Port Lincoln sprint event on its way

ORGANISATION of the Teakle Auto Sprint Port Lincoln event is nearing completion six months ahead of schedule, with elements including the track route finalised.

Organisers are happy with its progress with local businesses lending their support.

Elements including a track plan, approvals and a safety assessment for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) have been completed.

A sign indicating the Auto Sprint’s start line has also been erected on the corner of Eyre and London Streets, near the Port Lincoln Yacht Club.

Teakle Auto Sprint committee chair Tony Rodda said overall the event was 90 per cent organised.

“We’re meeting with emergency services, police and transport companies to get everyone together so everyone knows where they are going to be on the day,” he said.

The event has received 60 entries out of 75 with the street car class now full.

It has been garnering attention and was also a top 10 finalist in the Brand SA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Regional Awards.

Committee vice-chair Hagen Zerk said it was incredible for Port Lincoln to get this attention from motoring media such as motoring.com.au.

“We’ve been talking to some (entrants) who said they were coming to stay for at least a week or two weeks, which will boost tourism for Port Lincoln,” he said.

“It’s getting bigger than what we first intended it to be.”

The committee did some further promoting with a display at Sunday’s Port Lincoln Air Show.

However Mr Rodda said the event has reached this stage thanks to assistance from a number of Port Lincoln businesses. 

This includes transport companies assisting in the track set up, concrete businesses providing barriers and a local business design company creating a map of the track.

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