Posted: 23 Jul 2013
Leading modern day TT greats will do battle with established classic racing stars on a superb array of machinery in this year’s Bennetts 500cc Classic Race. With multiple TT and Manx GP winners and world-class teams from across the globe, the 92-strong entry is set to rival that of any modern day event on the 2013 international road racing calendar.
Current King of the Mountain John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop – the man who dominated this year's TT races meeting with four victories – are set to relive their TT battles from June as they go to head-to-head in the opening event of race week on Saturday 24 August. McGuinness will ride the Team Winfield Italian Paton machine, previously taken to numerous race wins by Ryan Farquhar, while Dunlop will board a Norton from the Molnar Manx stable that will run in the colours of his own MD Racing Team.
However, they won’t have it all their own way with no less than eight out of the first ten starters from the PokerStars Senior TT Race in the entry including Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey. Other TT Race stars include Guy Martin, who will also be Norton-mounted, riding for Team Molnar Manx while Gary Johnson lines up on the Lincs Lifting Ltd MV Agusta, and Manxman Conor Cummins has appropriately elected to ride Tony Dunnell’s Manx Norton. James Hillier and William Dunlop have both chosen Honda machinery with Hillier campaigning the CSC Racing Honda and Dunlop on the Davies Motorsport Honda.
Ten-time TT Race winner Ian Lougher may have announced his retirement from TT competition but he’ll be back in action on the 37.75-mile Mountain Course, riding the same 500cc Royal Enfield that Steve Linsdell has excelled on while Jamie Coward (Craven Norton), Davy Morgan (CSC Racing Honda), Stephen Thompson (Ron Todd Matchless) and Mark Parrett (500cc BSA Gold Star) add to the current crop of leading TT racers competing in the 500cc Classic Race.
However, the race is also packed with some of the very best Classic racers and not only will they be trying to upstage the TT riders, they have every chance of taking victory with their extensive experience of racing Classic machines.
Leading the field off at number 1 will be Olie Linsdell on Giovanni Cabassi’s Paton with multiple Manx Grand Prix winner Roy Richardson going at number 8 on the FCL/Martin Bullock Manxsport Aermacchi. Ten seconds behind him will be Chris Palmer on Richard Shelton’s super-quick Matchless with Alan Oversby lining up on a second Davies Motorsport Honda, this time at number 14.
Chris Swallow (NG Wooderson BSA), Wattie Brown (Hans George-Stutz Norton), Chris McGahan (Atherstone Accident Repair Centre Matchless), Paul Coward (Werner Molders Honda), Mark Herbertson (Alan Hermiston Matchless) and Allan Brew (Luviair / Mike and Dawn Jacobs Matchless) are all more than capable of finishing inside the top six while Nigel Moore, Dave Madsen Mygdal, Doug Snow, Bob Owen, Bob Price and Bruno Leroy add further quality to what undoubtedly represents the best Classic race entry ever assembled.