Works Racing Customers Totally Dominate at Tandragee.

Tandragee in Northern Ireland is one of the great road racing circuits. Its 5.33 miles encompass every type of challenge for a road racing motorcycle: ultra-fast top gear corners, narrow twisting sections, incredible jumps and dips and long, long straights – all set in the beautiful Irish countryside. To be successful here, a rider needs a bike that is good at everything; lots of power, great handling, super brakes, the lot.

Works Racing customers Dean Stimpson (Izzard Racing), Mark Parrett (Chas Mortimer Racing), John Leigh-Pemberton (Works Racing) and Keith Clarke (Izzard Racing) showed that their Works-powered bikes are indeed the ideal package. Yesterday they finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th not just in the 500cc class, but overall in the Senior Classic race, all mounted on original ‘Lansdowne-specification’ standard 86mm bore bikes with 19” wheel rims and drum brakes. Dean’s bike was even fitted with a 1950s style fly screen instead of a full fairing, yet these four bikes left all the big 1000cc Weslakes, multi-cylinder Hondas and two-stroke Suzukis in their wake.

John Leigh-Pemberton, Mark Parrett and Dean Stimpson at the finish.  Thanks to Road Racing Ireland for the picture.








John Leigh-Pemberton, Mark Parrett and Dean Stimpson at the finish. Thanks to Road Racing Ireland for the picture.

Mark and Dean swapped the lead regularly in a thrilling race-long battle at the front, but on the last lap a back-marker impeded Mark just enough to let Dean open a gap that was decisive. Credit must go to the Izzard Racing team for getting Dean on to the starting grid. He had high-sided early in practise, not something that is advisable on a road circuit! So, congratulations from Works Racing HQ to all concerned, it was a stunning performance all round.

Mark Parrett will be riding his Works-Norton at the pre-TT Classic Races in the Isle of Man at the end of May, but the next outing for the Works team proper is at Montlhery near Paris on the 23/24th June. The event is the Café Racer festival organised by Café Racer magazine. The following weekend Mark and Works Racing’s principal Patrick Walker will be racing in Ireland again, this time at the Enniskillen revival. This is a brand-new event running for the first time on what looks to be another classic Irish road circuit. We can’t wait…