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AMOS SCORCHES TO NEW RECORD WITH FOURTH STRAIGHT LEYBURN WIN

Dean Amos (left) and David Cross race to their respective victories at the 2017 Historic Leyburn Sprints. (by Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO (by Trapnell Creations): Dean Amos (left) and David Cross race to their respective victories at the 2017 Historic Leyburn Sprints.

Defending champion Dean Amos slashed almost two seconds off his own lap record to claim a fourth straight outright title at the 22nd Historic Leyburn Sprints at the weekend.

The Lismore-based racer set a time of 40.5651 sec. in a Gould GR55B single-seater on the sixth of seven runs against the clock around a one-kilometre street course in the Darling Downs township of Leyburn, around 200 kilometres west of Brisbane.

Winning the Col Furness Memorial Trophy, Amos became the second most successful Sprints competitor after Toowoomba’s Ray Vandersee, who has won six times. The Sprints celebrate the 1949 running of the Australian Grand Prix on a disused wartime aerodrome just outside Leyburn.

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LEYBURN SPRINTS CHAMP TARGETS FOUR IN A ROW WITH NEW INDYCAR-POWERED RACER

Dean Amos’s Gould GR55B V8 aims to set a new record at the 2017 Historic Leyburn Sprints.

PHOTO: Dean Amos’s Gould GR55B V8 aims to set a new record at the 2017 Historic Leyburn Sprints.

Defending champion Dean Amos will debut the fastest car seen at the Historic Leyburn Sprints when he attempts to win a fourth straight outright title at the event’s 22nd annual edition this weekend.

The Lismore-based racer has replaced his familiar Gould GR37 single-seater with a newer Gould GR55B and hopes to beat his record of 42.5447 seconds for the 1.0 kilometre round-the-houses street course - as well as his rivals.

With 650 horsepower (485 kiloWatts) from an Indycar-based McLaren-Nicholson V8 engine and weighing just 450 kilograms – less than a third that of a typical family sedan – the English-built Gould will be a handful around Leyburn’s tight turns, Amos predicts.

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LITTLE MG TO STAR AT LEYBURN SPRINTS 68 YEARS AFTER FAILED GRAND PRIX BID

MG TB single-seater from the 1949 Australian Grand Prix

PHOTO: MG TB single-seater from the 1949 Australian Grand Prix

A little pre-war car that once tried to win Australia’s biggest motor race will return as a star of the 22nd Historic Leyburn Sprints on 19-20 August.

Already 10 years old, the MG TB single-seater driven by Jack Nind retired with engine failure during the 1949 Australian Grand Prix at Leyburn, the biggest event in the history of the tiny Darling Downs town and a forerunner of the modern-day Formula 1 race in Melbourne.

After contesting three other Australian Grands Prix and many other events over the years, the MG will take another run at a Leyburn win in the annual round-the-houses Sprints alongside more than 200 other historic, classic and performance cars.

 

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LEYBURN FEATURES ON CRUISE MODE TV

This episode of OXYGEN360's new weekly motoring show Cruise Mode was broadcast on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Channel 10 and then on ONE HD and is available on Tenplay for catch-up viewing. Tune in to see the full show or any other weekly episodes or for "Cruise Mode TV" on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

AMOS GRABS VICTORY ON LAST RUN AT 20TH LEYBURN SPRINTS

Dean Amos clinched his second Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy on his last run (Trapnell Creations pic).

PHOTO: Dean Amos clinched his second Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy on his last run (Trapnell Creations pic).

DEAN Amos, driving a Gould GR37 Judd V8, captured his second straight outright trophy at the 20th Historic Leyburn Sprints today.

Amos, from Lismore, NSW, put his English-built hillclimb special around the 1.0 kilometre Leyburn street course in 42.954 seconds, taking more than a second off his 2014 record and beating arch-rival and 2012-13 winner Warwick Hutchinson, in a rotary-engined Van Dieman.

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RARE BRABHAM RACER A LAST-MINUTE ATTRACTION FOR 20TH LEYBURN SPRINTS

Sir Jack Brabham’s rare BT23C-1 set for the Historic Leyburn Sprints

PHOTO: Sir Jack Brabham’s rare BT23C-1 set for the Historic Leyburn Sprints.

A RARE racing car built and raced by Sir Jack Brabham has been confirmed as a last-minute attraction at the 20th Historic Leyburn Sprints, which will celebrate the life of the late triple Formula 1 World Champion next weekend.

The 1967 BT23C-1 single-seater will appear in demonstration runs across the two-day time trials event, staged on the closed streets of the tiny Darling Downs town.

A near-record total of 230 historic, classic and performance cars spanning 90 years has been entered for the Sprints, which celebrate the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix on an ex-wartime airfield outside the town.

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2014 ENTRIES SPAN THE MOTORING DECADES

ALMOST 200 cars spanning nine decades of motoring will line up for the 19th annual Historic Leyburn Sprints.

The oldest starter will be an Indy Special single-seater based on a 1934 Ford V8 and driven by its Brisbane-based builder Rod McMullin.

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’49 AGP ATTRACTED 30,000 PEOPLE

EVEN today, a crowd of 30,000 at most sports events would be regarded as a decent size, but imagine the atmosphere when that many turned out at a remote spot on the Darling Downs to watch the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.

The date was September 18, the location a disused wartime airstrip near Leyburn. It was the first grand prix staged in Queensland and enthusiasm to resume motor racing was high after the war.

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