Two Limerick drivers will take part in the world famous Isle of Man TT this May. The TT is one of the world’s most dangerous motorcycle events and attracts over 35,000 spectators and a television audience of up to 16 million.
The two men will be driving F2 sidecars with 600cc engines over three laps of the 37 mile route which encompasses the entire island. Racing started in the Isle of Man in 1907 and the TT was the predominant race in motorcycle sport during much of the 20th Century and is today one of the most watched events in the sport.
Mick Donovan, of Crecora took inspiration from his father who raced motorcycle sidecars in the 1980s and passed on a love of the sport to his son.
Patrick Giltenane, Caherdavin, formerly of Croagh, began racing go carts as a child, repesenting Ireland along the way.
“I loved driving road bikes and when someone said to me why not try a side car, which would be like combining a go cart with a motorcycle, although a side car has only three wheels, that was it,” said Patrick of his love for side car racing.
Patrick will be joined by Aiden Browne of Wexford who will be his side car passenger, an integral part of this unique team sport. Mick will be passengered by Aaron Galligan from Dublin.
It could be easy to imagine that the passenger is just along for the ride, but that couldn’t be further from the truth as the person in the side car has to throw himself from side to side as the bike corners in order to aid aerodynamics and keep the motorcycle balanced.
Only a handful of riders at the very top of the sport are provided with their own motorcycles with the rest left to self-fund in an extremely expensive sport. In light of this both men are hosting a fundraising event in the Horse and Hound, on St Patrick’s night. On the night there will be lots of spot prizes along with a cash draw, raffles and music. A great night of entertainment is on the cards with all funds raised split equally between the two crews.