German finance company Gunther Reuschling will join Eastern Airways as major backers for Reeves, who is also sponsored locally by HS Contractors, Commercial Tyres, Lime Logistics and Goody Demolition, in his quest for glory in the World and British F1 sidecar championships plus will also support his debut ride at the Isle of Man TT races.
“I am delighted to welcome Gunther Reuschling to the team. I hope to repay their faith in me by securing the world title once again.”
The current world and British champion will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races partnered by Patrick Farrance who, despite his youth, is a very experienced TT passenger and rode with Reeves to victory throughout 2007 in the world and British championships.
Managing the team for the TT will be 10-times world champion Steve Webster MBE who also attended the launch in Douglas and said: “ I am not really the team manager, I provided the bike and am sponsoring the boys for the TT.
“Patrick has contested the TT before with Andy Laidlow but this is the first time for Tim. For him to come over and take on Nick Crowe and Dave Molyneux in their own back garden is quite a task and I admire him for doing it. I wanted to help so provided the bike – the rest is down to these two!”
Patrick Farrance added: “I have ridden the TT course four times so know the importance of track knowledge and hopefully I can pass on my TT experience to Tim so that we can get off to a good start.”
Tim Reeves said: “This is something I have always wanted to do. My main priority this past few years has been to win the world championship and having concentrated all my efforts into that I have been unable to put a package together for the TT. But this year, with the deal with Steve, its all come together.
“With the additional backing from Gunther Reuschling I have been able to put together two different teams of back up crews for this season, one for the world and British championship rounds and another for the TT campaign. Its going to be a bit hectic with the first round of the world championship being at Donington Park at the beginning of the TT practise week in late May but it will be much easier now we have two teams in place and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
Tim went on to speak about how he feels he will fare at the TT: “Obviously you can drive around the 37.73-mile course in a car in an effort to learn your way around but once you get on board the outfit it will be a completely different ball game.
“I am realistic about my chances of success and really this year is about enjoying the experience and coming home in one piece. Mind you I will be trying hard and going as fast as I can to gain a respectable result.
“I intend to contest the TT each year from now on and my ultimate aim is to win a TT race – we will just have to wait and see how long it takes me to do that!”
Tim and Patrick will see race action for the first time in 2008 at Donington Park on Easter Sunday when they will begin the defence of their title in the first round of the British F1 Sidecar Championship. They return to the Leicestershire circuit on May 25 to compete in the opening round of the Superside World championship before heading off to the Isle of Man for a week of practise in preparation for the two sidecar races that take place on May 31 and June 4.