SUN DRENCHED RACE FANS ENJOY METZELER POST TT RACES AT BILLOWN

Dean Harrison out front

Dean Harrison out front

Metzeler-podium The Metzeler Post TT Races gave fans one last chance to enjoy ‘real road racing’ as thousands of spectators lined the historic Billown road course near Castletown. The event was held in yet more fantastic weather as riders tackled the high speed wall lined circuit from spectacular massed starts, while Metzeler supported rider Dean Harrison was unlucky not to win two of the main races.

Metzeler guests and a photo/video crew savoured the laid back yet efficient atmosphere of this Southern 100 organised event which was devised originally by the Steam Packet ferry company to stagger race fan departures.

Joining the thousands of hardened race fans, many local residents watch the event from their front gardens adding to the community feel as families enjoy the grassed paddocks and take in the smells and sights of varied two and four stroke machinery.

Metzeler supported TT rider Dean Harrison so nearly gave the event a perfect christening in its first year of sponsorship from the German company as he won the mixed Supertwin/250/Singles class but was unlucky to have to pull out of the main event Supersport 600 race whilst comfortably leading.

Billown race paddock

Billown race paddock

The event marked the finale of an action packed week for Metzeler as it kicked off its road racing programme. Metzeler supported racers such as Harrison, Gary Johnson, Guy Martin, Josh Brookes and James Hillier acquitted themselves well in the brand’s return to racing during the various TT races. Three hundred visitors were kept happy as they enjoyed a tented Village with full facilities in Metzeler tents and over 1,000 TT fans enjoyed a night to remember in a Racing and Rock festival at the Metzeler Ultimate Party, in the Villa Marina, Douglas.

Travelling race fan Ian Lawrence said, “This week has just got better and better, I can’t believe it. We’ve stayed all week at the Metzeler Village, which was quiet, relaxed and had great facilities, watched some cracking racing up at the Creg and rode the course about six times.

We went to the Villa Marina do for the AC/DC tribute act then out of nowhere Brookes, Johnson, Hillier and Harrison came up on stage, everyone went crazy, amazing. Then to top it all off we rode down here to the Post TT races, topped up the tans and saw yet more racing, I’ll be going home well happy, thanks Metzeler!”

Metzeler UK Marketing Manager Jim Worland commented; “After the high profile TT week, it was a charming contrast to experience the real grassroots racing and enthusiasm of the hardworking Southern 100 club. The racing is very different for the fans to watch with the mass starts and it was intriguing to see the varied types of machinery on show.

We’re proud to be associated with the event and it was an ideal finale to an action packed week of fan activities and racing.”

To see the top Metzeler riders behind the scenes and in preparation for the TT please visit: www.metzeler.com/roadracing and on Twitter follow #roadtolegend

Videos are also available on You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/metzelermoto

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