A lack of funds could force triple World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves to miss the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
One of his main sponsors withdrawn support for this year and with just three months until the TT starts, sidecar ace Reeves says without finding the necessary funds he will be forced to miss the TT.
Reeves made his debut on the Mountain course in 2008, when he scored a superb third place finish, and he is already the sixth fastest sidecar driver in the event's history.
This year, with the hugely experienced Dan Sayle as passenger, Reeves was expected to be challenging for victory in the two Formula Two sidecar races at the TT.
In addition to recruiting Sayle, who has tasted victory four times around the TT course and was part of the team which holds the outright lap record, Reeves had planned a switch to Honda power for 2010 in a bid to win.
However, the loss of sponsorship means Reeves may not be able compete against fellow sidecar stars Dave Molyneux, John Holden and Simon Neary at this year's TT.
"Coming in to my third year at the TT, the only thing on my mind was winning and with support from Honda everything was looking ros,y but I now find myself facing the prospect of missing the races altogether.”
“I'm only interested in going there to win, but to upgrade the F2 outift and run it again this season is going to cost something in the region of £15,000 so unless that can be found I won't be on the Island in June.”
“I'm desperate to put the last two years of experience and knowledge into good practice and get a TT win so I hope someone can come onboard soon and help us make that dream a reality."