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One of the Isle of Man’s leading sidecar drivers, Michael Jackson, will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, this year, with the Manxman contesting the two Sidecar races.

Joined by passenger Harry Payne, Jackson, who won the 2017 ACU British Formula Two Sidecar Cup, will compete in the two three-lap races on a newly acquired DMR chassis built by 17-time TT winner and fellow Manxman Dave Molyneux. The outfit will use a 600cc GSXR Suzuki engine.

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Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole has announced he is to return to the Isle of Man to compete in the 2018 TT festival. He has teamed up with former passenger Rob Biggs to ride a brand new F2 outfit built by Dean Ryde.

It is several years since Horspole last took part in the two three lap Sidecar races on the 37.73 mile mountain roads course along where, with his long time passenger Kevin Leigh, he enjoyed success. The pair rode to seven top 10 finishes including a second place in 2000 and two third places in 1998 and 2002.

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The Official Launch of the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will take place on Wednesday 21st March at the Villa Marina.

The most famous names in TT racing will be in attendance at the event to talk about their preparations and ambitions ahead of the 2018 event.

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Rising stars Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney will be firmly aiming for a podium position in the two Sidecar Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Blackburn duo lining up as team-mates to John Holden and Lee Cain in the Silicone Engineering Team.

Blackstock, 26, and Rosney, 23, will be part of an expanded Silicone Engineering set-up in June with the pairing set to pilot Holden’s TT-winning LCR Honda, a switch from the Suzuki power unit they used in 2017.

11am Friday: 2 hour delay to this schedule announced so far, just to let the course dry.

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All the Thursday schedule at the TT has been cancelled. 

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Ben and Tom Birchall took a record breaking Sure Formula Two Sidecar race win on Monday afternoon at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races with the Mansfield brothers taking their fifth TT victory and setting a new outright lap record of 117.119mph.

Their eventual winning margin over John Holden/Lee Cain was 25.6s with Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle holding onto third as the weather closed in on the final lap. It was the Manxman’s 30th podium in his 50th TT start.

The Birchalls made their intentions clear from the outset and opened up a 3.4s lead over Holden/Cain through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Molyneux/Sayle a further second behind in third. The Founds brothers, Alan and Pete, with Jake Lowther and Jevan Walmsley in the respective chairs, were occupying fourth and fifth as Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes held sixth.

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I'm sure a report will follow very soon, but for now the official results from iomtt.com 

Congraulations Ben and Tom on the win, a new record lap of 117mph is just incredible, brilliantly done gentlemen! 

Click read more.. 

Thanks to Andy Haynes who posted this up, I couldn't find it on the TT site having an old bloke moment- SE..

The start list for TT Sidecar Race One, now due to start on Monday. 

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At 12.40pm, it was the turn of the F2 Sidecars and although Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle elected to miss the session, the Birchall brothers made their intentions clear with an opening lap of 114.61mph.

However, on their second lap, the Mansfield pair stopped at the 11th Milestone to make adjustments and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther were quickest second time around at 112.703mph.

There was an announcement just around 3pm in the paddock that tonight's practice has been cancelled due to poor weather. 

There is another announcement expected around 4pm we hear.. .will update if we find out anything. 

Update at 16.00

The Sidecar Race A will now be on Monday, with Saturday having 2 Sidecar qualifying sessions, the Superbike race has also been put back to Sunday.. more updates once the list is published.

Friday Practices
18.20 to 19.40 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
19.45 to 20.40 Sidecars
20.40 to 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Saturday Practices

10.40 - 12.00 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
12.05 - 13.05 Sidecar Qualifying
14.10 - 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) practice session
15.40 - 16.30 Sidecar practice session
16.35 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport practice (1 lap)
17.00 TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)

Sunday Practice (Superbike Race is Sunday as well)
16.25 Sidecar Practice (1 lap)
16.40 TT Zero Practice (1 lap)

Race Schedule

SUNDAY 4TH JUNE
14.00 TT Superbike Race 1 (6 laps)
MONDAY 5TH JUNE
10.45 TT Supersport Race 1 (4 laps)
14.15 Sidecar Race (3 laps)
TUESDAY 6TH JUNE
12.15 TT Superstock (4 laps)
WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE
10.45 TT Supersport Race 2 (4 laps)
13.45 TT Lightweight Race (4 laps)
16.25 TT Zero Race (1 lap)
FRIDAY 9TH JUNE
10.30 TT Sidecar Race 2 (3 laps)
12.45 Senior TT Race (6 laps)

 

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“Team Shand Racing” set off to the 2017 Isle of Man TT races on Wednesday 24th May.

With one week on the island not a lot of laps have been done due to bad weather. Although the weather was hot and sunny for three days running up to the first full weekend on the island, no practice had been scheduled.

With this long wait, it was an opportune time to get some good preparation done to the “Shand Chassis” Honda.
Driver Gordon, managed to get a lot of engine work done in the mobile workshop in the back of the team truck, he was really happy with the progress he managed to get done to some engines. Passenger Phil started making adjustments to the fairing and some small changes to the ever important handholds he uses. Mechanic Douglas “The Professor” started checking over the chassis, making some adjustments; he also did a lot of work to the front brakes, and fabricated a new oil catchment tray. While this was all going on the team were well fed and watered by the “Boss” Sandra.

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Hyundai heavy industries British Sidecar Championship f600 front runners Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa made a surprise entry to the Pre TT Classic races at the Billown circuit.

With Greg only acquiring the outfit and deciding to compete just a few weeks before the event, also missing first practise due to a lanyard fault, there were big smiles in the team as they qualified 4th fastest having only 4 laps on the bike together.

This turned a few heads in the paddock, having such little bike time and bearing in mind that Julie hadn't even sat on a classic outfit before!

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We have the times from Tuesday, the only session run so far.click read more. 

Tonight's session (Wednesday) was going to be just round as far as Ramsey and then controlled speed back to the Grandstand just to get the teams some laps in and give them a chance to check set up due to adverse weather on the Mountain. The airmed can't fly at all now so even that has been called off. 

A frustrating week so far..