Mike to make his mark in Manx Grand Prix

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Derek Kiely

Mount Uni­acke in East Cork is the home of Mike Browne, who is hop­ing to be the next big Irish suc­cess on the Isle of Man when he com­petes in the Manx Grand Prix from Au­gust 18 to 31.

In a short space of time, Browne has gone through the rig­or­ous rounds of qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the event, which is a step­ping stone to rub­bing shoul­ders with the likes of the Dun­lops and the Hutchin­sons of this world at the TT Races.

Orig­i­nally from Rostel­lan, Mike has been in love with bikes since he can re­mem­ber and is very close to re­al­is­ing what all mo­tor cy­clist dream of, rac­ing at the TT laps on the fa­mous Is­land course.

“Since I was very young I have al­ways loved mo­tor­bikes and I have dreamt for years about get­ting the chance to race in the Isle of Man and af­ter years of Mo­tocross and cir­cuit rac­ing and my time on the roads in the Ju­nior Class I am only weeks away from achiev­ing that dream.

“I was over in the Isle of Man re­cently at a new­com­ers week­end and we were driven around the course and it is a lot tougher than I thought it would be, be­tween bumps, bends, pot holes and other ob­struc­tions it re­ally is a dif­fi­cult lap, but I was very ex­cited to see it and got some sort of feel to what I am up against, I even bought the Isle of Man PlayS­ta­tion game to try and get some idea of the course.

“I am go­ing to fly over four or five times over the next cou­ple of weeks to get around the course a few times more be­fore I head over on the 15th of Au­gust” said Browne.

Mike has proved he is top class al­ready at venues like Cook­stown, Tan­dragee, Faugh­een, Sk­er­ries and Ki­lalane com­ing sec­ond over­all in the Irish Ju­nior Sup­port on his Suzuki SV650 in 2016 and then im­proved even fur­ther on his Se­nior sea­son in 2017 on his race bike for the Manx Grand Prix, his Kawasaki ZX6R.

Mike will race in New­comer A and the se­nior Manx Grand Prix which are both run over four 37.75-mile laps with an av­er­age of 20- 25 min­utes per lap. He will have a week’s prac­tice and then it’s down to busi­ness.

He con­cluded by say­ing: “I want to thank my spon­sors so far, Robin­son Tyres, Mi­dle­ton, J Keniry Con­trac­tors, Youghal, and R&R Farms and Civil En­gi­neers, Mo­geely, for the sup­port and ev­ery­one else who is be­hind me and I hope that a few more come on board.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.