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Pither takes part in Leyburn historic sprint

 

Chris Pither and the Kanga Loaders team were proud supporters of last weekend's Historic Motor Sprints held at the picturesque Darling Downs village of Leyburn.

The Leyburn Motor Sprints mark the anniversary of Queensland's first hosting of an Australian Grand Prix on 18 September 1949, a day when the population of the small town swelled to over 30,000.

1949 represented just the third year that the AGP had been reintroduced on the annual sporting calendar after a seven-year lay-off between 1940 and 1946. World War II had played a significant part in all activities in Australia during that time and ironically it too would provide another chapter to the Leyburn story when an abandoned WW II airstrip just outside of the main township was used for the event, won by John Crouch in a Delahaye at an average speed of 145 kph around the 6.9 km circuit.

This weekend was the 11th running of the Historic Sprints, with approximately 15,000 people attending over the two days.

V8 Supercars Australia and TEGA granted Partington RacePrep, who run the Kanga Loaders V8 Supercar, permission to run the AU Falcon and regular driver Chris Pither entertained the crowd with 12 runs through the tyre barriers and hay bales that line the rural street course.

Pither's Kanga Loader's Falcon recorded second-fastest time for the weekend, eight-hundredths of a second slower than Ray Vandersee's Skelta G-Force, a fantastic sports car somewhat appropriately designed and manufactured locally in Toowoomba.

The Leyburn Motor Sprints provide a great financial fillip for this rural town, and Kanga Loaders and Partington RacePrep proudly presented a prize of a hot lap around Leyburn in their V8 Supercar. The raffle conducted on Sunday raised more than $800 for the event committee, which will be invested back into Leyburn to improve spectator, camping, and safety facilities.

Judy Baxter of Ipswich won the ride. Coming from a family of motorsport enthusiasts, appropriately she had arrived for her first visit to the Leyburn Sprints in a 1964 Ford Futura hard-top coupe.

Next outing for Chris Pither and his Kanga Loaders Falcon is Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship at Mallala, north of Adelaide, on 15 to 17 September.

Catch all the action on TV ONE on Sunday, 27 August, between 3 pm and 6 pm.

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