ROW OVER WHO RUNS THE TT COULD END UP IN COURT
The firm that was set to take over the promotion of the Isle of Man races has branded the IOM Government ‘incompetent’ after their deal, which was supposed to see them take control of the iconic TT races next year, fell apart.
In August, it was announced that the Government would remain in charge of the 2017 TT after delays in signing the contract with Vision Nine but ever since then rumours were awash that the deal could be off entirely.
These rumours grew stronger two weeks ago, leading to Vision Nine’s CEO, Julian Topham slamming the Isle of Man Government on Manx TV.
Topham said: “We have instructed our lawyers to commence litigation. We have invested huge amounts of money in this process. We followed the bid guide and process to a tee. They have advised us to have conversations with stakeholders, sponsors, broadcasters, marshals’ associations etc, all of which we have done in good faith.”
These comments forced an urgent motion to be tabled in the Isle of Man’s Parliament, the House of Keys, which read: “Following discussions with other Isle of Man Government Departments, the Department of Economic Development has decided to discontinue the current independent promoter tender process for the TT Races and Classic TT Races,” read a motion tabled the Isle of Man’s Parliament last week.
“The Department of Economic Development will continue to work with the other Government Departments and independent contractors to deliver the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races.”
TT officials have been instructed not to make further comment, while Vision Nine were unavailable for comment following the release of the statement.
‘We’ll commence litigation. We have invested huge amounts of money in this process’ JULIAN TOPHAM