During a recent trip to the Cadwell Park BSB round, I was fortunate enough to catch up with the Republic of Ireland’s fastest TT Races exponent, Brian McCormack.
With International roads competition decimated in recent times by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 30th quickest racer in TT history has focused on British Superbikes, competing alongside a selection of the world’s best Superbike racers.
Whilst points finishes may have not arisen as yet, the popular rider who’s road racing resume includes a race win at the Faugheen 50 Road Races, is enjoying his latest BSB experience.
“Yeah I’m enjoying it, it’s good, it’s tough we had a bit of an injury for the first three rounds but since kind of Thruxton onwards we’ve been getting to know the bike a lot better.
So it’s getting easier, getting more fun, enjoying it more cause it’s getting easier, so now we’ll push on now and see, the tracks coming up after this are ones I all know, so at least we’ll have a good crack.”
Speaking highly of the FHO Racing squad, who joined on Saturday the BSB race winners circle as Peter Hickman claimed race honours, the ex Irish Superbike Champion stated:
“Brilliant, we have good craic, we all get on really well in fairness to everyone in the team, it’s a big, big team everyone gets on really well but Xavi (Fores) has been very helpful to be honest.
He has so much experience, even when we were testing out in Spain at the start of the year he was very good to me, he didn’t know me from Adam.
He’s really sound, he has the craic with us we’ve christened him Paddy Fores!”
Holding at present a personal best TT Races lap speed of 128.812 mph, I was keen to find out his thoughts about joining the coveted ‘130 Mph’ club. He stated:
“I don’t really chase lap times, It’s the positions more than lap times for me to be honest, I think we could have that the previous year in 19 but just had a little problem with the bike in Senior, the bike would only go a certain speed unfortunately so I could only do so much.
But I think it’s there, it’s there for us to do, it’s just as I say I’m not chasing lap times just want to get good results.”
Looking towards next year’s hopefully returning International road races, McCormack is confident that he will be competing aboard FHO Racing machinery.
“Hopefully we’ll be doing roads with them and maybe the odd Superstock round just to keep going. Nothing as of yet finalised but we’ll see what happens, I’d like to be back here in some way shape or form.
Were sorted as far I know for next year, just nothing on the dotted line yet.”
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou