Road Racing News

Sidecar Ten Questions Challenge Xtra: Roy Tansley

Following on from the completion of combined 365 solo, Sidecar ten question challenge interviews throughout 2018, the 35th three wheeling competitor to take part in Road Racing News worldwide popular series, is 2003 TT team prize winner alongside Dave Molyneux and Nick Crowe, the hugely respected Roy Tansley.

A collector thus far of seven top 25 TT finishes, the Derby driver who is synonymous with Triumph powered outfit’s, answers to the series of questions are as follows:

Q1: Favourite Roads Meet?

“Southern 100, although not allowed to compete there with 675 Triumph powered outfit.”

Q2: Favourite Racing Engine?

“My 1990 500 ADM Yamaha.”

Q3: Best roads moment thus far?

“Breaking the outright lap record for an all British 675 Triumph Sidecar in the 2017 Isle of Man TT with Darren Prentis. We built this “will never work” bike from scratch and it’s still going.

Also Winning the 2003 TT Team Prize for Southern 100 Club with Dave Molyneux & Nick Crowe, good teammates are the key!”

Q4: Out of the current roads meets, is their one event in particular where you would like to see Sidecars compete?

“A two Lap Classic Sidecar Race at the Manx closely followed by the Ulster GP, also the North West 200 would be good because the nature of the track would lend itself to close Sidecar racing.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Q5: Most respected fellow driver?

“Ben & Tom Birchall, nice humble, helpful lads.”

Q6: Three Wheeling Hero?

“Steve Abbott & Sean Smith, fabulous in their pomp.”

Q7: What’s the best part about competing on the roads?

“The speed, precision, concentration, circuit knowledge, fitness and level of preparation (team) required to do well.”

Q8: Three words to describe sidecar racing?

“Licensed insanity!, only needs two words.”

Q9: In your opinion, who is the greatest Sidecar TT racer of all time?

“Jock Taylor & Benga Johansson. God knows how hard they rode to do 108 mph plus TT laps 35 odd years ago, chapeau gentlemen!”

Q10: Pole position or fastest lap?

“Fastest lap, record’s better.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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