Grand Prix Racer is a warm and personal tribute to the
ordinary men and women who compete on the extraordinary Isle of Man TT mountain
circuit. Held annually over two weeks in late August, the Manx Grand Prix is
motorcycle racing in its purest form; an event which allows racers of all ages
and aspirations to face their ultimate challenge.
Just taking part is a personal victory – compete here and
you are a Grand Prix Racer, and that can never be taken away.
Grand Prix Racer lets the racers, whether they be newcomers,
professionals, veterans or amateurs, explain why they flock from all over the
world to the legendary 37.7-mile public road circuit. This is not a 2012 race
review, it is an insight into what motivates riders to risk everything in
pursuit of the glory of becoming a Grand Prix Racer.
From the arrival of the racers to the final chequered flag
of the fortnight, we hear from organisers, officials, marshals, experts, fans
and, essentially, the racers to discover what the MGP is all about. Mountain course
specialists like Michael Rutter, Mick Grant, Phillip McCallen, Ryan Farquhar,
Michael Dunlop, Chris Palmer and Maria Costello MBE offer their insight, while
we share the high and lows of the ‘Manx’ with a colourful cast of newcomers,
from the disaster of failing to qualify to the triumph of completing a race, or
There’s also a taste of the racing action from the modern
and classic classes, with plenty of jaw-dropping on-board footage courtesy of
the Grand Prix Racers.
Featuring music by Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J, Patrick Watson, Ben Howard, Frank Turner, The Dandy Warhols, Newton Faulkner, Imogen Heap and more.