Carolynn Sells: first wo­man to win at IOM

Old Bike Australasia - - CLASSIC COB -

On the last day of rac­ing at the Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix I went to watch the Se­nior race at Sign­post Cor­ner. This was in the front yard of a res­i­dence owned by Martin Bul­lock. He and Paul Mor­ris­sey are well known spon­sors at the Isle of Man, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian, Graeme McGre­gor. Whilst there I was in­tro­duced to Carolynn Sells who was busy try­ing to han­dle and contain her three chil­dren. She is the only wo­man to have won a race at the Isle of Man which she did in the Manx Grand Prix Ul­tra-Light­weight 2009 on a FZR400 Yamaha, owned by Paul Mor­ris­sey. Her race time was 1.25.24.51 at an av­er­age speed of 106.22 and a full minute ahead of the sec­ond place get­ter on a 650 Suzuki. There were 55 rid­ers to fin­ish in that race which is no doubt an in­cred­i­ble feat for any rider. I made a com­ment that hav­ing three chil­dren no doubt slowed her down a bit. Her re­ply was that she rode in an en­durance event late last year in which she had just passed her part­ner Roger, and shortly after­wards fell off in front of him, which was rather em­bar­rass­ing. See you next is­sue, Pete

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