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TT Timing System hits Top Gear 14 October 2005

    Working closely with the Department of Tourism and Leisure and the Manx Motorcycle Club, Treasury’s Information Systems Division (ISD) has, over the last two seasons, implemented a 21st century approach to TT and Grand Prix Race Management and Timing. Known as the RaceMann project, this has also been a labour of love for some of ISD’s bikers.

    The system was in full operation at this year’s TT and Grand Prix and provided real time tracking on a sector by sector basis of riders’ performance and position. This not only helped the Clerk of the Course, Neil Hanson, and his team of officials in getting almost immediate results at the end of each event, but also gave the Manx Radio commentary team a level of information they have not had before.

    But the spin-off came earlier this week when ISD supported the DTL in providing a timing service for Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear team when they were filming on the mountain road on Tuesday. In horrendous weather conditions, ISD managed to lay temporary timing loops allowing the programme’s presenters to have real-time performance information on three high performance vehicles – a Porsche 911 Carrera 2S, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and a BMW M6.

    The effort was well worth-while and was praised on-camera by the presenters, reinforcing the Island’s reputation as “The Road Racing Capital of the World”.

    The new Top Gear series featuring the Isle of Man filming will be shown from early November.

    14th October 2005

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