SIDECAR aces Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie are gearing up to make their team debut at the Isle of Man TT as they look to shift focus to the roads.
Pending entry confirmation, the Team ARC duo are set to hit the Mountain Course for the first time together after Hardie’s second go this year alongside driver John Lowther.
The Scotsman scored a best finish of ninth as he and Lowther clocked a best lap of 108.917mph in Sidecar race two back in June, and is now eyeing more roads action after a mixed 2019 of both FSRA and road racing.
“This year has actually been a good year for us despite a poor, in our opinion, final position in the British F2,” Hardie told UK Clubsport. “We showed at the S100 that we are not to be counted out.
“Next year our Main focus is the TT and the Southern 100. We are already starting our TT plans, both Lee and I have made plans for January, February and March for trips to the island.
“We’re not setting targets, what will be will be, but let’s be honest we’re not going for a Sunday drive. Both of us are looking to improve our weights and making massive lifestyle changes to improve our lap times.”
Crawford, who will be hitting the Mountain Course for the first time in May, is raring to go as he looks to tack on more road events for 2020.
“Scott and I achieved a lot this year with the Southern and Scarborough and I’ve been wanting to do the TT for a while, but now is the right time,” he admitted.
“Obviously it will be my first time, but Scott already has track time under his belt so that will really help us out. Plus we will be running alongside a very successful team manager in Tony Baker from TBD Developments to give us the best chances at success.”
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