A NATIONAL gliding event will again base itself in Leeton early in the new year.
The Skyrace GP, once known as the Formula 1.0 Gliding Grand Prix, will take to the skies again over Leeton and surrounds from January 3.
The event has been held at the Brobenah Airfield just to the north of Leeton for some years now, attracting gliders from across the country.
Last year's event was taken out by Scott Lennon, but it wasn't without drama as competitors had to cut their time short when COVID-19 meant borders would be shutting.
This year organisers have their fingers crossed the pandemic won't get in the way of the action, but has advised all participants must be double vaccinated to take part.
Event organiser and pilot Nick Gilbert said racing would take place each day of the event, weather pending.
"We'll probably spend three or four hours in the cockpit every day doing somewhere between two and four hundred kilometres," he said.
"We've got about 30 entrants and three tow planes.
"I believe the airfield is looking pretty green at the moment. The Leeton Aviators Club have again been putting in a lot of work out there."
The event will continue until January 10 when a grand champion glider will be crowned.
"It is a little bit later this year ... we wanted to give everyone a chance to spend the new year's break with their family and friends," Mr Gilbert said.
Spectators are welcome at the airfield, particularly when the gliders are taking off each day or coming in to land.
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