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Barry Sheene Road Race Festival: World Class Sidecar Action In Prospect

Following some of the best three wheeled action in history to grace Oliver’s Mount, at last months Cock O’The North Road Races, more competition of the same calibre is a virtual guarantee this weekend at the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival Powered by Suzuki.

Current pace setters at the mount, father and son duo, the Ramsden’s Steve and Matty, have proven in recent years extremely hard to beat around England’s only pure roads venue.

You can’t miss their multi coloured outfit, which features what has to be considered amongst the most striking liveries on the roads at present.

Fresh off a top six finish within the Sidecar championship race at the Southern 100, they go into competition on Saturday and Sunday confident of adding to their growing haul of victories at Scarborough.

Rising three wheeling roads star Lee Crawford, has proven during the Spring Cup and Cock O’The North meets, that he more than has the credentials to dominate around the “Mini TT”.

Cool under pressure, as showcased in late June at the mount, many are tipping him to soon delve into competition on the world famous Mountain Course.

At present though he’s one of a select group of competitors, capable of winning on any day at Oliver’s Mount.

Same applies to circuit favourite Conrad Harrison. Joined this year by former TT winner Andy Winkle, the experienced team have secured a vast collection of high quality results, which include third in the second Sure Sidecar encounter of TT 2017.

Don’t discount them from challenging for wins this weekend. You can apply the same notion to Manx TT legends Davey Molyneux/Dan Sayle.

Enduring a challenging season, there has been hints of the potential of the Yamaha powered DMR outfit, showcased last week at Billown, topping the 100.5 mph mark in qualifying.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Will they return to the winners circle on Saturday and Sunday? it’s a possibility but the competition is stealth like.

All that’s left to say is roll on Sidecar competition, at the third Oliver’s Mount meeting of 2017.

Words by Stevie Rial