Maria Costello Test 7 October

On the way to Thruxton, we called in to Brands Hatch on the Friday morning to welcome Maria Costello MBE to the delights of sidecar racing.

Maria held the lap record at the Isle of Man TT races until 2009, and is the first female racer to step onto the podium at an Isle of Man race.

After we made some adjustments to get her reasonably comfortable, she took our LCR Yamaha F1 outfit out for a couple of sessions at the BMCRC test day in preparation for her 3 wheeled racing debut at the end of season Auto66 Sidecar Bonanza at Cadwell Park. A film crew were in attendance to capture the moment for Motors TV program Bike World, and they will be doing a feature on her switch to the dark side.....

"I'm still buzzing from this experience." said Maria after completing the testing, "That first taste of steering with the throttle, there's nothing else like it, I only got a taste and now I want more. My dream is to make more of this happen with my passenger and teammate Harry Payne. Thanks to Harry this F1 test was made a reality. Special thanks to Nev Jones Racing for the loan of his outfit & to him, and Tom and Harry for trying to make it fit me."