Category: Road Racing

Thursday night update

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Due to a change in schedule, the Sidecars had got the evening underway at 6.30pm and it was the Birchalls who were again first away followed by John Holden/Dan Sayle, Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau, Dave Molyneux/Daryl Gibson and the Manx Crowe brothers.
Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde made an early stop just after Union Mills before proceeding but all the sector times had the Birchalls as comfortably the quickest and that proved to be the case as they completed the opening lap at 117.516mph. The quickest lap of the week so far, that was some 19.5s quicker than the Crowes whose lap of 115.564mph was another personal best.
Newcomer driver Harry Payne, with Mark Wilkes, went third quickest (112.398mph) with Lee Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (112.354mph) and Reeves/Rousseau (112.34mph). 17-time winner Molyneux was sixth (110.827mph) just ahead of Paul Leglise/Melanie Farnier (110.236mph) but both Holden/Sayle and Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie had stopped out on track.
The Birchalls pulled in to make some set up changes but the Crowes went straight through for a second lap only to retire at Sulby Crossroads. That meant it was Reeves/Rousseau who were first to complete their second lap, at 113.708mph which was six seconds up on Blackstock/Rosney who improved to 113.137mph.
Payne/Wilkes upped their pace to 112.798mph whilst Steve and Matty Ramsden moved into sixth on the leaderboard with a best ever lap of the TT Course of 111.903mph, and although the Birchalls posted another 117mph+ lap, their first lap remained the quicker of the two.

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Monday Night Sidecar Session Cancelled

Monday Night Sidecar Session Cancelled due to red flag in previous session. Sam West injured but OK.

From @ttracesofficial

“Sam West was involved an incident near Laurel Bank, reported as conscious with hand and leg injuries. The fire service were required to extinguish his machine and he has been airlifted to Noble’s Hospital.”

“We are still managing the incident and by the time we’ve got the solo riders back, it will be too late. Unfortunately tonight’s Sidecar session will now be cancelled.”

TT 2022 – Sidecar QUALIFYING 1

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Names/ Laps/Speed/Time/

  • 5 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley  2 112.426 20:08.149
  • 1 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall  2 111.908 20:13.752 +05.602
  • 15 Harry Payne / Mark Wilkes  3 110.364 20:30.727 +16.975
  • 10 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde  3 109.665 20:38.574 +07.846
  • 12 Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie  3 109.292 20:42.796 +04.222
  • 3 Tim Reeves / Kevin Rousseau  3 109.128 20:44.661 +01.864
  • 9 Conrad Harrison / Andrew Winkle  3 108.327 20:53.872 +09.210
  • 8 Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney  1 108.247 20:54.798 +00.926
  • 14 Estelle Leblond / Clement Carre  3 107.157 21:07.563 +12.764
  • 18 Gary Gibson / Tom Christie  3 106.359 21:17.067 +09.503
  • 2 John Holden / Jason Pitt  3 106.148 21:19.615 +02.548
  • 36 Paul Leglise / Melanie Farnier  1 104.458 21:40.307 +20.691
  • 34 Roger Stockton / Bradley Stockton  3 104.235 21:43.088 +02.780
  • 29 Bruce Moore / Ashley Moore  2 103.106 21:57.367 +14.279
  • 19 Greg Lambert / Ben Mcbride  2 101.869 22:13.357 +15.989
  • 25 Craig Melvin / Stuart Christian  2 101.721 22:15.300 +01.943
  • 27 Michael Russell / Freddy Lelubez   2 100.479 22:31.806 +16.505
  • 22 Gordon Shand / Frank Claeys  2 99.794 22:41.0852 +09.278
  • 37 Alun Thomas / Kenneth Cole  2 99.574 22:44.0972 +03.012
  • 31 Shaun Chandler / Ben Chandler  3 99.242 22:48.654 +04.557
  • 28 Andy King / Andrew Sigsworth  3 99.076 22:50.952 +02.298
  • 4 Dave Molyneux / Daryl Gibson  1 95.056 23:48.920 +57.967
  • 40 Goulven Crochemore / Marlene Lelubez  3 94.083 24:03.701 +14.781
  • 23 John Saunders / James Saunders  1 93.779 24:08.388 +04.687
  • 11 Steve Ramsden / Mathew Ramsden  1 83.119 27:14.130 +03:05.742
  • 39 Cesar Chanal / Olivier Lavorel  2 78.886 28:41.818 +01:27.687
  • 30 Maria Costello Mbe / Vicky Cooke  1 78.3102 28:54.445 +12.627
  • 16 Wayne Lockey / Matthew Rostron  1 73.520 30:47.489 +01:53.044
  • 38 Mark Codd / Liam Gordon  1 66.516 34:02.043 +03:14.553
  • 24 Craig Currie / Justin Sharp  2—0.0000:00.000
  • 20 Rob Handcock / Shaun Parker  ——
  • 33 John Shipley / Mark Gash  ——
  • 7 Ryan Crowe / Callum Crowe  ——
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THE FHO Racing name is set to make its Isle of Man TT Sidecar debut at this year’s event as it reveals an exciting new association with Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley.

