Several improvements to the T.T. Paddock are well underway ahead of this year’s event, which the organisers hope will make the competitors’ stay over T.T. fortnight more enjoyable.
Former T.T. winner Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle is assisting the Manx Motor Cycle Club with the layout of the paddock, where the hope is to maximise the available space and organise the area efficiently.
Among the improvements being put in place the grassed area of the Parc Ferme area is being tarmac-ed ahead of this year’s event whilst roller road will be laid in the day field for the duration of the event. Several television screens will be put in position at different locations around the Grandstand in time for this year’s event also, relaying the timing information to the race teams and the general public.
The Organisers are also pleased to be welcoming back to the T.T. Paddock, Phoenix Distribution’s Arai Helmets service centre who will operate from behind the Grandstand. Phoenix are the UK’s biggest supplier of motor cycle clothing and accessories and it is estimated that over 80% of T.T. competitors choose Arai helmets, so their presence will be welcomed by a large majority of the paddock. This initiative follows Mr Cretney’s request to Mr Brouwer, Managing Director of Arai Europe for an Arai presence at the T.T. Mr Brouwer will be on the Island during this year’s T.T. and will be meeting with the Minister to discuss Arai’s future involvement.
Joining Arai will be K-Tech Suspension, who bring their service centre to the T.T. for the first time. K-Tech operate from all the British Superbike Championship rounds and are a most welcome addition to the Paddock. K-Tech are the sole importers of Showa and Tecnoflex and are suppliers of such leading brands as Ohlins, Kayaba, Mazzochi and WP. They will be offering competitors service and support on forks, steering dampers and shock absorbers.
Speaking about the changes to the Paddock area, T.T. Clerk of the Course, Neil Hanson, commented:
“The Paddock area has for a long time been a bone of contention for some riders, and the organisers are doing everything they can to make their stay in the Paddock as pleasurable as possible. The Department of Tourism and Leisure has invested a considerable sum of money to make these changes possible. Paddock safety always has to be the main priority and feel that the changes being made will improve the Paddock considerably. This is something the organisers are going to continue working on, and hope to see further improvements in the years to come. We are also delighted to see Arai Helmets and K-Tech Suspension attending the event this year with their service centres. The service they both provide will be an invaluable one for the competitors and hopefully they will be made to feel welcome and return in the years ahead.”