Maria Costello MBE is aiming to become the first woman to race both sidecar and solo machinery at the same Isle of Man TT meeting after announcing her partnership with Julie Canipa for the 2019 season.

The Northamptonshire racer celebrated International Women’s Day by securing acceptance to race the sidecar at this year’s TT with Julie Canipa as her new passenger, who last year was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy by the TT Supporters’ Club for her fantastic efforts in the event.

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The pair will form a formidable duo as an all-female team. Costello made her sidecar road racing debut at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last year while Canipa started her TT career alongside Doug Chandler in 2015 and teamed up with Greg Lambert in 2017 to claim her best IoM finish of eighth.


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The TT Supporters’ Club is delighted to announce that Julie Canipa is the recipient of the Susan Jenness Trophy for 2018.

Succeeding Estelle Leblond and Melanie Farnier – hard acts to follow – Julie receives this prestigious award for her consistent high-speed performances around the Mountain Course as passenger to Greg Lambert. Now approaching lap speeds of 110mph, the pair set off as one of the highest starters after the seeded crews in the 2018 races to finish in 10th position on their Honda GLR at an average of 107.368mph in the first race. Sadly, mechanical gremlins beset the pair in the second outing for the class.

Dan Sayle has posted the following on his facebook page and we thought we should help share.. 

"It sickens me having to post this, but during my time away in hospital after I crashed the 250 a number of things were taken from my truck and van. I was hoping it was just misplaced however after a closer look know I'm a bit more moile it's confirmed a number of items missing. 
This watch is one of the things missing, I still have the passort and have reported it in as missing. It is very distinctive as it's inscribed on the rear as Sidecar TT winner. It also the bottom button missing, I also still have this part. 
As posted above I have a substantial reward to give to anybody who can return this item to me or provide with some info that gets it back to me

Many Thanks




One of the Isle of Man’s leading sidecar drivers, Michael Jackson, will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, this year, with the Manxman contesting the two Sidecar races.

Joined by passenger Harry Payne, Jackson, who won the 2017 ACU British Formula Two Sidecar Cup, will compete in the two three-lap races on a newly acquired DMR chassis built by 17-time TT winner and fellow Manxman Dave Molyneux. The outfit will use a 600cc GSXR Suzuki engine.


Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole has announced he is to return to the Isle of Man to compete in the 2018 TT festival. He has teamed up with former passenger Rob Biggs to ride a brand new F2 outfit built by Dean Ryde.

It is several years since Horspole last took part in the two three lap Sidecar races on the 37.73 mile mountain roads course along where, with his long time passenger Kevin Leigh, he enjoyed success. The pair rode to seven top 10 finishes including a second place in 2000 and two third places in 1998 and 2002.


The Official Launch of the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will take place on Wednesday 21st March at the Villa Marina.

The most famous names in TT racing will be in attendance at the event to talk about their preparations and ambitions ahead of the 2018 event.


Rising stars Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney will be firmly aiming for a podium position in the two Sidecar Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Blackburn duo lining up as team-mates to John Holden and Lee Cain in the Silicone Engineering Team.

Blackstock, 26, and Rosney, 23, will be part of an expanded Silicone Engineering set-up in June with the pairing set to pilot Holden’s TT-winning LCR Honda, a switch from the Suzuki power unit they used in 2017.

11am Friday: 2 hour delay to this schedule announced so far, just to let the course dry.

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All the Thursday schedule at the TT has been cancelled. 


Ben and Tom Birchall took a record breaking Sure Formula Two Sidecar race win on Monday afternoon at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races with the Mansfield brothers taking their fifth TT victory and setting a new outright lap record of 117.119mph.

Their eventual winning margin over John Holden/Lee Cain was 25.6s with Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle holding onto third as the weather closed in on the final lap. It was the Manxman’s 30th podium in his 50th TT start.

The Birchalls made their intentions clear from the outset and opened up a 3.4s lead over Holden/Cain through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Molyneux/Sayle a further second behind in third. The Founds brothers, Alan and Pete, with Jake Lowther and Jevan Walmsley in the respective chairs, were occupying fourth and fifth as Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes held sixth.


I'm sure a report will follow very soon, but for now the official results from 

Congraulations Ben and Tom on the win, a new record lap of 117mph is just incredible, brilliantly done gentlemen! 

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Thanks to Andy Haynes who posted this up, I couldn't find it on the TT site having an old bloke moment- SE..

The start list for TT Sidecar Race One, now due to start on Monday. 


At 12.40pm, it was the turn of the F2 Sidecars and although Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle elected to miss the session, the Birchall brothers made their intentions clear with an opening lap of 114.61mph.

However, on their second lap, the Mansfield pair stopped at the 11th Milestone to make adjustments and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther were quickest second time around at 112.703mph.

There was an announcement just around 3pm in the paddock that tonight's practice has been cancelled due to poor weather. 

There is another announcement expected around 4pm we hear.. .will update if we find out anything. 

Update at 16.00

The Sidecar Race A will now be on Monday, with Saturday having 2 Sidecar qualifying sessions, the Superbike race has also been put back to Sunday.. more updates once the list is published.

Friday Practices
18.20 to 19.40 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
19.45 to 20.40 Sidecars
20.40 to 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Saturday Practices

10.40 - 12.00 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
12.05 - 13.05 Sidecar Qualifying
14.10 - 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) practice session
15.40 - 16.30 Sidecar practice session
16.35 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport practice (1 lap)
17.00 TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)

Sunday Practice (Superbike Race is Sunday as well)
16.25 Sidecar Practice (1 lap)
16.40 TT Zero Practice (1 lap)

Race Schedule

14.00 TT Superbike Race 1 (6 laps)
10.45 TT Supersport Race 1 (4 laps)
14.15 Sidecar Race (3 laps)
12.15 TT Superstock (4 laps)
10.45 TT Supersport Race 2 (4 laps)
13.45 TT Lightweight Race (4 laps)
16.25 TT Zero Race (1 lap)
10.30 TT Sidecar Race 2 (3 laps)
12.45 Senior TT Race (6 laps)