Faye Ho’s ever-expanding squad is delighted to be sponsoring multiple British F2 champion and TT podium-finisher Founds as he and Walmsley head back to the island to contest the iconic event.

Founds and Walmsley are regarded as one of the leading partnerships in the modern sidecar era and will set off fifth at this year’s TT.

Having traditionally run under the Team Founds banner, this year brings a change as the squad appears in FHO colours. The outfit has been out for a few events already this year, including the FSRA British F2 Championship, which Founds and Walmsley currently lead.

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Isle of Man TT Races Set to be Completely Carbon Neutral For The First Time


The Department for Enterprise is making steps to reduce the carbon footprint of this year’s Isle of Man TT Races with the recent appointment of strategic partner, Pozitive Group.

The partnership will result in the first carbon neutral TT as Isle of Man based Pozitive Group have committed to funding a carbon offsetting programme that will cover the total emissions created by the Isle of Man TT Races including international visitor travel.

The full carbon impact is estimated to be around 5000 tonnes of carbon based on data from 2019, however the total 2022 emissions will be calculated post-event using a number of verified data sources, including the official race reports to capture racing emissions and the statistics from the 2022 TT Visitor Survey to calculate the impact of attendees, including travel data. Pozitive Group will also carry out a broader on-event assessment of any additional factors that may contribute to the final carbon emissions calculation.

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Increased Live Coverage of Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races

Monday May 23, 2022 at 2:19pm

Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races are pleased to confirm that Manx Radio will be once again broadcasting live coverage of the opening event of the 2022 TT Festival from the Colas Billown Course commencing on Friday 27th May.

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Maria Costello MBE joins new TT presenting team as an expert pundit for this year’s Isle of Man TT races.

Maria Costello MBE has been revealed as an expert pundit for this year’s Isle of Man TT races, which returns for the first time in two years offering fans more ways to follow with live uninterrupted TV coverage of the world’s greatest road races.

Maria, who held the Guinness World Record for five years as the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course, joins a fantastic line-up of presenters, commentators and pundits who will deliver all the action, reaction and insight direct to smart TVs or devices. 

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Costello Racing


Maria Costello MBE will race on both two and four wheels when she competes in the prestigious Goodwood Revival at the weekend (September 17-19).
The Northamptonshire racer was the first woman to be invited to race in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races in 2019 and has been racing classic motorcycles at the event ever since.

Maria with the MG YB she will race with owner Richard Colburn
Image credit: Mark Saunders

The Revival provides the perfect backdrop and racing track for a historic themed meeting that recreates the glorious days of glamorous motor sport.
Formula One legend Jenson Button and 23 times TT winner John McGuinness are among those taking part in a packed programme that will see Maria compete in both motorcycle races and the St Mary’s Trophy car race and become the first woman to race both classic two wheeled and four wheeled machinery.

Both races are a two-rider or driver affair. Maria will team up with Gordon Russell on a 1961 Norton Manx 30M owned by his wife Sally Russell (who is also the Deputy Clerk of the Course for the bike races). The race is run in two parts and starts on Saturday in Le Mans style with one rider running across the track to leap on the running bike held by their team-mate and concludes with the second half held on the Sunday.

Classic car racing is still something new for Maria who was given her first experiences on four wheels thanks to Julius Thurgood, who runs the HRDC. He introduced Maria to her Revival team mate Richard Colburn, who is running three cars alongside his two sons, James and Ben, and their team-mates. Maria and Richard will be sharing a 1953 MG YB in the St Mary’s Trophy two-part race that runs on Saturday and Sunday.

Maria said: “I always feel so privileged to be invited to compete at the Revival. It’s an absolute highlight of the motorsport calendar and I love every moment, from the dressing up in period costume to racing on this incredibly fast track onboard classic machinery. I adore the nostalgia and heritage that is brought to life. I didn’t think it could get any better but having the opportunity to race both two and four wheels has done that, I want to thank everyone who has made this possible and I can’t wait to savour the amazing experience and atmosphere!”

Maria gets to try out the Russell Manx Norton in a CRMC parade.
By Neil Kirby

The circuit is just one part of the period backdrop. The glamorous costumes of the era are worn by all who attend, including spectators, and the sights and sounds of the racing along with all the additional entertainment take you back to the halcyon days of motorsport, to find out more & buy your event tickets/hospitality head to the Goodwood Revival website.

Costello Racing


Maria Costello MBE continues to improve in sidecar racing despite a stand-in passenger at the BMCRC-MRO Championship at Donington Park last weekend.
Looking to build on the previous meeting’s positive race results at Croft with the FSRA British Championship, the pairing of Maria and passenger Vicky were keen to return to Donington Park with increased confidence as they felt they had unfinished business there after a lacklustre event earlier in the year.

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Costello Racing


Maria Costello MBE enjoyed a weekend of racing both her sidecar and the Mark Coverdale Paton at the North East Motorcycle Racing Club’s Battle of Britain meeting that featured a round of the FSRA F2 British Championship at Croft.
Racing at the North Yorkshire track for the first time, Maria took the Mark Coverdale Paton as well as her sidecar to Dalton-on-Tees to help with learning the track she had never seen before.

Maria & Vicky qualifying for the FSRA race in the wet.
Image Credit: Brian Blackett
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