Following its 90th birthday celebrations last year the Manx Grand Prix will this year mark another milestone when, for the first time, two female deputy clerks of the course will take the reins.
Lizzie Kinvig and Ruth Costain will be deputy to the event’s regular clerk of the course Phil Taubman and will be officiating at both the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT event which precedes it.
Lizzie said she was looking forward to taking on the responsibility: ‘It’s always exciting to be part of the event and I look forward to it. It’s about making sure everyone is treated fairly, and it is rewarding to be part of a well run event,’ she said.
Both Lizzie and Ruth Costain have been involved with the racing at Jurby, the S100, the Manx and off-island events at Aintree and Three Sisters for a number of years.
‘I’ve been going to motorsports events for as long as I can remember with my dad,’ Ruth said.
‘I used to marshal at Kirk Michael and I really enjoy being involved so really it was a natural progression.’
Both women have been involved in the race organisation in the control tower for a few years: ‘It can be a bit frenetic at times but it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it,’ she added.
Phil Taubman has been clerk of the course for the Manx Grand Prix since 2008 and also for the Southern 100 races at Billown.
‘The deputy can step in if anything were to happen to me on the day. But clerks and deputies need to be licensed so we have been encouraging them to go through the qualifying process. They need a B grade licence to work at a National event like the Manx then they can work under me for a couple of years and upgrade to A class licences.
‘I enjoy what I do and it is good to have some younger people becoming involved with the race organisation. I wish them well in their roles.’