Originally known as TAS Racing, the Northern Irish team, run out of Moneymore, County Londonderry were, after joining forces with BMW Motorad & Tyco Security Products in 2015, re-tagged to Tyco BMW.
Owned & run by Philip Neill & his father Hector, the long standing team’s CV includes multi successes over the roads as well as twice winning the British Supersports Championship and National Superstock 1000. – they are however still chasing the ‘big one’……..the British Superbike Crown!
Being the only team to get both riders into the 2015 Showdown, Tyco BMW have not had a rider there since, although Christian Iddon can consider himself extremely unlucky not to have made it last year after missing a couple of rounds through injury & then crashing out of a certain ‘Showdown’ place at a very wet Silverstone.
By way of consolation the Stockport rider went on to win the Riders Cup (best of rest), and following a couple of highly impressive second places at the Brands Hatch finale, remains with the team for a third consecutive season.
In & out of the TAS/Tyco team over the past few years, former Moto GP rider Michael Laverty is back once again, riding one of the team’s blue & white BMW’s alongside Iddon.
Laverty last rode for Philip Neill in 2015, placing 4th overall in BSB. Since then has had a couple of disappointing seasons. However, he is still a potential race winner, and could well secure a place in the ‘Showdown’.
Current British Supersport Champion, and former Nat. Superstock 600 & 1000 Champ., Keith Farmer, from the village of Clogher in County Tyrone, is the teams rider contesting the 2018 National Superstock 1000 Series. May also get one or two Superbike Wild Card rides along the way.
Completing the squad is former short circuit star, now roads specialist, Manxman Dan Kneen, who will be targeting the N/W200, TT & Ulster GP.