Manx woman qualifies to set up history-making debut in sidecar TT

Debbie Barron and passenger Rob Lunt pictured leaving Kirk Michael during TT practice. Picture: Dave Kneale

Debbie Barron and passenger Rob Lunt pictured leaving Kirk Michael during TT practice. Picture: Dave Kneale

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BRADDAN’S Debbie Barron will make history tomorrow by being the first Manx-born woman driver to race a sidecar at the Isle of Man TT after a last-gasp qualification lap on Monday afternoon.

She will be riding sidecar number 50 alongside passenger Rob Lunt, of Laxey, as part of Team Oscar Racing, who successfully completed two sidecar races during last year’s Southern 100.

Sidecar driver Debbie Barron

Sidecar driver Debbie Barron

Technical problems during last week’s practice sessions left the team tantalisingly close to qualifying pace for Saturday’s race.

Not to be beaten, the team regrouped and successfully qualified for Wednesday’s race during a one-lap qualifying session on Monday.

From a standing start the team achieved an average lap speed of 92.8mph, enough to ensure a place on the grid for Sure Sidecar Race Two, due to take place tomorrow at 3.15pm.

It’s a childhood dream come true for Barron, who has spent the last 22 years as a marshal at Ballagarey for the TT and Manx Grand Prix and has dreamed of competing in a TT since she was a little girl.

‘I just want to thank all of the people that have supported us all the way. The sheer number of good wishes and encouragement we’ve had has been overwhelming’, said Barron.

‘I’ve always said that you have to go out and fight for your dreams, and this week we’ve proved that to be the truth.’

Look for the distinctive black and green sidecar featuring Oscar from Sesame Street on the fairing.

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