Racer Paul heads off to Manx Grand Prix

Big challenge: Motorcycle racer Paul Wardell to compete in Manx Grand Prix.
Big challenge: Motorcycle racer Paul Wardell to compete in Manx Grand Prix.

MOTORCYCLE racer Paul Wardell will venture across to the Isle of Man with the BCL Racing Team to compete in the Manx Grand Prix later this month.

Taking place on the famous 37.75 mile TT circuit, Paul is entered into both the Newcomers and SuperTwins race enduring four laps of closed roads racing that will include 10 second interval starts and pit stops.

He said: “This is something I’ve always wanted to do and the combination of BCL Racing Academy’s tuition and BEMSEE MiniTwins’ competitive learning ground has given me all the tools I needed to get the licences and the experience required to race on the Mountain Course.”

Paul’s long-term sponsors, Bee Design, are fully behind him for the two-week meeting.

“We’ve always got a lot of enjoyment out of supporting Paul’s racing. The learning curve that we’ve been through with him has been a real adventure and we’re proud to be part of it,” said director Paul Crees.

Also backing Paul is the race preparation company Race Alternative.

Company director and former MiniTwins’ racer Dan Brady said: “We’ve always wanted to race at the Manx ourselves but for one reason or another haven’t had the chance. So, when Paul came to us to have an endurance fuel tank made we were keen to support him.”

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing though.

“Just before the Cadwell meeting back in April, I tore the ligaments in my lower back and partially dislocated my wrist. For a while it didn’t just threaten my racing but my job as a design engineer,” said Paul.

Now fully fit, Paul has been concentrating on getting organised for the event.

“Nearly everything is in place now. As soon as I finish the meeting at Cadwell Park with BEMSEE on August 13-14 I’ll load the two BCL MiniTwin race bikes in to my trailer and shortly after head over to the Isle of Man. Awesome!

“All that remains is to say thanks to all the family and friends who have supported my efforts to get there and to the companies who have backed me.”