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 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!
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!
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Adam Lyon, 26, from Helensburgh in Scotland was killed in an incident during the Supersport 1 Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
Adam was a newcomer to the TT this year. He qualified in 24th place for today’s race with a fastest lap of 122.261 which he improved to 122.636mph on the opening lap of today’s race. His fastest lap of the TT course – 123.443 – was in Friday’s Superbike qualifying session.
Adam lapped at 122.499 as a newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2017, finishing 11thin the second Supersport race. He finished sixth in the 2010 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with podiums at Croft and Silverstone.
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and friends.