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Warwick Hutchinson in his RPV03 racer in the Formula Libre class

PHOTO: Brisbane's Warwick Hutchinson is aiming to win back the trophy for outright fastest time at the Historic Leyburn Sprints (Pic supplied)

FAST FACTS:

  • Sat 11 Sept-Sun 12 September
  • Competition starts 8am both days (gates open 7am)
  • Adults $20 day, $30 weekend, Under 14 FREE
  • Parking, free on-street
  • Travel: Approx. 60 kms from Warwick, 220 kms from Brisbane

LEYBURN (Queensland) - A new champion will be crowned at the 25th Historic Leyburn Sprints this weekend – and Brisbane driver Warwick Hutchinson is hoping it’s his turn to take the spoils.

Hutchinson will be driving his self-built RPV03 racer in the Formula Libre class for the fastest cars among a field of around 180 competitors in the round-the-houses Sprints, which start tomorrow morning and continue all weekend.

He won the prized Col Furness Memorial Trophy in 2011-12-13, but since then has not been able to catch Dean Amos and his exotic V8 Gould GR55B single-seater.

But this time Covid-19 restrictions have trapped Amos at his Lismore, New South Wales, base and so the Formula Libre contest is wide-open for a group of hot-shot pilots, including Hutchinson, Brett Bull (Van Dieman), Ed McCane (Firehawk) and Neil Lewis (Fly).

An AC Cobra and Monaro racing in the streets of Leyburn (Credit: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: The Historic Leyburn Sprints is a true round-the-houses event on a challenging 1.0 kilometre course (Credit: Trapnell Creations)

FAST FACTS:

  • Sat 11 Sept-Sun 12 September
  • Competition starts 8am both days (gates open 7am)
  • Adults $20 day, $30 weekend, Under 14 FREE
  • Parking, free on-street
  • Travel: Approx. 60 kms from Warwick, 220 kms from Brisbane

LEYBURN (Queensland) - More than two years after its last event, the Historic Leyburn Sprints will return this weekend with a welcome boost for Queensland’s Southern Darling Downs.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a commemoration of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix at Leyburn, the Sprints is expected to deliver the region up 16,000 visitors over Saturday and Sunday, including more than 300 car owners in events on- and off-track.

Community volunteer workers are completing construction of the venue and the 1.0 kilometre street course through the little town – usual population, around 400 - confident of avoiding any Covid-19 impact after the cancellation of the 2020 event and three-week postponement from this year’s original date.

Campsite sales have now been suspended. A limited number of campsites are still available to be sold at the event, including for tents/swags, cars, caravans and motorhomes.

There will be no further pre-selling of campsites.

IMPORTANT: There will be no more refunds processed after 12:00PM Noon Tuesday September 7 2021.

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Dick Johnson (76), son Steven (46) and grandson Jett (16) and Jett's Ford Escort

PHOTO: Dick Johnson (76), son Steven (46) and grandson Jett (16) will attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints. Jett will drive this Ford Escort in the Juniors competition (Pics: Trapnell Creations).

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Motorsport icon Dick Johnson will make his annual return to the Historic Leyburn Sprints next week, but it will be a family affair as he supports his grandson Jett’s bid to win a prestigious trophy.

Third-generation racer Jett, 16, will compete for the Ann Collins Memorial Junior Award, which aims to encourage young drivers and will be presented for the third year at the postponed 25th anniversary Sprints on 11-12 September.

Drivers aged between 14 and 17 and in cars of no more than 2.0 litres’ capacity will compete on their ability to match a target time around the 1.0 kilometre street course, rather than on outright speed.

The Juniors will be among up to 200 drivers of historic, classic and late-model performance cars in a packed weekend of competition and motoring entertainment at the Historic Leyburn Sprints, which were postponed from their original date of 21-22 August.

A timetable of  the 2021 Historic Leyburn Sprints weekend events is available to view here, or can be downloaded from the Results & Docs page in the menu above. Also available below (and downloadable on the Results & Docs page) is a map of Leyburn setting out the important locations for the weekend's events. Click the image below for a full size version.