Sidecar racer Kerry Williams is gearing up for a landmark trip to the iconic Isle of Man TT and is hoping for a fitting result .
Williams sets off to race on the island’s treacherous roads for the 10th time fresh from a second place finish at last year’s Pre-TT Classic.
The Melton rider and passenger Billy Weston will line up for his second crack at the festival’s curtain-raiser later this month, having won the race’s best newcomer award 12 months ago.
The Classic may be a step down from his days in the main sidecar TT, but Williams has nothing to prove having climbed the most coveted podium in sidecar racing in 2010 when he finished third.
And he insists the 4.5-mile Castle Town circuit holds enough terrors and thrills to prove a satisfying enough test.
He said: “Having competed in the main TT, the Classic is more laidback. This is more relaxed and a lot smaller, but it’s still exciting and a real road race.
“It still has some serious bumps to negotiate and stone walls to avoid.
“There will a large European contingent coming over to challenge. Anything can happen at the Isle of Man because the best people go there to race.”
From the Isle of Man, Williams will compete at the notorious Oliver’s Mount circuit, near Scarborough, in mid-June.
His wife Jennifer will passenger there and share the duties with Weston through the season.
Team Williams then begins its Camathus European Challenge campaign as they bid to follow up on last season’s third place finish.
The season, which runs until September, will take them back and forth to circuits in Belgium, France and England throughout the summer.
“We were lying second in the championship in the final round at Magny Cours last year,” he added.
“But we spun out and spent the rest of the race trying to catch up and that cost us second place.
“The bike was running really well in testing at Mallory so we have high hopes. We’d like to say a big thanks to Tony Keele for his help and preparation.”