Lee Vernon an appreciation

First of all can I pass on my best wishes to Lees dad Rob, his mum Donna, the members of his race team Laura, Gary and Rob and all his friends and family. I first met Lee in 2011 at the Spring cup road races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, for the 2011 season I was sponsoring Lee at the TT races for his debut around the mountain course and might I add what a nice bloke Lee was unassuming with a great sense of humour a credit to the sport of road racing. Lee’s nickname was The Flying Oatcake, Lee got this nickname having beat John Mcguinness in the main 250 race at Oliver’s Mount in the Scarborough gold cup road races.

From then on Lee went from strength to strength on road racing circuits gaining top results at the gold cup at Scarborough, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100 and at the TT races. This season was again another good one for Lee, having achieved his best ever TT finish and his fastest ever lap at over 115 mph and also at the Southern 100 Lee finished 7th in the solo championship race beating many fellow TT riders and was pushing works bikes as well. Then after the Southern 100 came the Armoy road races where Lee was a debutant but despite this he claimed a brilliant 2nd place finish in the 250 race only behind William Dunlop.

In his whole road racing career Lee has achieved top results across all classes of racing in the 125, 250, 650, 600 and 1000 cc classes. One thing i’ll remember about Lee is he always had a smile on his face and always had time for a chat when in the paddock. Considering how young Lee was when he started racing he’s already produced many memories for race fans in particular from his races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. It was here where I first noticed Lee as a rising road racing star with a natural ability for riding on roads circuits.

For many of us as road racing fans we can only dream of racing on road circuits like the TT course and Lee was living the dream at the time of his accident at the Ulster Grand Prix yesterday in the Dundrod 150 road race. My own words on Lee are he was a person who enjoyed his racing and lived his life to the full doing what he loved doing racing at circuits like the Ulster Grand Prix which also was the track which first caught Lee’s attention to go road racing having spectated there before. Finally again best wishes to Lee’s family at this sad time and RIP Lee you’ll be missed by many.

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  • Paul Hawkins , August 11, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Very nice tribute to a well thought of young road racing star my thoughts go to his family keep smiling will miss his riding style

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