Isle of Man TT star, Ivan Lintin, has confirmed that he will make his Classic TT debut this year in the Bennetts 500cc race.
The Lincolnshire rider, who will compete the 2015/16 International road racing season with RC Express Racing, will race for the Brian Richards Racing team on-board one of Andy Molnar’s special 4 valve G50 Seeley’s.
Lintin has an impressive road racing background having won the International Gold Cup race at Scarborough in 2014, along with the Lightweight Race at the Ulster Grand Prix.
On making his Classic TT debut, Lintin said: “It will be great to have another run round the Mountain Course and this is a really interesting project with all the right people involved. We’ve got a proper target with the first 110 lap for a single and it would really be something to be proud of if we could achieve that. I’ve followed the Classic TT meeting for a couple of years so it will good to get the chance to be part of it.”
The joint venture between Richards and Molnar will see a purpose-built bike, purely built for the demands of the TT course.
The machine will have a Seeley MK4 frame with the forks coming from MV Agusta specialists, Mark and Dave Kay. Maxton Engineering have modified the forks and will also provide the team with rear shocks, with Bill Simpson having built the frame and tanks.
Richards will then build the engine from parts supplied by Molnar Precision – with the aim of preparing the first single cylinder classic bike to lap the TT course at over 110mph.
Richards himself knows about the challenges of the mountain course having completed the Manx Grand Prix and TT over a period of 32 years before going on to sponsor riders such as Bob Jackson and Bill Swallow.
The Classic TT practice sessions get underway on Saturday 22 August, with the racing action taking place between August 29-31.