A BRAND new road race is set to hit the north east in 2022 as chiefs today reveal the inaugural UK Clubsport Tyneside TT.
Plans have been lodged with local councils, including Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and North Tyneside in a bid to bring roads action to the banks of the River Tyne for the very first time.
Racing is set to kick off at a start-finish line on the Tyne bridge, following the Great North Run route through Gateshead and out to the beaches at South Shields.
It’s here where riders will take in views not unlike those up on the Isle of Man TT’s famous Mountain Mile section, before heading up into Jarrow, hometown of Olympic medallist Steve Cram, and dropping into the Tyne Tunnel.
Leaving the tunnel, racers will fly along past the famous Segedunum Roman Fort, the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, before eventually powering back into the city centre, on to the central motorway and across the line for a 23.9-mile lap.
Fancying his chances at taking a hometown victory, Geordie road racer Dom Herbertson says he’ll be among the first to sign up when entries open later this year.
“Of course man I’ll be straight in the queue,” Herbertson told UK Clubsport. “I’d love to give that a crack me like, it’ll be mint! Can you think of anything better than road racing in Newcastle?
“One thing I’d be cautious of is the bumps coming over the Tyne Bridge. We’ve been told they’re doing a seven-lap Seniors TT, so by that last lap it’ll be like holding on by ya finga’nails man!
“Let’s see how this Joker Lap idea goes too. Apparently we’re all meant to do one lap of each race over the Swing Bridge instead of the Tyne Bridge, but there’s no marked route – the organisers have just said ‘find your own way’…”
Scheduled to run over four days from September 13-16, 2022, the mass-start Tyneside TT will consist of two days of practice, one day of qualifying and a 10-race programme on the Thursday to include Superbike, Supersport, Streetstock 125 and Sidecar action.