Gary Bryan appointed Paddock Manager for RKB-F1

from Barry Nutley

When crews arrive at Cadwell Park for the opening round of the 2020 season, there will be a new face responsible for all Sidecar Paddock disciplines and behaviour.

Gary Bryan

The vastly experienced Gary Bryan has enjoyed a long sidecar association, with Isle of Man TT success to his name, as well as F1 and F2 Championship honours.

Stepping back from active short-circuit competition to care-take and manage his stepson Todd Ellis, Gary has accepted the role of Paddock Manager for Roger Body’s RKB-F1 organisation. This wealth of experience, combined with Gary’s “no-nonsense” manner, will be ideally suited to the many challenges facing him on every race weekend

The role has been officially recognised by MSVR with whom he will be working closely on BSB weekends, ensuring the Sidecar fraternity maintains its high standards.

All crews are therefore reminded that Gary is working on behalf of them and the sidecar family in general to maximise and maintain the good reputation we have earned over many seasons.

We all wish Gary all the best in this new venture and give him our total support. 

Media Matters Barry Nutley

Dave and Max: Not the TT 2020 Fundraising for Manx Solidarity Fund

From JUSTINE MOLYNEUX

So Dave is cycling around the TT course this Friday on Not “senior race day “ please support Dave as he does a lap of the TT with Max Walker.

Continue reading “Dave and Max: Not the TT 2020 Fundraising for Manx Solidarity Fund”

Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund – 25/03/2020

Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with:

Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund – 25/03/2020

Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with:

1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes:

• 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use

• 4 Multipurpose Patient Monitors for use on wards or Intensive Care

• 5 Suction Units

• 8 Adult Advanced Life Support Bags

• 3 Paediatric Advanced Life Support Bags

• 130 Immediate care cases (prepacked with lifesaving medical equipment)

• 130 Scoop Stretchers

• All extra medical equipment currently held in stock

2. We have made available our three frontline ambulances should they be required. These assets have a total value of £750,000

3. The unpaid volunteers of the Hogg Motorsport Association are currently on standby to assist the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in any way they can. We remain committed to supporting the Health Service and the Manx community while the Covid-19 Pandemic continues in any way we can.

We wish to thank everyone who has donated to the Rob Vine Fund which makes this gesture possible. The Directors of the Rob Vine Fund.

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY SOUTHERN 100 ROAD RACES 2020

From Phil Edge:-

Southern 100 Racing held a meeting of its senior race officials on Wednesday evening 18th March to discuss the running of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races either on the scheduled dates of 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th July or possibly postpone them until later in the year.

by Phil Edge

Southern 100 Racing held a meeting of its senior race officials on Wednesday evening 18th March to discuss the running of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races either on the scheduled dates of 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th July or possibly postpone them until later in the year.

It was decided after discussion regarding the present and on-going situation regarding the Coronavirus 19 crisis and the announcement by the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister earlier today that the current situation could continue for at least a further six months and after consultation with the club’s Chief Medical Officer regarding the availability of Doctors and Paramedics to cover the races, many of whom travel from the UK, that it is unlikely that they will able to leave their respective positions, we would have insufficient cover to run the races on the scheduled dates or any other.

The Doctors, Paramedics and other medical people who live on the Island will be similarly occupied at Nobles & Ramsey Cottage Hospital and other Medical practices and will like their UK counterparts will be involved with the COVID-19 cover and unlikely to be allowed to take leave.

Added to the lack of medical cover there is also the likelihood of a shortage of Race Marshals due to travel restrictions presently in place which may well be increased between now and July and could result in less than the required number of marshals available to man the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.

It was therefore decided by the Race Committee, very reluctantly to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races.

The Committee left it was better to take this decision now, rather than defer on a monthly basis in the hope that Medical cover would become available at the ‘last minute’.

Whilst it is major disappointment for the race organisers, we know that the announcement will be met with a similar response from competitors and race fans who enjoy attending the ‘friendly races’ year on year and Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming you all back to the Billown Course in 2021.

This also means that the postponement of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races announced in a Media Release on Monday 16th March are now also cancelled. Competitors who have entered will be contacted by the Race or Club Secretary in the next few days.

