MONDELLO Masters man Ray Casey has revealed he’ll be making his first competitive outing at the Isle of Man TT this summer.
The 34-year-old Cork rider was a late bloomer on the tarmac scene, with his first short circuit outings in 2014, but has since been challenging in the top five of the Irish Superbike and Supersport championships.
Casey made his road racing debut at Walderstown in 2017, where he finished tenth in the Supersport Race, before heading to the Faugheen Road Races where he notched up a fifth place finish in the Supersport Race – only beaten by Derek Sheils, Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan and Derek McGee.
For his TT debut this season, Casey plans to work alongside Brian McCormack, whom he’s been helping out at the event for the past six years.
And while he’ll have the help of McCormack to boost his learning process, he knows it won’t be an easy task.
“I feel that this is the time to make my TT Races debut,” Casey said. “I’ve really enjoyed competing on the roads to date but the Isle of Man TT is a huge challenge and one that I’m not underestimating.
“My visit to the island this weekend was great and I’ve already had really good insight from the Rider Liaison Officers Johnny Barton and Milky Quayle.”