RR » 1 March 2012
Lightweight TT race boosted by quality line-up
'We've had great response from teams and riders and this race already looks like being one of the highlights of this year's event' - Paul Phillips
The organisers of the Isle of Man TT races are thrilled with the quality of the entry for the re-introduction of the Lightweight race in the guise of the Supertwins class in 2012.
Over 60 entries have been received for the race, including six former TT winners.
KMR Kawasaki's Ryan Farquhar has been a pioneer of the class in recent seasons and must feel he has a superb opportunity to claim his third victory on the Mountain Course.
He is up against a high-quality field including team-mate Michael Rutter, who will ride an ER6 Kawasaki prepared by Farquhar. Exciting newcomer Jamie Hamilton will also ride in Farquhar's colours.
Michael Dunlop has also confirmed his entry in the class, with his brother William also entered for the three-lap event. Like Farquhar and Rutter, both riders are potential winners of the inaugural race and have submitted entries on Kawasaki ER6 machines.
Aussie Cameron Donald and Welsh veteran Ian Lougher are two more TT winners who have confirmed their entry in the class on the Kawasaki machines, with Donald riding for the DP Coldplaning team and Lougher in the colours of Stewart Smith Racing.
Kawasaki is the top choice for the race with James Hillier also riding a machine prepared by Farquhar, although he will run it in the livery of the Bournemouth Pr1mo Kawasaki team.
Honda TT Legends rider and last year's fastest newcomer, Simon Andrews, triple TT winner Adrian Archibald and Irish road race regulars John Burrows and Davy Morgan – all ER6-mounted – will also fancy their chances of challenging at the sharp end of the leaderboard.
Kawasakis dominate the entry, but Suzuki is strongly represented by Manx rider Dan Kneen and Ben Wylie, who have realistic chances of challenging for a podium finish.
A string of leading privateer riders are also entered, including Ian Mackman, Ian Pattinson, Paul Shoesmith, Russ Mountford, Rob Barber, Stephen Thompson, Dean Harrison and the returning Olie Linsdell, plus TT Rider Liaison Officer John Barton.
Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, Isle of Man Government, said: “We're really pleased with the quality of the line-up, which is exactly what we'd hoped for when we announced the race.
"We've had great response from teams and riders and this race already looks like being one of the highlights of this year's event.”
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