TT legend John McGuinness is set to compete in this weekend’s No Limits Racing round at Oulton Park in a bid to gather much-needed Mountain Course licence signatures.
The road racing superstar is in an 11th-hour dash to collect the required finishes that will allow him to race at the upcoming Classic TT, which the ACU confirmed in a statement today:
“There has been some speculation regarding the eligibility for John McGuinness to take part in the forthcoming Classic TT event with respect to the Mountain Course Licence Requirement.
“John has been informed that he will achieve the riding requirements to take part, subject to completing club races and an endurance race this weekend.”
No Limits Racing bosses confirmed that the 23-time TT winner is set to take a place on the Pirelli Super Series 1000 grid, with more action possible in the three-hour National Endurance race on Saturday afternoon.
The news comes just weeks after McGuinness was spotted on the KMSC’s Reverse Circuit in the Superbike class, where he told Knockhill Radio he was just trying to get in as much bike time as possible.
“I got to do three laps of warm-up then started on the back row of the grid before we went steaming off into Turn One, which is normally the other way round,” he said.
“Respect to the boys at the front, those leading guys are very impressive. It’s been a long time since I’ve been lapped as well, but it was nice to get on the grid and do a race – that’s what I’ve gotta do to get my licence to do the Classic TT.
“My bike hadn’t been started since the TT 2016 but I got the job done, got some laps and got my signatures for my licence.”
*Image: Jennifer Charlton