Road Racing News

French Racers A Plenty Enter Pre TT Classic Road Races

With just over 24 days till entries close for the 2018 Blackford’s Pre TT Classic Road Races, a spate of French racers have sent entries in, including 11th place finisher in the 1981 500cc World Championship, Bernard Fau.

Fau, who’s competed against the likes of Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Franco Uncini, Randy Mamola and Marco Lucchinelli, participation within the opening Billown roads event of 2018, adds a touch of truly world class quality to the entry, which currently stands at 235 participants.

Now 65 years of age, the racer who’s also a prominent motorcycle film maker, is set to pilot in late May at Billown, 250 Twin/750 Four Yamaha’s.

Fellow countryman set to join him on the Pre TT Classic grid include modern day, French road racing great Timothee Monot.

Sixth within the TT Zero encounter of 2014, his maiden Billown venture sees him entered aboard a 350 Honda and a 750 Yamaha.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Outside of the solo competitors, France also enjoys strong representation in the Sidecar classes courtesy of driver/passenger newcomers which include Claude Delannoy/Daniel Giroud, Herve Laur/Marie Laure Ferrieu, Alexandre Benigo/Jean Philippe Bouchard and Gilles Berry/Maikel Vega.

It’s extremely positive news for Blackford’s Pre TT Classic Road Races organisers, that interest from France competitors wise in the event scheduled to run from the 25th to the 28th of May, is so high.

Showcasing again the huge popularity of pure road racing in a nation, which has a strong heritage/affinity with closed roads competition.

Words by Stevie Rial