5 fast facts about the Isle of Man TT races

2017-02-22 00:00:00.0

As many of you know, Standard Bank has an office based on the Isle of Man which is a small island located in the middle of the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. 

It is 52 kilometres (32 miles) long and, at its widest point, 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide. For two weeks of the year, 40,000 visitors flock to the Island to watch the legendary TT Races; a series of motorbike races that take place on public roads which for two weeks of every year since 1907 close and become a 37.50 mile long racetrack circuit! 

So... what can we tell you about the TT? 

Here are 5 fast paced facts to keep you on the edge of your seat; 

The first Isle of Man TT race was held in 1907 and it was won by Rem Fowler on a Norton twin. Fowler set the fastest lap overall at 22m 06s, clocking an average speed of 42.91 mph. Michael Dunlop put in a record breaking lap in the Superbike TT in 2016 of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds with a record average lap speed recorded of 133.962mph.

The middle Sunday of the TT fortnight has been coined ‘Mad Sunday’ which sees the thousands of fans donning fancy dress and taking to the course. The maddest thing of all, there is no speed restriction on the mountain section finally, we can't talk about the TT and not mention Joey Dunlop. 

Joey won races at the Isle of Man TT a total of 26 times in his career - legendary! This year the fortnight is from 27 May to 09 June so why not keep abreast of all the action by visiting www.iomtt.com.