Weston rider posts best-ever Isle of Man TT results

PUBLISHED: 09:07 05 August 2016

Shaun Parker.

Shaun Parker.

Lynn Ross

A motor cycle sidecar rider has returned from the Isle of Man TT Races with the team's best-ever results.

Weston’s Shaun Parker has just returned from the annual Isle of Man TT Races having posted their best-ever results.

Shaun took part in the sidecar races with driver Matt Dix from Sussex. The pair have only been participating at the TT races for three years and came away with two fifth places out of more than 50 competitors.

The average lap speeds over the three-lap race were more than 110.6 mph and the fastest lap so far this year was recorded over 111mph. There are only just over 30 side car teams who have lapped at more than 110mph and Matt and I are proud to members of this elite group.

The racing takes place on closed public roads over a 38-mile circuit around the island at speeds of more than 140mph in places. Since his first visit in 2008, Shaun has to continually revise the circuit by watching on-board laps and visiting the island and driving laps in a hire car.

He first started sidecar racing in 2004 and has been hooked ever since and his job in the team is to shift his weight in the sidecar around when cornering to provide as much grip as possible to the wheels as they corner.

Shaun has been racing with driver Matt, who is from Sussex since 2008 and they have won championships together with the North Gloucester Road Race Club.

Having originally taking part on race circuits such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Castle Coombe, the pair teamed up in 2008 while watching a mutual friend compete on the Isle of Man and Team Dixie Racing was formed.

Shaun had good support from his family this year, with parents Graham and Dina and brothers Daryl and Kevin also came to the races this year, with Kevin coming all the way from New Zealand where he now lives.

Whilst being mainly self-funded, this year the duo were lucky enough to get some help from locally-based firm Apache Construction and Bristol tattooist Ben Boston. If anyone else is interested in sponsoring the team, find us on Facebook - Teamdixieracing

Shaun has also attended various charity functions talking about his hobby with videos and pictures. If anyone would like to hear this presentation/talk, he would be more than happy to come along and can be contacted on shaun.g.parker@gmail.com

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