New­com­ers re­stric­tion? No.

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Dear CR Can I please voice my dis­sat­is­fac­tion at the fac­tual inac­cu­racy of the state­ment re­gard­ing new­com­ers at the Manx Grand Prix. There is no 40 years of age (or any other age re­lated) re­stric­tion on new­com­ers to the Manx Grand Prix. Each and ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion for an en­try is con­sid­ered purely on the in­di­vid­ual merit of the com­peti­tor ap­pli­cant. This year we have ac­cepted an en­try from a new rider who is mea­sur­ably older than 40 years. Rid­ing in the 95-year-old event of the Manx Grand Prix is a ma­jor goal and a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment for road rac­ing com­peti­tors. An­nual ap­pli­ca­tions for race en­tries num­ber far in ex­cess of the max­i­mum al­low­able num­ber of race starters of 80 in the Light­weight/ul­tra­lightweight, Ju­nior and Se­nior races. For safety rea­sons the New­com­ers race start limit is less than this. The Manx Mo­tor Cy­cle Club’s am­bi­tion is to de­velop rid­ers’ skill lev­els and ex­pe­ri­ence on the Moun­tain Course, both for the fu­ture of the event and to pre­pare the many who progress to the TT (64% of 2018 TT rid­ers pre­vi­ously raced at the MGP). There­fore the MMCC has to se­lect those rid­ers who are likely to give a good ac­count of them­selves dur­ing the event and who also in­di­cate a com­mit­ment to fu­ture years of rac­ing on the Moun­tain Course at the MGP or TT. Peter Mad­docks Email

Guilty as charged Peter. My first para­graph in the story of Bernard Fau’s dis­ap­point­ment at be­ing turned down for the Classic TT should just have said ‘Classic TT’ and not in­cluded the words Manx Grand Prix. Clearly the ac­cep­tance rules for the Classic TT are in line with those of the TT proper, which has a 40-years-old new­comer’s cut-off. Apolo­gies for any con­fu­sion caused. Malc Wheeler

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