Recently confirmed to link up with Gary Bryan for the Sure Sidecar encounters, at TT 2018, Leicester based Phil Hyde is the next competitor to take part in Road Racing News, Sidecar equivalent of the popular ten questions challenge.
Alongside Gordon Shand a collector of two top ten finishes at TT 2017, his answers to the series of questions, are as follows:
Q1: Favourite Roads Meet?
“Has to be TT, great atmosphere and an amazing spectacle.”
Q2: Favourite Racing Engine?
“Krauser 500 two stroke engine, love it.”
Q3: Best roads moment thus far?
“My first ever lap speed of over 101 mph at the TT, loved it.”
Q4: Out of the current roads meets, is their one event in particular where you would like to sidecars compete?
“Think the North West 200 would be a great place to compete at.”
Q5: Most respected fellow passenger?
“Mark Wilkes. After a serious road crash he recovered from his injuries, and competed at the TT, lapping at over the 110 mph mark on his debut.”
Q6: Three Wheeling Hero?
“Rick Long. What a bloke.”
Q7: What’s the best part about competing on the roads?
“In a sanitised world it’s a welcome release to free, for those few laps.”
Q8: Three words to describe sidecar racing?
“Friendly, fast and foolhardy.”
Q9: In your opinion, who is the greatest Sidecar TT racer of all time?
“I’ll get slated for this but think it’s got to be the shandy drinker, Tim Reeves. He looks so comfortable on the bike, and his record of results is pretty impressive.”
Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?
Words by Stevie Rial