The dates of the 2021 Road Races on the Billown Course are:

Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races

Friday, Saturday & Monday 28th, 29th & 31st May 2021

Silicone Racing Post TT Road Races

Saturday 12th June 2010

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July 2021

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – ACU Statement Update 17/03/20

It is with regret that the ACU are suspending all competition and social activity until 30th April 2020, but this will be constantly reviewed. This is in response to the emerging guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Statement on Covid-19
On behalf of ACU    

It is with regret that the ACU are suspending all competition and social activity until 30th April 2020, but this will be constantly reviewed. This is in response to the emerging guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.   

All permits for events during this time will be cancelled and reimbursed in full to the organising club/ promoter.    As the National Governing Body would ask all ACU Members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time. We have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.   

As of writing (17th March 2020) HM Government have advised: 

  • – Persons to work from home where possible 
  • – People over the age of 70 to minimise social contact 
  • – Emergency services will not support mass gatherings 
  • – Stop non-essential travel  
  • – Avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas  

This statement is supported in its entirety by AMCA

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Joint Oliver’s Mount Racing / 243 Road Racing Association Statement re Coronavirus.

Due to Government advice regarding the avoidance of mass gatherings, slowing the spread of the virus and not tying up essential NHS resource during the current situation, we have taken the unavoidable decision to postpone the Spring Cup from 18th / 19th April

Due to Government advice regarding the avoidance of mass gatherings, slowing the spread of the virus and not tying up essential NHS resource during the current situation, we have taken the unavoidable decision to postpone the Spring Cup from 18th / 19th April and we will be seeking approval from The ACU and Scarborough Borough Council to run the event as The Summer Cup over the weekend of the 15th / 16th August 2020.

All Spring Cup and Season tickets will be valid for the new dates and if anyone purchasing advanced or season tickets cannot or does not wish to attend the Summer Cup, they will be able to receive a refund.

At present, the Oliver’s Mount Festival, Barry Sheene Classic and Gold Cup events remain in the calendar as planned, but will be subject to further review as the situation progresses.

A further post will be released to update how those wishing to obtain a refund on tickets already purchased should progress once we have established a refund process with our ticketing partners, Duke Marketing Ltd.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, especially for those that have booked accommodation etc. but hopefully it is apparent that we have tried our best to go ahead with The Spring Cup until postponement became inevitable.

‘Prosecution for those who break quarantine’

Those who disobey new quarantine rules on Island around Coronavirus would face prosecution.

From Three FM here

Those who disobey new quarantine rules on Island around Coronavirus would face prosecution.

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, has announced this afternoon anyone arriving on Island by sea or air will have to self-isolate for 14 days as of tomorrow in efforts to prevent the global spread of COVID-19.

Health Minister, David Ashford MHK, confirmed it will be classed as an offence if those required to self-isolate are found not to be adhering to those restrictions.

Government officials have confirmed there are still no cases of the illness on Island.

TT 2020 Cancelled

From the TT Organisers.
As organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, it is with deep regret that we must cancel the 2020 event. We share in the disappointment of having no TT in this year, but whole heartedly support any decision that helps to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all residents, riders and visitors.

Isle of Man TT

Announcement from the Isle of Man TT Organisers.

As organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, it is with deep regret that we must cancel the 2020 event. We share in the disappointment of having no TT in this year, but whole heartedly support any decision that helps to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of all residents, riders and visitors.

Staging the TT is no small undertaking and it simply wouldn’t be possible without the assistance, support and goodwill of countless businesses, organisations and volunteers. We will be talking to each and every one of you over the coming days and weeks about our next steps, but would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

Both the Isle of Man and the TT Races have a long, incredible history, and have time and again proved to be as strong and resilient as they are unique. With the continued love and support of all TT fans, we can be confident that the greatest road race in the world will soon return and light up our lives once more.

A full statement on behalf of the Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise can be found here

(or on the next page of this article on this site).

For the time being, please stay safe, healthy and happy, and we’ll see you all again soon.

The Isle of Man TT Races

Sidecar legend Sayle announces retirement

From Phil Wain.

Isle of Man Sidecar TT legend Dan Sayle has today (Monday) announced his retirement from all forms of motorcycle racing with immediate effect. 

The 38-year old, an eight-time TT winner as passenger for Dave Molyneux, Klaus Klaffenbock and Tim Reeves, suffered life-changing injuries after an accident at Ballaspur during the 2018 Lightweight Classic TT race and although doctors feared he may never walk again, he remarkably fought back to race at last year’s event. However, the legacy of his injuries mean he is no longer able to compete at the level he’s become accustomed to, either on two wheels or three, and unable to withstand another crash, so has decided the time has now come to call time on his illustrious career. 

