The Historic Leyburn Sprints organisers are working toward the scheduled 22-23 August 2020 date (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: The Historic Leyburn Sprints organisers are working toward the scheduled 22-23 August 2020 date (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Organisers of the Historic Leyburn Sprints will press on with preparations for the 25th annual event on 22-23 August, despite current uncertainty due to the Covid-19 virus.

The Sprints’ community-based organising committee decided on the action at a meeting in the southern Darling Downs township last weekend.

“The event is still five months away and we have all our fingers crossed that we will be able to go ahead,” Sprints President Tricia Chant said.

“But there’s a lot of work to do and we need to tackle it now, regardless of Covid-19.

“If we’re forced by the virus pandemic to miss the August 22-23 weekend, we do also have some contingency plans in place which may include delaying the event for a couple of months.

“Meanwhile, we’re urging all our potential competitors to use any enforced time at home to get their cars well and truly ready for what will be an especially welcome return of historic and classic motorsport.”

Expressions of interest for entries are due to open next month, with information about new camping options to be announced after that.

A range of special events is being planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sprints, which commemorate the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix and attract more than 200 historic, classic and performance cars and up to 10,000 spectators. Proceeds benefit local community organisations and projects.

The Queensland Government’s Queensland Destination Events Program and the Southern Downs Regional Council provide financial assistance to help promote the Sprints and attract visitors to the Southern Downs region. The Leyburn Historic Sprints were named 2017 Queensland Motor Sport Event of the Year.