In under two days time the traditional curtain raiser for the TT Races festival, the Blackfords Pre TT Classic Races gets underway, which this year boasts an entry comprising of rising roads stars, seasoned classic roads exponents, an ex Moto GP star, ambitious overseas competitors and Billown specialists a plenty.
Standout entrants include Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward, who is set to pilot a ZXR 750RR Kawasaki, which has been produced by the German based Kraus Racing outfit.
A multiple times race winner at the Pre TT Classic meeting, Jamie is on the lookout for only one result in the Post Classic Superbike race, race victory!.
A who’s who of classic racing are also entered, which includes Barry Davidson, Alan Oversby, Mike Hose, Bill Swallow, Alec Whitwell, Rich Hawkins, Chris McGahan, Terry Kermode, Brian Mateer, Greenall Racing’s Steve Ferguson and Ewan Hamilton.
Kilham’s James Cowton fresh from a first North West 200 victory, like twice TT Privateers championship runner up Coward, Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Ivan Lintin all add further quality to the almost 300 strong entry.
Photo by Jim Gibson
Keep an eye as well on the likes of Peter Boast, Adrian Harrison, Primus Racing’s Ben Rea who are all capable of recording a string of impressive results.
Billown newcomers hoping to make a great impression, include 11th place finisher in the 1981 500cc World Championship, Bernard Fau, plus fellow countryman Timothee Monot.
Notable Sidecar entries include Mountain Course legend Dave Molyneux/closed roads returnee Benjamin Binns, Howard Langham, Oliver’s Mount stalwart Tony Thirkell and French Colas Billown course debutants Claude Delannoy/Daniel Giroud, Herve Laur/Marie Laure Ferrieu, Alexandre Benigo/Jean Philippe Bouchard and Gilles Berry/Maikel Vega.
Established amongst the premier classic roads events, expect close fought competition in abundance through Friday, Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday, with the famous Colas Billown course set to be graced again by iconic sounds such as rasping 350’s and 500’s.
Words by Stevie Rial