Building on their impressive maiden TT campaign from 12 months a go, the Beverley based father/son team of Gary & Daryl Gibson flew the East Yorkshire flag high at TT 2018, as they sealed a brace of top ten finishes.
After a practice week graced by exceptional warm, bright sunny weather which carried on into race week, the opening Locate.im Sidecar race saw the Gibson’s chalk up a fine eighth place finish, finishing in front of talented crews such as Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde, Greg Lambert/Julie Canipa and fellow Oliver’s Mount stalwarts the Ramsden’s Steve & Matty.
Onto the second Locate.im Sidecar encounter, and a record breaking race which saw the first 119 mph lap by a three wheeling outfit courtesy of the blistering Birchall brothers, would see the Gibson’s enjoy another memorable Mountain Course expedition.
Tenth at the end of one of the iconic Sidecar TT races of modern times, along the way they neared the coveted 110 mph mark, lapping on lap two at a new personal best lap speed of 109.907 mph.
Reflecting via their Facebook racing page, the Suzuki powered duo had nothing but hugely positive vibes about their second TT tenure.
“What a TT!!! Two top 10 finishes and fastest lap of 109.9 mph! We’ve improved in a section each and every time out with two years of 100% reliability!
Massive thanks to everyone who’s helped us get here, we really wouldn’t be here without you all! Shout out to the top 3 and to Mike Jackson/Harry Payne on your brilliant first TT!”
Words by Stevie Rial