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Australian’s Set To Shine At TT 2016

Daylesford (VIC) sidecar driver Dwight Beare could be set to shine at the Isle of Man TT races this year.

After an impressive 2015 campaign the fastest Aussie outfit driver at the Isle of Man, finds himself partnered by the current lap record passenger Benjamin Binns, who has transferred from riding with local record breaking and multiple TT winning driver Dave Molyneux.


Photo by Jim Gibson

Currently standing 5th in the British F2 Sidecar Championship, and 1st in the F2 Cup, the new team seems to be gelling well. They have been getting plenty of practice together at UK track events, and locally on the Isle of Man, at the airfield track at Jurby, enjoying a successful start to the Andreas Racing Association sidecar series.

His 17th place finish, with Noel Beare in the passenger seat, in 2015 earned them a bronze replica of the TT Trophy. Their finishing time of 1 hour 3 mins and 44 seconds gave them an average speed, over 3 laps of the 37.75 mile circuit, of 106.550 mph, with a fastest time set in the final lap of 21:06.255 at a speed of 107.267.

Unfortunately race 2 was a disappointment with a non finish. Dwight says he hope for a top ten TT finish this year.

“So far we have developed well as a team in the 6 or so races we have done so far this season. All the races we have done so far at Jurby and in the British Championship is to prepare for the TT, to develop as a team and, in my case, get more experience as a driver and in setting up the machine. This is why I moved to the UK to improve as a racer so we can compete at the top level.

We feel comfortable with each other, and hope that the first time we go down Bray Hill it will feel just like any other run at a weekend.”

Passenger Ben Binns says “We are good friends off the track, and bonding well as a team on it. We are definitely aiming to do well in the British F2 Sidecar Cup this season, but the TT is our priority at the moment, after that we can concentrate on other things.”

Another rider from “down under” returning to the Isle of Man is Cameron Donald, however he will not be riding the Norton this year, having decided to return to the Wilson Craig team.

He has said he signed with Wilson again to race at the front, stating that Wilson has always prepared great bikes, and that he is really comfortable with the family atmosphere of the team. Confident that he can win on the Island in various classes, he feels the move gives him a greater chance of victory, especially in the Superbike and Senior races.

His place at Norton has been taken by another popular Australian David “Davo” Johnson.


Photo’s by Jim Gibson

During a recent test day at Jurby, along with team advisor and TT Legend Mick Grant he let us know how things were progressing.

“I am really happy at Norton, so far testing has been going well, I am happy with the way the bike is improving, it’s not far from being a great machine.

I just want to get to the TT and ride it on the Mountain Circuit, the best place to test for the TT is at the TT!”

Words by Jim Gibson

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