Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with passenger Rob Biggs took the Dean Ryde F2 outfit to Mallory Park on Friday for a shakedown test with the new bike. This was the first time the bike has been on a circuit and it was expected they would encounter some niggling problems which need rectifying prior to the first meeting at Cadwell over Easter.
The outfit has been built by Dean Ryde with the intention of running it at the 2018 Isle of Man TT races with Horspole and Biggs and is now in the final stages of development.
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.
This time he will be pairing up with Rob Biggs who was his passenger in the British F1 championship for a few years from 2011 before leaving to drive his own outfit.
Gary commented: “I never thought I would ever go back to the TT races but the thought of riding a brand new outfit and being involved with some of my old racing mates was too good an opportunity to turn down.
“We put in a fair few laps at Mallory and the outfit is running well but we did find a problem with the fuel pump so that will be replaced before we go to Cadwell for our first race where we will be using the track time for further testing. It is all coming together now and we can’t wait to get out on track under race conditions.
“We are under no illusions about the task in hand but the bike looks so good it needs to be on track. We all have a lot of TT experience so hopefully things will all come together quickly.
The 2018 Isle of Man TT festival runs from May 26 - June 8 with the two three lap Sidecar races scheduled for Saturday, June 2 and Friday, June 8.