Leading French Sidecar racers Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier’s 2018 Sidecar TT tilt, will see them join forces with for many their nation’s leading international roads outfit, Optimark Road Racing.
Driver Leblond, twice winner of the Susan Jenness Trophy, has developed in recent years into one of France’s foremost Mountain Course competitors of the modern era.
11th in last years opening Sure Sidecar encounter, her TT CV also includes a further three top 20 finishes, plus been amongst the leading event newcomers from 2013.
Passenger Farnier, who first linked up with her fellow French competitor last year, like her three wheeling compatriot, is becoming more and more accomplished around the fabled Mountain Course.
Prior to joining forces with next gen driver Leblond, she previously enjoyed solid TT tenures with Lionel Mansuy, along the way recording a brace of very creditable results.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Into year 2 of their TT partnership, Suzuki powered Leblond/Farnier are another formidable driver/passenger combination, who have the aptitude, ambition and determination to break in just over a months time, into the top ten of both Sure Sidecar races.
Words by Stevie Rial