Paul Phillips talks about the future of the Isle of Man TT
TT Business Development Manager Paul Phillips has been setting out the future for the Isle of Man's most famous export in a wide-ranging interview with James Allen.
The discussion forms part of the Motorsport Network's #ThinkingForward thought leadership series, which sees Allen, a noted F1 commentator, focussing on how the motorsport industry emerges from the current COVID-19 crisis.
Previous guests in the series have included former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt, McLaren boss Zak Brown, and head of British Touring Car Championship Alan Gow.
Having been involved with the delivery of the Isle of Man TT for nearly 15 years, Paul is well placed to talk about the future of the TT, and the wider road racing world.
Saying 'for the TT, nothing ought to be off the table in terms of how we think it develops,' Phillips and his team are looking to how the pause in motorsports around the world can be used to improve the delivery and development of the TT.
Paying tribute to the 'extreme loyalty' of the TT's fans, Mr. Phillips acknowledges that mistakes have been made in how the brand has looked after some segments of its audience, whilst noting that the needs of loyal repeat visitors are not necessarily the same as the 30% of visitors each year who are first timers at the Races.
With the coronavirus continuing to cause upheaval across the world, it's impossible to say with certainty what the future holds for the Isle of Man TT Races, but it's clear the Motorsport Team at the Isle of Man Government's Department for Enterprise is putting in a major effort to grow and develop the races and to secure a future for road racing in these turbulent times.