Third place finisher in the 2014 Newcomers C Manx GP race, Gavin Brown has joined the Shay D Racing team, for the 2017 roads season.
Having enjoyed a productive 2016 roads campaign, which included eighth position in the Lightweight race, at the Ulster Grand Prix, Gavin is looking forward to a new challenge with Seamus Dobbin’s Shay D Racing outfit.
Commenting on his 2017 plans and his time with Paul Black Racing, Gavin said:
“After 2 great seasons with Paul black racing, we have parted company on the most friendliest of terms, Paul is now concentrating on his parading, and I wish him all the best and would like to say a big thank you to him for all he has done for me.
I am now looking forward to new challenges for the 2017 Irish road race season. For the past 2 seasons I have had a great apprenticeship on the Irish roads. Were I have gone consistently faster at each circuit, each time out.
The 400 Honda we ran was built with the Manx in mind and proved not to be much of a competitive bike for Ireland against the Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s. However we did have some good results on it.
Most notably setting pole position in the Junior Support at Tandragee, and 8th overall plus 4th 400 in the Lightweight race at the Ulster GP with a 104.5 mph lap, and also upped my PB lap time at the Manx GP, although after a crash on the 2nd night of practice I had to spend the rest of the event riding through injuries.
Then a defective rad cap put us out of the race in the pits at the end of lap 2. For 2017 I have been given a fantastic opportunity to ride for “Shay D racing ” a Northern Irish team run by Seamus Dobbin, to whom I would also like to give a big thank you for taking a chance on me.
I have been offered to ride their very competitive 400 Yamaha and also the possibility of riding there Super Twin.
With a more competitive bike I feel I can build on previous lap times and hopefully achieve some better results. Im realy looking forward to the 2017 season and can’t wait to get going.”
Photo by Jim Gibson
An ambitious rider, Gavin is one to watch at the 2017 Manx Grand Prix, in particular in the Lightweight race, where in my opinion he is in contention for a podium finish.
Embarking upon his third full season of roads competition, which is set to include returns to the Tandragee 100 and Southern 100, Gavin can’t thank enough his sponsors, he stated:
“I would just like to give a big thanks to all my sponsors and team who have helped out this year.
Paul Black, Ken and Sue Faragher, hair by Della, Hoole Service Centre, Vinylmark Signs, Eazi Grip, JT Motorcycles, LC coaching consultancy, Ganda Racing, Mersyside Roofing Solutions, Martyns Fotos, Adam and Giggsy Murphy, Adam Corr, Dave Marsden, Dave Woods and everyone who joined “team 67 “.”
Words by Stevie Rial