Sprints on start­ing grid

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Af­ter a decade’s re­cess, the Cen­tral Otago Mo­tor­sport Club will bring the Cromwell Street Sprints back to town. Event co-or­gan­iser Grant Keen said hard work had been put in by the club dur­ing the past six months to host the race and en­sure the race was safe. The 1.5-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit will fol­low Wolter Cres, Hughes Cres, Pinot Noir Dr, Chardon­nay St and Ceme­tery Rd and will in­clude tech­ni­cal cor­ners, chi­canes and straights for an ‘‘ex­cit­ing spec­ta­cle’’. Fifty-six driv­ers from the lower South Is­land will face off in a range of cars. Each com­peti­tor will get a prac­tice round of the track be­fore com­pet­ing in three timed rounds. Event co-or­gan­iser Justin Mar­shall, who works as a pre­ci­sion driver, said that as well as work­ing be­hind the scenes, both he and Mr Keen would take to the track. The pub­lic will have the chance to view all the cars and meet the driv­ers when they check in on Oc­to­ber 27, the day be­fore the event, out­side Garry’s Garage in Cromwell. Prizes will be given and the driver who records the fastest time on the day will take home a tro­phy.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Ready for the off: Cromwell Street Sprints co-or­gan­is­ers Grant Keen and Justin Mar­shall with Grant’s 1982 Al­pha Romeo for the Cromwell Street Sprints on Oc­to­ber 28.

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