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August 23, 2013 5:19 PM

RR » Guy Martin excluded from Classic TT races

Rules are rules. A shame for the fans but Guy was only down for one race anyway, and there's plenty of other big names there this week. If the privateer fighting for 30th place wouldn't have been allowed to sign on then neither should Guy. It's a shame, but the organisers made the right call and Guy (and his fans) have no one to blame but Guy. He'll know for next year.


September 18, 2013 7:06 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Attritional Races

I reckon Monaco 1990 has got to be worth a mention. Of the 35 cars entered 29 would fail to see the chequred flag. As a percentage, that's good going! Five failed to pre-qualify and four more failed to qualify, giving 26 starters, of which one (Piquet) was disqualified mid-race and 18 went out (although Foitek was still classified 7th as he'd managed 72 of the 78 laps when he retired). Just six cars running at the end...


August 29, 2013 9:06 PM

RR » Guy Martin excluded from Classic TT races

Ok, that's a fair point. I'd still say Guy Martin can have no complaints, because that's not the way the system has worked in the past and it's not the way it works at the moment. But I'd agree that moving forward it's perhaps a practical solution that allows a latecomer to race without allowing anyone to just come and sign on when they want, and get away with it. If such a system was implemented then they'd still need to insist on riders doing their full number of laps to qualify, which most wouldn't manage if they turn up on Thursday because it usually rains! But yes, it could be a better way of doing things in future.


August 29, 2013 12:56 PM

RR » Guy Martin excluded from Classic TT races

@Tetley, would you allow everyone else to sign on late? What if both GM and a lowly privateer want to sign on late? Who gets special treatment? No one is bigger than the event. So what if Guy Martin turned around and said "I won't come next year", racing at the IOM is an amazing experience to be treasured, if he wanted to take that attitude then it's his loss, not the event's. The crowd still has plenty of big names to come for, Dunlop, McGuinness, Anstey, Donald etc. All of whom respected the event enough to get there and get signed on before the deadline. And unlike GM, they've all won TTs. The rules are the rules and if you start bending them for one, you open a huge can of worms. @ *****bubble... "I'd put money of John McGuiness turning up late to sign on and NOT being turned away"... Well I'd put money on John McGuinness not turning up late, because he knows the rules and respects the event. Just because someone is one of half a dozen 'big names' doesn't meant they should be tre


June 17, 2013 3:51 PM

RR » TT Dream: Mission Accomplished!

Thanks for the comments, it's been a pleasure to write the blog. The future is unclear at this point in time. I had promised my fiancee that I would stop road racing once I had reached the TT, but when you have put everything into achieving your dream and you realise you have the potential to go even further, it is hard to just quit!


March 27, 2013 11:49 PM

RR » TT Dream: Rollercoaster...

Cheers Whitehead. I would have loved to have done the NW200 but with such a short gap between the North West and the TT it was impossible to fit around work. Fingers crossed we'll have a good run up to the TT with the meetings in Ireland, a nice safe practice week and get that finishers medal. Anything more than that will be a bonus! Oli


February 12, 2013 4:07 PM

F1 » Coulthard hits out at Albert Park protestors

As someone who was wholly against my government spending GBP9bn of taxpayers money on the Olympics, I can sympathise greatly with my friends in Melbourne who do not want the GP (although it's a positive bargain by comparison to London 2012). Although I love motorsport, it's not everyone's cup of tea. What it really comes down to is whether the actual cost of the GP is really covered by the additional boost the economy sees as a result of it. The difficulty is that is impossible to measure. Although I am certain the UK economy did not benefit to the tune of GBP9bn from the Olympics. Some politicians had a nice ego boost though. Good for them.

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