International Island Classic 2017 will see some red hot action

Ireland's Paul Byrne_52 leads John McGuinness. Credit Russell Colvin

The upcoming International Island Classic held at Phillip Island – January 27-29 is hotting up as one of the best yet.

Many ‘hotshots’ from all over the globe will arrive at the Island ready to battle it out in the teams event – The International Challenge.

Only eight riders from each team can contest the four International Challenge races, so each team will have to do some pruning before each race.

The International Challenge is reserved for machines built between 1973 and 1984, with Ireland also joining Australia, New Zealand, America and United Kingdom in the event. It first began in 2005 and was dominated by Australia until the United Kingdom snapped the local winning streak in 2015 and then retained the silverware in 2016.

The Island Classic will begin with qualifying and racing on Friday, January 27, followed by two full days of racing on Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29) with a total of 56 races over the weekend, starting with pre-WWI machines and then taking in different eras and capacities. Sidecars will also join solos in the program.

Tickets are on sale at www.islandclassic.com.au, with an advance three-day adult pass for $80* and children 15 and under free. Add on-circuit camping for four nights for $75* per person, purchased in advance.

VIP options are available in the Club Classic Hospitality suite above pit lane. Club Classic offers the flexibility of a single day starting from $150* or weekend package from $235*.

Gates will open at 8:00am each day with qualifying and racing from 9:00am.

*All ticket prices quoted are in advance.

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