5 February 2013
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 even winning. 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.
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