Commentator’s notes (3)

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

If 14-times sidecar TT winner Dave Molyneux wins another one this year he’ll become the first to win using engines from all four major Japanese manufacturers…and if either Moly or John Holden wins, Kawasaki will have their first TT sidecar win. 2011 Race B winner Holden has switched power supply after five years running Suzuki.

Glyn Jones is a regular sidecar entrant but for one reason or another he hasn’t actually started a TT since 2007. He has Richard Murphy in the chair this year. Hopefully it’ll be third time lucky for Leeds driver Dean Lindley. He’s entered the TT twice before but didn’t get to the start line. This year he tries again for his TT debut with Leon Fitzpatrick in the chair.

Tim Reeves once said that he wouldn’t consider himself a true champion until he’d stood on the top step at the TT. Not a bad authentication of the TT from a man who won the World Championship three times. So far Tim has been third twice and I wouldn’t bet against him grabbing that top spot this time. He has Dipash Chauhan back in the chair, Dips having recovered from the broken leg he sustained early last season and it was Dips who shared Tim’s third place in 2009.

Robin and Annette Daykin are back for another tilt at glory. Last year Robin, aged 74, and Annette, aged 60, failed to qualify for the first race but did make it in the second – and their celebrations in pit lane when they recorded a finish rivalled those of winner John Holden. Great to see ‘Team Past It’ back again.  And Mike Cookson’s failure to find a buyer when he decided to retire and sell his bike back in 2004 continues to pay dividends. Unable to sell his machine Mike thought he’d better carry on racing, and since then he’s reeled off a string of top-20 finishes. He goes again this year, again with Kris Hibberd for company.

Newcomers include Scott Lawrie who was pipped by Reeves for second spot in the British F1 Championship last season. Scott has raced in selected World Championship rounds with top-ten finishes. He’s partnered by ex-Andy Laidlow chair-man James Neave.

Familiar names missing this year: Simon Neary, Mike Roscher, Kenny Howles, Tony Elmer, the late Bill Currie and Kevin Morgan, and the  now-retired three-time winner Klaus Klaffenbock. And no Dan Sayle on the sidecar grid. I’ll be rubbing my eyes in disbelief.

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