MARIA COSTELLO MBE is to be unveiled as the first female president of the TT Riders Association in its 66-year history.

The Northamptonshire motorcycle racer will be handed the chain of office at the association’s annual luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham early next month.

Costello, who was made an MBE in 2009 in recognition of her career as one of Britain’s leading female racers, follows in the footsteps of a host of big name stars of the sport, including more than 40 world champions and racers with more than 145 TT wins between them.

Freddie Frith was the first president, while Charles Mortimer, John Surtees MBE, Joey Dunlop OBE and Nick Jefferies are among the previous holders of the prestigious role. Costello will assume the presidency from Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle who is one of only three Manxmen to have won a TT.

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Ben and Tom Birchall created history in Friday morning’s second Locate.im Sidecar TT Race at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, when they became the first crew to lap the Mountain Course in under 19 minutes as they swept to their second win of the week, also breaking their own race record from Saturday in the process.

The Nottinghamshire brothers overhauled early leaders John Holden/Lee Cain at the end of lap one and with their second lap being a stunning 119.250mph, they eventually won by 22.92s with Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes again finishing third.

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UPDATE 17.30 The sidecar race that was red flagged will be restarted at 19.00 today (Saturday)

Good luck everyone today for race one. Come back safe and enjoy the ride!

Saturday 15.00 Race one.

Monday 12.25 2 laps qualifying

Wednesday 15.55 1 lap qualifying

Friday 10.15 Race two

 

Subject to the usual TT disclaimers that anything can happen and everything can change at the last minute .

 

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Click read more for the combined all sessions qualifying timesheet for the sidecars

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Please click read more for the Thursday night timesheets from the TT 

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Please click read more for the Tuesday night timesheets from the TT 

• Holden / Cain continue good form in Sidecar session

Dean Harrison set the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, alight on Tuesday evening with a stunning lap of 133.462mph, which unofficially broke the Superbike lap record and also saw him become the second rider to lap the Mountain Course in less than 17 minutes.

The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider laid down a marker from the outset with an opening lap of 133.140mph, the fastest ever standing start lap – albeit unofficially – before increasing his pace second time around. The Bradford rider’s quickest lap prior to tonight was 132.019mph, set in last year’s PokerStars Senior TT race.

Not to be outdone by the solos, the Formula Two Sidecars were also setting a formidable pace and John Holden/Lee Cain scorched round on their opening lap at 115.732mph, which was only three seconds outside their personal best. The Birchalls were second quickest at 114.875mph with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (112.602) slotting into third ahead of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle (111.122).

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Honda UK is thrilled to announce it will once again be official motorbike partner to the 2018 Isle of Man TT; and, for the first time ever will be the official car partner.

Eight Civic Type R and eight of the brand new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP have been provided by Honda UK for the Isle of Man TT organisers to patrol the 37.73 mile course throughout the duration of the annual road race.

 

The fifty entries that have been accepted for the two three lap Locate.im Sidecar TT Races at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy include five former race winners in the field who have no less than 27 victories between them.
 

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Mike Breitenbach would like me to remind everybody that he WILL be across at the TT - and remind me at the same time to update his details on the link on the right which I haven't done yet. 
Mike I will get that done this week! 

I also have to put on a load of reports including the World Championship from Le Mans - I just do not have the time like I used to for keeping everything up to date instantly. 

Hope you're all well! 

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TEAM MUGEN has confirmed that they will be returning to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy in 2018 with a three man team.

New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey, the 2016 and 2017 SES TT Zero Race winner, will again be with the team and looking to complete a hat-trick of victories. He will be joined by legendary 23-time TT Race winner John McGuinness, who returns to the team after recovering from the injuries that caused him to miss the 2017 TT event. McGuinness will also be looking for a third TT Zero victory having won the race in 2014 and 2015.

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Over on Road Racing News Steve Rial has  been putting ten questions to an ever increasing number of Sidecar Racers in the "Sidecars Ten Question Challenge". 

Have a look here on Road Racing News

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Southern 100 Racing is delighted to announce that Daryl Blake Construction Ltd of Port St Mary are to be the new headline Race Sponsor for the Southern 100 Sidecar Championship Race.

Sidecars were first raced on the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course in 1962 and over the years those watching have witnessed many close and no-holds barred racing between the crème de-la creme of the sidecar crews, many of which have been or become TT, British and World champions.