Impressive 2014 road racing débutante Peter Hickman will race at this year’s Classic TT.
He has joined Mistral Racing alongside Steve Mercer and Jamie Coward, and will race on a ZXR750 Kawasaki in the F1 race. The Classic TT will take place late August with practice starting on August 22nd while racing takes place on the 29th and 31st.
At the 2014 Isle of Man TT Hickman made an impressive debut, having already raced on the roads at the North West 200 in May racing for Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley team. He finished ninth in the first Superstock race at the NW200 just marginally behind Guy Martin. He then went on to take two 16th places in the first Superbike race and the second Superstock race. He finished 13th in the second Superbike race and his results saw him pick up the Best Newcomer Award.
14th place in the first Superbike race at the TT and 11th in the Senior, along with 8th place in the Superstock class, saw Hickman once again crowned Best Newcomer. He also lapped at over 129mph to become the fastest newcomer in TT history. A trip to the Ulster Grand Prix in August saw Hickman impress once again. In the Dundrod 150 races he finished 7th in the Superbike class and won the Challenge race, setting a new lap record on the way. He went on to finish 5th in the first Superbike race and the Superstock class at the Ulster. It was enough to see him pick up another Best Newcomer Award.
“I am delighted to be able to race at this year’s Classic TT with a top team and great motorcycle,” Hickman explained. “The extra track time will help me as I am still learning the circuit but I am not just going there to make up the numbers and I realise the bike is capable of a top result. I am grateful to Ian Harrison and the team at Mistral Racing for this opportunity. I will be going all out to bring back a good result to repay them for their faith in me.”
Hickman was at the MCN London Motorcycle Show at the weekend and his BSB plans were confirmed. He will remain with the RAF Reserves who will run a BMW S1000RR this season. “I am really happy to to stay with the RAF Reserves team for a second consecutive season,” he said. “This is one of only a couple of occasions I have had the continuity of running for a second year with the same team and it can only be good for both myself and the RAF Reserves team.”