Welcome to Team T3Racing
Our first challenge was to take on the world famous mountain course - the 2016 Isle of Man TT.
The team competed in both 600cc Supersport races, with rider and double TT winner
Gary Johnson on board a Triumph Daytona 675, finishing both races inside the top 10. Not bad for starters.
It was an exciting 2 weeks on the most thrilling race track in the world, and we'll be back for more in 2017!
FOR THE LOVE OF RACING.
IOM TT 2016 - Supersport
First race ever:
First road race:
1st road win:
2nd road wins:
Best road circuit:
Best bike ever:
Grimsby, Licolnshire, UK
2007 - Northwest 200
2011 - IOM TT
2014 - IOM TT
Isle of Man Mountain Course
MV Agusta 500cc Triple
Gary Johnson (aka Driver)
Since starting racing in 2004, Gary quickly became one of the best young road racers in the UK, with strong finishes at Cookstown, the Ulster GP, the North West 200, and the IOM TT.
In only his 3rd visit to the Isle of Man TT, Gary achieved an amazing 3rd place in the Blue Riband "Senior" race with a best lap of over 129mph. Amazing for a virtual newcomer.
The 2011 TT was an outstanding year and saw Gary reach his goal by winning the 2nd Supersport race, leading from start to finish, and 3rd place in the Superbike race with a best lap of 130.45mph.
His 2nd TT supersport win came in 2014.
We hope that Gary can eclipse his past successes this year and bring home more silverware with Team T3Racing. Go #7!!!
Our weapon of choice for this year's Supersport TT is the Triumph 675 Daytona. With a wide spread of power and torque and an impressive power-to-weight ratio and razor sharp handling, these bikes are mighty quick around the mountain course.
Team T3Racing will be making substantial improvements to the stock bike to withstand the rigors of the toughest road race on the planet, making the bike as fast as possible without sacrificing reliability.
Team T3Racing are also planning on producing a very limited number of road-going replicas bikes, carrying the same livery of the Team bike with some carefully chosen performance upgrades. If you're keen to find out more about these amazing and super-rare replicas, please click here to register your interest.
Post-race resting (inc. flies).
As most of you know we ran a competition to win Gary's No.1 race bike, along with various runner-up prizes, after the second Supersport race this year. The lucky winner - Sergeant Douglas Gordon - will soon be delivered the bike, along with a very special Gary Johnson TT signed helmet. Congratulations to him and all the other winners, and a special thanks to all who took part.
Full list of the lucky winners are as follows:
Ticket no. 275 - TT3Racing Triumph Daytona 675
Ticket no. 292 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 393 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 233 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 472 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 409 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 69 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 417 - Gary Johnson signed Bell Helmet
Ticket no. 449 - Revo TT3Racing sunglasses
Ticket no. 346 - 6t9 cleaning and lubricant pack
Ticket no. 240 - TT3 Racing goodie pack
Ticket no. 277 - TT3 Racing t-shirt
We would like to thank the entire team for their efforts and everyone for their support, until next year...
Gaz signing the bike prior to the raffle draw
Team T3Racing's 10 days in June at the IOM TT 2016
It's been quite a journey since February and the inception of Team T3 Racing and our quest to take on the 'Mountain' course at the Isle of Man TT.
This article is my attempt to share a glimpse into the highs and lows of such an event and the all consuming passion and dedication that such a team requires to participate, let alone be at 'the sharp end'.
Like most things in life, 'repetition is the mother of skill', so this being our 1st TT we had little to base it upon. Imagine packing for a holiday with no idea of where you are going and you might get an idea. Loading the lorry with essentials such as race bikes, spares, sleeping equipment and so on was just the start!
Mark (Frankie) set off on the 28th May and headed to Liverpool in our fully laden Truck to catch the ferry the following afternoon and to arrive in Douglas that evening. The journey was smooth and the Truck fantastic (thanks to Kieran) with her fair share of admiring glances! When Mark finally arrived at the Paddock he was directed by Lloyd to a wonderful area in Paddock A rubbing shoulders with all the 'Superstars of the sport' the only downside was that it was on a slight gradient (far from ideal to set up racing machinery). Thanks to Gavin for providing and installing over 100 sq metres of decking to overcome that issue and the team was set.
The engineers quickly arrived thereafter and immediately starting stripping bikes down to their frames (or so it seemed - I soon learned this was a race bike engineers daily ritual). Such is the level of competition and risk at the TT that every single component, every nut, bolt and washer must be checked not once, not twice but three times. Constant adjustments were made, these adjustments are almost infinite and one alteration here can change the dynamics there. We were soon to discover the full implications of these tiny adjustments and the potential havoc they can cause...
The 1st race was exciting, thrilling, and as Gary Johnson approached the start on our No 7 bike there was more than a flutter in my stomach. Off he roared after the 10 second interval chasing Hutchinson for the Supersport 4 lap race. Amid the incredible noise we heard that Gary was doing well and was among the leaders. He maintained his pace for the first and second lap, running 6th and challenging for 5th place, and came into the pits to refuel. The average time for this pitstop is about 50 seconds, but due to the particular way we had set up the bike's idle it did not want to restart. The throttle position sensor was telling the ECU that the engine was already running so it refused to fire, leaving us no choice but to bump-start the bike instead. Our pitstop took 1 min 44 seconds. Gary rejoined the race in 16th position and rode hard, clawing back some of the lost time to finish in a very credible 9th place with a last lap average speed of over 124mph, his best lap. With a regular pitstop we could have been 5th chasing down 4th, but that's racing.
The post-race debrief took many hours and the 'fault' was identified on the laptop and dyno rolling road (thanks to Frank) and another bike strip took place. These rebuilds often take the team deep into the early hours and the timings. With the second race on the Wednesday there was little time to loose and more dyno work required. The new engine we installed was mapped/fettled and created the most power of the 4 engines we took, delivering a very healthy 136bhp.
The pace in race 2 was nothing short of blistering with Ian Hutchinson matching lap-record pace from the outset and Michael Dunlop in hot pursuit, along with Dean Harrision, John McGuiness and others. Our pit stop was much better at 59 seconds and out Gary went without drama. Our pace was slightly up on the 1st race, however so was every one else's! After approx 1 hour and 45 minutes racing Gary crossed the line, again in 9th position.
It's fair to say I wanted more for the team, more for our efforts and dedication and more for our rider, however taking everything into consideration and upon reflection we achieved something quite remarkable. From an embryonic new team we took on the 'Mountain', raced with our hearts, threw caution to the wind and finished our first ever IOM TT twice in the top 10. In my opinion it's a credit to the entire team, those at the event and Tony & Dave back-at-base at T3 Racing.
Huge thanks to the entire team (pictured left to right, Jenny, Mark (Frankie), Pete (Pistol), Gary, me, Gary (engineer), Ty, Ian (Crew Chief) and Bob from Alaska), and a final huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters - without whom this would not have been possible. Here's to the 2017 TT! Andy J.
2016 IOM TT RACE REPORT
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