The TT Festival finishes off just like it starts – with a series of races from the Billown Circuit in Castletown and just like the Pre-TT this event is unmissable.
It is a smaller event, in comparison, but a great way to get your final racing fix before ending your TT journey and sailing home, so if you can fit it in your itinerary – do so!
This year saw three hotly contested races, namely the 600cc machines in Race 1, the 250cc / 650cc Twins in Race 2 and 1100cc Machines in the final race. In the same vain as the past fortnight lap and race records fell with new lap records in every race and new over all race records in the 250cc / 650cc Race along with the superbike race!
2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races Results 26/05/2018 – 27/05/2018 : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/02/2018-blackfords-pre-tt-classic-road-races-results-26-05-2018-27-05-2018/
27/05/2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, Billown Circuit, Castletown, Isle of Man – Gallery : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/08/27-05-2018-blackfords-pre-tt-classic-road-races-billown-circuit-castletown-isle-of-man-gallery/
Check out the Southern100 website for all the info, past results and details on all upcoming events right here : https://www.southern100.com
2018 Radcliffe Butchers Post-TT Road Races : Race 1 : CuPlas Callow 600cc Race :
Check out the lap by lap breakdown for each competitor here : https://www.southern100.com/results/2018/posttt/18posttt1_laps.pdf
After 2 weeks of glorious sunshine on the Isle of Man – coupled with lap records falling across all classes, almost daily, the stage was set for an epic PokerStars Senior TT.
Michael Dunlop was almost late for the start, in typical Michael Dunlop style – so nothing to worry about there. Dean Harrison started off with the same pace he has shown all week – warp speed! Peter Hickman decided warp speed was the gear for him too and the stage was set for an awesome battle between these two.
Conor Cummings was the first man on the road and he pushed hard throughout coming out the other side with a 3rd place finish and an amazing result for the #padgettsarmy
James Hillier suffered a catastrophic incident on the first lap which resulted in his bike dumping it’s oil all over the course. Michael Rutter was the first rider through the incident, followed by Michael Dunlop. Neither rider really seemed to recover from it nor the four laps of waved yellow flag that resulted.
Ben and Tom Birchall on their Honda machine again show the world how to pilot a sidecar taking the honours and another Isle of Man double! Well done those men!
You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 RST Superbike race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0806/0806-sidecar-2-lap-by-lap.pdf
My trip over to this year’s (2018) Isle of Man TT Races got me there just in time for the final race session from the Billown Circuit, – the Pre-TT in Castletown. This session is generally held on the Monday at the start of practice week however this year it has been moved to the Sunday (one day before). This works well as it means you can sit relax and enjoy the racing without having to worry about getting to your chosen spot on the TT Circuit for the Monday night practice.
Also the Sunday night of practice week was traditionally a bit slack, with very little going on. That has now all changed as we now have racing all day and evening.
The Pre-TT runs in Castletown, Isle of Man on the Billown Circuit on the Friday, Saturday (1st Day of Practice) and Sunday. This year that was 25th – 27th May but to be sure you keep up to date subscribe to the TBNI.Blog Road Racing Calendar – it automatically updates so you will never miss another meeting! http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/
The official website of the Pre-TT Races can be found here : http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/
The Southern 100 series markets itself as ‘the Friendly Races’ and ‘Road Racing’s Biggest Secret’ and that’s a pretty fair representation.
This muti bike start meeting covers classics, junior and senior as well as classic suberbikes and sidecars.
The crowds are not massive (they deserve to be) – the people are friendly the pits are wide open with the riders all working hard and happy to interact with the spectators.
If you like a grandstand there are a couple near to the start / finish line where seats start at the princely sum of £1.00!
Drinks, food, refreshments, souvenirs etc are all there and all reasonably priced – all in all this is a great meeting, very akin to any of the Irish / Northern Irish National meetings and although the crowds weren’t huge it has a very loyal following with plenty of visitors coming from the Emerald Isle (and all over) purely for this meeting and the heading home before the TT proper even gets underway. That in itself is a fine testament to this meeting and it really should make it onto everyone’s to do list.
Check out the results of the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races here :
One of the most divisive things on race week is the TT Zero – are they ‘real’ bikes? Is a TT Zero win a ‘real’ win? Of course they are real bikes, of course it is a real win. Yes at the moment it is only one lap but the race distance is equivalent to a full race at Tandragee, Cookstown, Armoy, even the NW200 so of course it is a ‘real’ win. I don’t know how or when this attitude will change, maybe in about 6 years when these bikes are lapping at 133 – 134mph. Mark my words it’s going to happen – hopefully with Bruce Anstey as the pilot. Today however the congratulations go to Michael Rutter for a sound real TT win on the real bike – the Mugen!
You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 SES TT Zero Race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0606/0606-supersport-2-lap-by-lap.pdf
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Bennett’s Lightweight TT 06/06/2018 :
Michael Dunlop takes his tally to a ridiculously impressive 18 TT wins today following this Lightweight win and another huge show of strength from that green machine – the Paton!
You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 Bennetts Lightweight TT race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0606/Bennetts-Lightweight-lap-by-lap.pdf
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Monster Energy Supersport Race #2 06/06/2018
Dean Harrison is absolutely on fire this year as shown again in this Supersport race :
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RL360 Superstock Race 04/06/2018 :
In a hotly contested superstock race Peter Hickman got his first top step podium Isle of Man TT win beating Michael Dunlop by approximately 4.5 seconds with a best lap and new Superstock record of 134.403 mph – no that is not a misprint, and no that was not on a superbike! Amazing stuff from Hicky on his Smiths Racing BMW!