Isle of Man TT: World Sidecar champion Tim Reeves to compete at 2008 TT

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The Sidecar Isle of Man TT races will get a huge boost this year with several new teams, including three-time World Sidecar champion Tim Reeves.

Reeves will make his debut on the 37.73mile mountain course with a brand new LCR Suzuki supplied by 10-times World Sidecar champion Steve Webster, who is also acting as Reeves’ manager for the event.

Tim Reeves won the 2007 World title with Pat Farrance in the chair who will again team with him for the 2008 season.

Farrance has already got four Isle of Man TTs under his belt when he raced with Andy Laidlaw.

Tim Reeves said: “The TT is something I’ve always wanted to do. I spoke to (TT and Motorsport Manager) Paul Phillips in 2005 about coming but wasn’t able to put a package together but now we’ve pulled it all off and I’m really looking forward to it.

“We’re continuing to race in the World series but will have two teams, one for the World’s and one for the TT.

“It’s going to be hard work this year with the first World round at Donington so we’re going to be flying in an out to do practice on the Island.”

Reeves has been putting a huge amount of work in to make sure he’s got good track knowledge going into the Isle of Man TT. Since making the decision to do the TT he’s been to the Island several times.

Reeves said: “We’ve done three weekends with Nick Crowe (Sidecar TT lap record holder) and three with Davy (Molyneux – 13-times Sidecar TT race winner).

“I aim to prepare as thoroughly as possible. I want to have fun and want t go home alive but I’m also a race and my aim is to win a TT.

“We’re still doing the world championship but my main focus is on winning the TT. That’s the new challenge in my life.”

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin