Bray Hill

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Anstey crests Bray Hill on the sixth lap of the 2015 Superbike TT
Junction where A2 Bray Hill merges into the A2 Quarterbridge Road in Douglas.
Joey Dunlop at the bottom of Bray Hill in the 1992 Senior TT race, on his Honda RC30

Bray Hill (Lowland Scots: Brae a slope) was formerly a country lane known as the Great Hill during the time of the ownership of the Duke of Atholl,[1] and was previously known as Siberia, originally a triangle-shaped parcel of land in the Murray Estate.[2]

Bray Hill is a steep downhill section of the TT course situated between the TT Grandstand and the 1st Milestone road-side marker on the Snaefell Mountain Course on the primary the A2 Douglas to Ramsey road in the town of Douglas in the Isle of Man.[3]

The Bray Hill section runs from St Ninian's Crossroads, where the A2 Glencrutchery Road (from the TT startline) meets the side streets of Ballanard Road and Ballaquayle Road on the A22, continuing to the base of the hill where it becomes the A2 Quarterbridge Road at a crossroad-junction with side streets named Tromode Road, Stoney Road, and Thorny Road.

Bray Hill was part of the Highland Course and Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy car races held between 1904 and 1922. For the 1934 and 1935 car races, the whole length of Bray Hill from its junction with Stoney Road was part of the Mannin Moar Course.

The startline and refuelling area for the Isle of Man TT races was situated at the top of Bray Hill for the 1914 TT races, moving in 1920 to the Nobles Park area of the A2 Glencrutchery Road. Bray Hill is part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the TT races and Manx Grand Prix since 1923.

The A2 Bray Hill and A2 Quarterbridge Road were subjected to major road repairs and re-profiling during the winter of 1978/79 by the Isle of Man Highway Board. This followed two fatal accidents at the start of the 1978 Sidecar TT 'A' race involving sidecar crew of Mac Hobson/Kenny Birch on Bray Hill and Swiss sidecar competitor Ernst Trachsel on nearby Quarterbridge Road.[4]

In 2013, a rider lost control on the first lap of the Senior TT and his machine impacted with spectators near to the bottom of the hill, close to the junction, injuring eleven.[5]

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  1. ^ Streets of Douglas: Old and New by Stuart Slack page 26 (1996) (1st Edition) The Manx Experience ISBN 978-1873120279
  2. ^ Streets of Douglas: Old and New by Stuart Slack page 141 (1996) (1st Edition) The Manx Experience ISBN 978-1873120279
  3. ^ TT Pioneers - Early Car Racing in the Isle of Man pp 22 Robert Kelly, Mercury Asset Management (1996) (1st Edition) The Manx Experience, The Alden Press ISBN 1-873120-61-3
  4. ^ TT Century - One Hundred Years of the Tourist Trophy by Stuart Barker pp62 (2007) (1st Edition) The Random House Group Ltd ISBN 978-1-84605-235-4 EMAP Automotive Ltd
  5. ^ "Eleven spectators injured after motorbike crash during first lap of Isle of Man TT race". Daily Mail. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 

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Coordinates: 54°09′42″N 4°29′23″W / 54.16167°N 4.48972°W / 54.16167; -4.48972