Prospective Manx GP newcomers this weekend are experiencing the mythical Mountain Course for the first time, as they begin important next steps towards becoming Manx Grand Prix exponents.
Racers in attendance for the first time MGP newcomers weekend of 2020 included former British Superbike Championship points finisher, new PRF Racing signing Carl Phillips and Irish roads Senior Support class front runners Dermot Cleary & Darryl Anderson.
Others with more than a touch of real road racing experience attending include Wakefield’s Daniel Forbes who triumphed within the second Supersport B race of last September’s Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
Fellow top three finisher at Scarborough Lewis Arrowsmith has also made the trip to Manx shores as have Natwich’s Kieran Brockie, Brian Fuidge, David Glossop, Albert Walker and Jason Wilkes who have all previously sampled the Southern 100.
Racers not mentioned yet to take part in the opening newcomers weekend are Kettering’s Lewis Buckerfield, London’s Ross Dunstan, Michael Hand, Dave Rigby, Steve Tobin.
Brother of Ulster GP Super Twins winner Paul Jordan, Gary Jordan plus up coming local roads talents Paul Cassidy and Peoples Bike Team’s sole MGP exponent for 2020, Frankie Stennett.
Experienced current, former Manx GP, TT competitors to offer knowledge, tips a plenty to prospective Manx GP competitors this weekend, include Carolynn Sells, Colin Croft and popular travelling marshal/Manx Motor Cycle Club Director Jim Hunter.
Words by Stevie Rial