the Manx TT Course

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Route Outline

15th - 17th March 2012

Leg One  -  Motor Cycle Mann

Leg One takes the greatest pure road race circuit of them all, the TT Mountain Circuit, as the basis of its route. Whilst we will start from the famous Grandstand and travel every yard of the thirty seven and three quarter miles our competition will loop off the bikers hallowed course to tackle seven regularities and ten special tests along dramatic coastlines and through the wooded glens of the classic Manx rally stages. St John’s, The Cronk, The Kella, Dog Mills and The Hibernian will all feature in a day primarily in the north and east of the Island.

The inner man (or woman) will not be neglected with coffee halts in keeping with our TT theme at two iconic watering holes “The Mitre Inn” and the “Creg-ny-Baa Hotel” and the lunch halt on the outskirts of Ramsey.

Three Legs of Mann

Special Tests along dramatic coastlines

The record for one lap of the TT circuit on two wheels, set in 2009 by Lancastrian John McGuiness, is 17 minutes 12 seconds. Insofar as the four wheel equivalent is concerned former Manx resident Mark Higgins driving a Subaru set an all-time fastest lap in June 2011. Averaging 115.356 MPH the Higgins lap took 19 minutes 37 seconds and the WRX STI hit speeds in excess of 162 MPH.

As we will be using the roads that make up the course primarily as transport sections our pace will be a little less frantic and the first competitor should complete the leg (and the lap) by 16:30, some eight hours after leaving the start!

Leg Two  -  Night Watch Mann!

The first car will start the evening leg from the rally HQ to face a series of regularities and time control sections. There will be around three hours of competitive motoring with a thirty minute fuel and coffee halt at the mid-point in Ramsey. The intention is that everyone should be back in the bar of the Mount Murray by midnight to swap tall tales before bedtime.

Three Legs of Mann

Tough challenges through glorious countryside
Photos Tony Large

Leg Three  -  Scenic Mann

The Saturday morning restart is at 8:30 and competitors are immediately into the first of the days six regularity sections. Two tests follow in quick succession preceding a coffee halt at the newly opened Manx Nation Heritage attraction “The Story of Mann” housed in the what was the railway station in the charming little harbour town of Peel. Perhaps there is even time for a little history lesson along with the coffee and biscuits!

Mona’s Isle is justly renowned for spectacular scenery and while the third and final leg will provide some tough challenges the route will pass through glorious countryside with particularly stunning sea views on two clockwise loops to the south and west. Those from our lunch halt, Bradda Glen restaurant, above Port Erin and from our afternoon coffee stop near Niarbyl being especially noteworthy.

Again we plan to include some of the fabulous roads familiar to many as Manx stages. On this leg we will feature sections of Foxdale Mines, Glen Maye, Little London, Druidale and Marine Drive. In addition we have two great hill climbs one of which passes the former home of F1 star Nigel Mansell who lived on the Island for several years.

The first competitors will be at the finish of the leg in the outskirts of Douglas by 15:30 and from the seats in the TT Grandstand the crews will be able to watch their fellow competitors perform the final test. It is just a few minutes to the Mount Murray for a celebratory drink and the prize giving later that evening.