South African star Allann-Jon Venter will make his Mountain circuit debut at the 2013 Isle of Man TT fueled by Monster Energy.
The exciting youngster, better known as A.J., will race for Mick Charnock’s TC Racing Honda/DP Coldplaning outfit. The team has secured high-spec 1000cc Hondas for their Mountain course campaign and will contest the Superbike, Royal London 360 Superstock and Senior races.
The 24-year-old Venter has been racing in the British Championship since 2007 when he joined Glen Richards in the MAP Embassy Superstock team, eventually finishing in 18th place overall with seven impressive points-scoring rides. A year later, he switched to the inaugural Superstock 600cc Championship, claiming a win at Oulton Park and three more podiums on his way to an excellent fourth place overall.
However, it’s the Supersport class where he’s achieved his greatest success. Riding Triumph machinery, Venter, who bases himself in Newcastle upon Tyne during the racing season, finished in 13th overall in 2009 with six top ten finishes, including a career best of fourth, before improving further in the following two seasons.
TC Racing Honda/DP Coldplaning team boss Mick Charnock has a strong pedigree of competing at the TT and Manx Grand Prix firstly as a rider and latterly running his own team, backing Cameron Donald, David Johnson and Jimmy Storrar, all as newcomers, in 2005, 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Venter is clearly looking forward to making his TT debut and commented:
“Lots of people are aware of the TT back home in South Africa and it’s been on my radar for a while. I first came out to the Isle of Man in 2007 and met Milky Quayle and Johnny Barton, which gave me an idea of what I’d be taking on. I’m under no illusions about the task but I can’t wait to make my Mountain Course debut.”