bull in a Van Dieman
3rd Steven Woodbridge in a Dallara