Twice World Motor Cycle Champion, Britain's Barry Sheene will swap his 500 Suzuki bike for a Volkswagen Golf saloon car on Sunday (16 September) at the Silverstone Racing circuit.
Twice World Motor Cycle Champion, Britain's Barry Sheene will swap his 500 Suzuki bike for a Volkswagen Golf saloon car on Sunday (16 September) at the Silverstone Racing circuit. Sheene will drive the Golf in the Royal automobile Club's Tourist Trophy, Britain's oldest saloon race. He first decided to try his hand at a test session on Tuesday (11 September) at Silverstone, when he set a time of just over half a second under the lap record.
SYNOPSIS: Barry Sheene says he is unlikely to repeat this venture onto four wheels, and he has reaffirmed his ambition to win back the motor cycle world title. His co-driver in the Tourist Trophy will be Richard Lloyd, who has been dominating his class in saloon car championships. Lloyd says Sheene immediately adapted to the car.
All three Golf drivers are on a winning streak. The third member of Sheene's team, Derek Bell, has just won the final of the County Championships at Thruxton, England after winning a five hundred mile race in the United States.
Sheene has previously tested Grand Prix cars, but never a racing saloon. On Wednesday (12 September) he spoke to Andrew Marriot.