Lintin clinches Privateers trophy
Ivan Lintin’s 2014 Isle of Man TT Races ended in superb style on Friday with the Lincolnshire rider being crowned a deserved TT Privateer’s Champion. Riding the Taylor Lindsey Racing Hondas, the Bardney-based rider finished all five races inside the top five and, with two maximums, he took the title with 97 points, 19 clear of nearest rival Russ Mountford.
Friday’s 6-lap Senior race, the final event of the week, saw Ivan clinch the title as he came home the third privateer to finish and in 16th place overall. Riding the 1000cc Taylor Lindsey Superstock Honda once more, a stunning opening lap of 125.627mph, easily his best ever lap around the Mountain Course, elevated him into 16th place. More laps in excess of 124mph allowed him to maintain his position and he duly took his fifth top twenty finish of the week.
Earlier in the week, Ivan had one of his best ever TT rides when he lay in a stunning fifth place in the early stages of Wednesday’s second Supersport race with numerous‘factory’ riders behind him. An opening lap of 124.339 on the Taylor Linsdey Racing Honda, another personal best in the class, placed him in sixth place only two seconds behind works Yamaha rider Josh Brookes and ahead of Suzuki and Kawasaki riders Guy Martin and James Hillier. Another 124mph+ lap maintained his sixth place at half race distance and although he slipped back slightly on the final lap, he still finished in seventh place, and the first privateer home, for another silver replica.
There was heartache for Ivan though in Friday morning’s Lightweight race, particularly as he’d topped the practice leaderboard on the McKinstry Racing Kawasaki, the only rider to lap in excess of 117mph. Starting at number one, hopes were naturally high of a podium finish at least but it was all over before it had really begun as he was forced to retire on the approach to Union Mills, less than three miles into the race.
As well as ending race week as the TT Privateer’s Champion, Ivan won three silver and two bronze replicas and increased his best ever lap speeds in the 600cc and 1000cc categories to 124.339mph and 125.627mph respectively.
Ivan Lintin: “I came here with a few goals in mind and one of the main ones was to win the TT Privateer’s Championship so to have actually achieved that goal feels amazing. Thanks to the support of Taylor Lindsey Racing, I had the machines at my disposal to give it a real good go and to finish every race inside the top twenty and set my personal bests in each class is brilliant. I’m absolutely over the moon with both the results and the lap speeds and my new personal best laps are really something to be proud of.”
“Obviously, the Lightweight race was a disappointment particularly as the bike had been faultless during practice. We had an electrical fault on Thursday afternoon but having checked and re-checked the bike and had it up the dyno, nothing could be found. Pretty much as soon as I left the line, I knew it wasn’t right – as soon as I opened the throttle the bike pretty would much shut down – so I had little option other than to retire. It’s a shame but overall I’ve had a brilliant TT and I just want to say thank you to all of the sponsors for having faith in me and for making it all happen.”
Pictures by Mark ‘Wally’ Walters