CROWE brothers Ryan and Callum are gearing up for their first stab at the Isle of Man TT next year after a season of mixed fortune on the short circuits.
And with five-time Sidecar TT winner and father Nick Crowe on their side, the pair are aiming for big things when they embark on their Mountain Circuit debut in 2018.
Despite having a different mountain to climb this year with a Triumph 675 Daytona R-powered F2 outfit that, by ACU regulations, meant they were forced to compete in the F1 class, Ryan and early season passenger Harry Payne battled through reliability issues to chalk up a win and nearly ten other podium finishes in the BMCRC.
“We were at a disadvantage to the 1000cc outfits, but we were competitive and produced some good results,” the driver said.
Crowe and Payne were originally set to compete at this year’s TT, but Colchester native Payne felt unsure about taking on the famous road race, resulting in an eventual team split.
“The TT is something you either want to do or not. In this case, Harry didn’t want to compete at the TT and I respect his views – we decided to part company and I wish him all the best for whatever the future brings.”
Fortunately for the elder Crowe boy, there was an eager passenger waiting in the wings: his younger brother Callum, who had already racked up enough wins with the King of Pop, sidecar driver Michael Jackson, to be crowned FSRA F2 Cup champions.
The Manxmen joined forces just over a week ago for the Auto 66 Club’s Sidecar Bash at Cadwell Park, where they bagged four podium finishes in four races with two seconds and two thirds, even smashing the outright club record with a lap that would have put them on the front row of the British championship race earlier this year.
“We would like to say a big thanks to a few of our sponsors: Hudspeth Flooring, Northern Fuels, Andrew Veal, Chris Wedgwood, JT Performance, Sulby Glen Hotel and all our friends and family for their continued support.
“Also we would like to convey our condolences to the family of the late Barry James who lost his life in a car accident a week ago… he was a gentleman and true sportsman and will be sadly missed.”
The Islanders now have their sights set firmly on the 2018 TT, where they’ll no doubt be aiming to one day take on the successes of their father with TT trophies of their own.
*Main image: Sid Diggins
*Side image: Dirk Wharton