-- Stunning line up confirmed for Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Classic
Races to conclude Classic TT meeting
The Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Classic Races are
set to bring this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts to a stunning
conclusion with some of the most iconic, and exotic, machines from yesteryear
set to grace the Mountain Course once more.
The F1 class has seen a mammoth 74 entries received - over three times the
number of competitors on the starting grid in recent years. With the likes of
the RC30 Honda, OW01 Yamaha, ZXR Kawasaki and GSXR Suzuki on the startline, it
promises to be one of the races of the week. Throw in the likes of the XR69
Suzuki’s, 500cc Grand Prix Yamahas and Suzuki’s and FZ750 Yamaha’s and it’s easy
to see why riders have been desperate to participate.
Split into categories to reflect the era from which the bike is from, the most
popular class has been the pre-1992 Superbike and going off at number 1, as he
did at the TT, will be James Hillier. The Bournemouth man will be on board one
of CSC Racing’s impressive RC30 Honda’s. He’ll certainly be tough to beat but
ten seconds behind him will be the first of the Yamaha Classic Racing Team
riders, Steve Mercer riding an immaculate YEC OW01 Yamaha in what will be team
principal Ferry Brouwer’s swansong.
TT Rider Liaison Officer John Barton has acquired an ex Ray Stringer ZXR750
Kawasaki and will line up at number 4 with leading TT rider Dan Stewart on a
similar machine at number 9 and the Cumbrian is sure to be one of the race
favourites. Paul Owen, Jamie Coward and former Senior Manx GP winner Paul
Duckett will also be Kawasaki mounted, the trio riding for Mistral Racing.
As well as Hillier, other RC30 Honda riders include 1993 Formula 1 TT winner
Nick Jefferies, Kiaran Hankin, David Madsen-Mygdal, who enjoyed great success on
the machine at the TT, and Manx Grand Prix outright lap record holder Alan
Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins lead the Suzuki charge on board 1100cc GSXR
powered XR69’s for Team Classic Suzuki. Russ Mountford, who led the
corresponding race last year before breaking down, Dan Kneen, Davy Morgan and
Graham English are also part of the team.
As well as Mercer, Yamaha have further strength in depth with TT stalwart Jim
Hodson and the up and coming Ryan Kneen. Meanwhile, Mick Godfrey, who previously
finished on the podium at the MGP, switches to an 888 Ducati.
Yamaha Classic Racing Team also field American Mark Miller who rides the a
recreation of the 1986 FZ750 machine that Grand Prix legend Eddie Lawson rode to
Daytona 200 glory and Daniel Cooper on the legendary TZ500 Yamaha that was
ridden by the likes of Kenny Roberts, Johnny Cecotto and Steve Baker. Olie
Linsdell is another rider who can be expected to feature towards the top of the
leaderboard and he’ll be campaigning another FZ750 Yamaha whilst TT star Gary
Johnson lines up for Team Winfield on a Harris framed machine.
A host of other riders are expected to be in contention including MGP winners
Dave Milling, Dave Moffitt and Alan Oversby as well as Tim Poole, Maria
Costello, Ken Davis, Adrian Cox, Bob Price, Alan Bud Jackson, Roger Wibberley,
Peter Simpson and Alan Connor, with Connor riding a 588 Norton Rotary.
There’s also been a significant increase in entries for the Formula 2 Classic
Race where the 250cc TZ Yamaha’s are expected to dominate. The class should see
a battle royale between Chris Palmer on the Rob Brew Racing entered machine and
Roy Richardson on the FCL Racing/Martin Bullock Manxsport equivalent. The duo
have been the dominant forces at the Manx GP but perhaps a dark horse for
honours is 20-year old James Cowton. The Yorkshire rider had a great Manx GP
debut in 2012 and riding for two stroke guru Peter Berwick, he has a great
chance of success.
Phil McGurk, Ewan Hamilton and Chris Moore are also expected to be well to the
fore as is Pete Symes on one of the few Hondas in the field. Stuart Hall, Chris
Barratt and Tom Jackson are just some of the other notable 250cc-mounted riders
whilst Grant Wagstaff will be one to watch with the Ducks Cross Racing 350cc
Yamaha. Meanwhile, Shaun Anderson, Nuno Caetano and Andy Lawson should be the
front-runners in the 600cc four-stroke categories.
The third race within a race is for the Formula Classic machines where Mark
Parrett is a pre-race favourite on the Snibor Racing 850cc BSA. Barry Davidson
and John Ingram are on similar machines though so cannot be ruled out whilst
Chris McGahan will certainly have a say in matters on the 850cc Triumph. Allan
Brew rides a 350cc Yamaha for the Yamaha Classic Racing Team with Gavin Lupton’s
757cc Triumph another of the pre-race contenders.