Hailing from Sulby, Sayle started his career on two wheels but in 2002 he competed in the TT for the first time, lapping at more than 104mph on his way to 12th place with Glyn Jones in the second Sidecar race, and just a year later he took his first podium after finishing third with Greg Lambert. His reputation rapidly soared and he linked up with Dave Molyneux the following year, going on to not only win both TT races but also set a new outright lap record.

A year later, the duo took another win and increased their lap record to 116.04mph, shattering their previous record of 113.17mph. In 2007, he joined forces with another Manxman, Nick Crowe, and although they were forced to retire from both races, they raised the outright lap record to 116.667mph, a mark that would remain unbroken for eight years.

The next two years saw him reunited with Molyneux with another victory coming in 2009 whilst a move to the chair of Klaffenbock in 2010 saw him enjoy more success with three victories at the TT coming in the next four races. 

Reeves then recruited him for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with Sayle’s eighth victory coming in the first race of 2013. Two further podiums followed in 2015, this time with John Holden, with his 14th and final sidecar TT podium coming in the opening race of 2017 when he took third place with Molyneux. 

His record of eight sidecar TT wins as a passenger is the joint second highest of all time alongside Rick Long, second only to Tom Birchall’s ten victories, whilst his 14 podiums is the most in the history of the event, a record he shares with German legend Wolfgang Kalauch. 

Remarkably, at the conclusion of the 2015 TT, Sayle held four of the top six fastest laps ever seen on the Mountain Course with Crowe, Holden, Klaffenbock and Reeves and had also lapped at more than 116mph with three drivers – Crowe, Molyneux and Holden.

Having taken wins with Molyneux (4), Klaffenbock (3), Reeves (1) and additional podiums with Holden and Lambert, it’s clear to see why he’s rightly recognised as one of the greatest TT sidecar passengers of all time.

Four Southern 100 Championship wins were also taken but as well as his three-wheel exploits, Sayle was also extremely successful on two wheels and took second in the 2006 Manx Grand Prix Lightweight Newcomers race finishing behind Michael Dunlop. He also won the Isle of Man 125cc Championship that year. In 2008, he took second place behind Ian Lougher in the 125cc Ultra Lightweight TT race, held on the Billown circuit, and then took an excellent win on a 250cc Honda in the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix. He repeated the victory the following year when, lapping at more than 114mph, he defeated Neil Kent by just 0.23s in one of the closest races ever witnessed on the Mountain Course. 

Rostrums continued to flow at the Southern 100 and he showed he could also master the four-strokes with third place coming in the 2011 Senior Manx Grand Prix on a 600cc Yamaha. Seventh place in the inaugural Formula One Classic TT on Bob Jackson’s RC30 Honda continued to show his amazing versatility. A third Manx Grand Prix victory came in 2016 when he won the Lightweight race once more, this time riding a 250cc Moto 3 machine, whilst another 125cc Isle of Man Championship was added in 2017. A lap of almost 118mph on a 250cc Yamaha saw him lie in second place to Bruce Anstey in the 2017 Lightweight Classic TT race before he was forced to retire on the third lap and although the crash at the same meeting the following year left him fighting for his life, he made an emotional return last September and took sixth and seventh in the Junior and Lightweight races. 

Speaking about his decision, Sayle said; “I’ve had a real good run, better than most, but sadly due to a few factors like my ongoing injuries from the crash at the 2018 Classic TT, I cannot withstand another tumble. I always said that when I felt concerned or wasn’t enjoying it the same I would stop and whilst this has been a long decision over the winter and one I’ve taken with lots of advice from the doctors, my decision is final. If I were to carry on, it would be selfish and I don’t want the feeling of leaving a hole in the lives of my loved ones.”“After the injuries I received in 2018, my finest moment in racing is probably last year’s Classic TT after lying in hospital not even knowing if I would even be able to walk again. I rode as hard as I could and sat in my van for a good while afterwards in pain. It was my hardest race ever and I pretty much knew then it was over so I’m happy to bow out on a high. I’ve had so many people help me over the years and it would take me another year to count all of them but I’d like to thank everybody that has helped me in any form over my time in racing. I have other avenues I want to go down now and enjoy my life doing what I like doing and my other interests. I’ve had a good run and it’s time to slow down.” 

Pictures by Stephen Davison (SD), Mark Walters (MW) and Phil Wain (PW)