Two elder statesmen of the road racing world - one an Island resident and the other a TT legend - have been honoured by Auto 66 Racing, organisers of the Oliver’s Mount circuit, Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
With 229 race wins between them Ian Lougher and Chris Palmer both hung up their leathers at
the end of the 2013 season, each having been part of the road racing scene for around thirty years.
Northern Ireland-based Welshman Ian Lougher and Castletown resident Chris Palmer now have part of the course named after them.
The Memorial section of the 2.43-mile lap, which was previously known as Memorial In and Memorial Out, have now been renamed Lougher’s and Palmer’s respectively.
Ian Lougher achieved 132 race wins, not including heat victories, between 1989 when he took
his maiden win in the 125cc race at that year’s Gold Cup event, and his final chequered flag at the
2013 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup in the second 250cc race.
Chris Palmer has a total of 97 wins to his credit, his first in the 125cc race at the Spring National Races in
1991, completing his final double in the 125cc races in the Steve Henshaw event last September.