Racing at the TT - part three
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
72Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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We tried to watch from varying locations such as the church yard at Braddan Bridge where Kerrie was interviewed on ITV4,
from the main grandstand at the start/finish point,
from an open road with sweeping bend location at Hillside and from the cemetery opposite the start/finish.
On Tuesday the 7th June we attended the Ramsey Sprint where bikes race over 1/8th mile to see who is the fatest. Street legal bikes compete in their own category,
its just 35 pound to enter and you get three runs. The real deal bikes are modified drag bikes with extra long swing arms. Even mini bikes have a go?
When watching from the cemetery we came across a memorial wall for competitors killed during the TT.
As stated previously, it is well over 200 in the 104 year history of the race, an average of just over 2 per year.
2011 was no different with 3 killed this year; two sidecar riders and one solo. As well there were three non-competitors killed on bikes over the two week carnival!
The highlight of the fortnight is undoubtably the Senior TT.
This year it was won by John McGUINESS confirming his legendary status as "King of the Mountain". Second was Guy Martin with kiwi Bruce Anstey 3rd. Our own Cam Donald put up a great effort to finish 4th; unlucky after running out of petrol in the Supersport 2 race less than a mile from home!
We have included only a very small selection of photos of the racing.
Further commentary is unnecessary. Hope you enjoy.