Isle Of Wight Pure Road Racing, Yep It’s Happening!
It’s amazing to report that Isle of Wight style pure road racing is beckoning for 2021, following the launch of the Diamond Races.
The new event’s course praised by 2013 Lightweight TT victor James Hillier is 12.4 miles long and from viewing on-board videos reminds me of a mixture of the North West 200, Cookstown 100 and Tandragee 100 circuits.
Photo via Diamond Races official site
Organising wise, there’s a great team behind the event including Clerk of The Course as none other than TT Mountain Course chief Gary Thompson MBE, BEM, triple British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal acting as a race advisor, ex racer, former works Honda team manager Neil Tuxworth taking on the Rider/Team Liaison & Recruitment role and 2009 Senior TT winner Steve Plater (Rider Recruiting/Safety Advisor).
Joint Co-Founders of the Diamond Races are James Kaye, renowned British Touring Car racer and Paul Sandford, who recently stated the following via Diamond Races site
“As an Isle of Wight local resident, I am very excited to welcome motorsport fans from across the globe to this beautiful island, for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend of racing action and entertainment for the whole family.
The Diamond Races is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and planning by the whole team, and we’re very lucky to have the best of the best involved with its setup.
No stone is being left unturned in striving to deliver a spectacular event which we have every reason to believe will be a regular back-stop to the island’s tourist season and put the Isle of Wight on the International motorcycle road racing map.”
Event schedule wise, the Diamond Races will feature two days of practice, Wednesday/Thursday based, with race action taking centre stage two days later with Superbike, Supersport, Lightweight time trial formated races.
There’s also set to be a Sidecar demonstration lap whilst the planned date for the meeting to take place will be decided following the announcement of the 2021 BSB calendar, as organisers aim for the best possible entry for the newest International Road Race.
Exciting times ahead!
Words by Stevie Rial