Manx GP: Steve Blackney completes TT circuit in admirable style, in first of three races


Manx GP – Race day !! – Aug 30th – Blog by Alan Boyter at Vendetta Racing-By 7am, we are all up ready for breakfast and the sun is shining! not a cloud in the sky. By 8am we are in the pits and changing the tyres as we purposefully left the intermediates on, no point tempting the fate of the rain gods, best let them be.

The girls left to get a spot where they can get photo’s leaving us to struggle on and figure out exactly what the pattern of starting is. You would think its simple but when you have to keep a tool kit, spare wheels/tyres and fuel down in the pit lane yet have both paddock stands, tyre warmers and tools (should anything go wrong) up in the paddock/startline with the bike, a bit of thought needs to go into the process.

Steve before the race..

In no time at all we were called up to the main road to where the start line is and as Steve is number 8, in no time at all we were go! We got back down to our little pit area, Jason, Ben and myself and watched the local scouts battle with the timing board.  The timing board truly is a magnificent piece of history, since 1907 the local boy scouts have worked the timing board which is all done by a arrow showing which area of the track the riders are and painted boards showing times.  To be honest its not required as all the timing is done by transponders but its nice that the historic tradition is still kept up,  bearing in mind that there is 100 bikes on the track at any one time, it’s a lot of data to manually enter!

Steve carried an average speed of 103 mph Not bad considering the course is 37.7 miles in length !

Steve went flying past us to start lap 2 at 147mph, another 20 minutes or so and we would have to pull him in for a pitstop. we have a small booth about 4ft square which has 2 paddock stands, 1 set of wheels, 2 jerry cans, and various tools…a bit crowded to say the least but come the end of lap 2 in he came and we got him re-fueled and back out without any hiccups.

We also looked over the bike for any issues and changed his helmet when he was there as the visor is covered in bugs but its safer to change the entire helmet should you break a visor!

Poor R6 - One day rest then back out for more abuse on Wednesday...

Steve went on to complete the following 2 laps and as he crossed the line we were all unsure if he had finished 10th or 12th as there was another 2 bikes yet to finish which were doing almost identical times as he was.

As it was he finished 12th with a total time of 1hr 27 min 41 sec, this equates to a 103.2mph average over the entire race distance. Its worth bearing in mind that this also included a pitstop as a tank of fuel only lasts 2 laps and all the roads are normal back country roads, narrower than your average race circuit!  brave lad!

Needless to say we’ve been celebrating in the beer tent ever since, enjoying the fantastic weather and re-living the race through everyone else’s eyes.

What a great day, well done Steve!  just another 2 races to go!

Jasons advice for the day: Eye of the Tiger!

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13 hrs ago


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That’s brave very brave

Thanks Williams ~! 🙏🏽😆😆

Not cool to have this as a best moment of your career

Good lad mate

They're known as The Finn Three: Valtteri Wingman, Kimi Iceman and Heikki Fireman

I remember this Fair play to him 👍🏻

I recall this... I remember thinking what a hero not just for putting the fire out almost single handedly but also for not bringing a blazing car into the pits which would further endanger people's lives. Made the right call and dealt with it like a professional

Spin beautiful

True Fair Play! 👏 and where were the flares to show the yellow flags?

If you look closely, there was blue jetted flame before the corner. The issue had already started.

Woooow gracias a Dios todo bien 🤭

We Finns know how (y)

Heikki probably wanted to add some fireworks of his own.

The original wingman!

The stewards will give him a black and white flag! 😂

Top class Fire marshal also sprayed the car

😱, 🥺 & <3

2010 Singapore. Propably one of the best editions of this GP. Alonso vs Vettel, great charge by Kubica and Heikki the Firefighter. Propably GPs like this won't happen for so long...



Jesus está voltando,se prepara para encontrares com o senhor teu Deus

Had the Halo been there he wouldn't have had as easy a time getting out. Imagine if the car had been upside down. A risk the FIA never seem to have considered.

that was really close


Well done, quick thinking not to choke up the pitlane.

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