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!
The pair, who currently sit 3rd in the British Championship F600 cup, were raring to go for the first race Monday morning, which was very wet! Lining up 4th on the grid, Greg and Julie got a great start and by the second lap they had got their 'Imp' powered Windle machine up to second place. However whilst enjoying a good battle with Rod Bellas and Danny Quirk, the pairing just clipped the kerb at Ballakeighan, forcing them to run wide and up onto the outside kerb stalling the machine in the process. They managed to get the bike going again after checking everything was ok and re-joined in 7th place. With Julie working hard on the back complementing the bikes handling, they were able to push on the last lap and managed to regain 2 places and claim a 5th place finish in an action packed first race on the famous Billown circuit.
Bad luck was to follow in Mondays second race. The team were running in 5th place after a slow get away, holding position and fighting clutch problems for the first 2 laps before a wiring fault meant a loss of fuel pressure and the end of their 2017 PreTT hopes.
However Greg and Julie have shown they can be competetive on these machines and will almost certainly be back on the 'Imp' before the end of the year. Their focus now lies solely on the f2 bike back at the grandstand for the 2017 TT races.
Pop along and see them in the paddock to get a close up look of the classic 'Imp' powered Windle machine and their GLR (Greg Lambert Racing) Honda F2 bike.