KEVIN FITZPATRICK NAMED MAN OF THE MEETING AT ENNISKILLEN
Enjoying a superb weekend of action at Enniskillen, Kevin Fitzpatrick capped it all off by taking home the ‘Man of the Meeting’ crown.
After a sublime performance during Friday’s qualifying session which saw the Oldcastle rider storm to three pole positions, the pressure was on to reproduce that form when racing got underway today, and he didn’t disappoint.
A second place in the Plants Capes Eireann Landscaping Supersport Race two was obtained, but the best result of the day for the Kawasaki mounted rider came in the Euro Auctions Supersport Race.
Following a hard fought battle with Davies
Motorsport rider Dominic Herbertson, Fitzpatrick eventually crossed the line to secure victory by a mere 0.736s.
In the Joey’s Bar MCC 125/Moto3 race, Fitzpatrick was the first 125cc home. A fourth place finish in the Open race followed and he went one better taking a hugely impressive third place in the thrillingly competitive Richard Britton Memorial Race which closed out the day.
2019 ENNISKILLEN ROAD RACES - RACE DAY REVIEW
Today marked the second running of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Enniskillen Road Races. The first race of the scheduled 11 race programme to set off was the McGirr Fuels Junior Support race which was won by Co Meath man Vinny Brennan onboard the TRB Racing Suzuki 650cc.
Gary Dunlop claimed victory in the 125/Moto3 race onboard the Joey’s Bar MCC machine, to add to the win he picked up at Kells a fortnight ago. Dunlop crossed the line with a 1.326s margin over Sam Grief on the PR#18 250 Honda. Kevin Fitzpatrick was in third place and the first 125cc rider home.
Following a lengthy delay to proceedings following an incident in the Senior Support race, the meeting got back underway with the announcement that the remainder of the races, excluding the grand final, would be cut to three laps.
The day’s two Supersport races were won by Kevin Fitzpatrick and Darryl Tweed, both riders winning by under a second in what proved to be two highly entertaining and competitive middleweight encounters.
The Euro Auctions 600 race was won by Kevin Fitzpatrick with Dominic Herbertson claiming second place and Darryl Tweed finishing in third. The same three riders populated the podium in the second race this time with Tweed on the top step and pole sitter Fitzpatrick in second place. Herbertson rounded out the podium places.
There was joy for Herbertson however as he ran out the victor in the Armstrong Engineering Supertwins race following a great tussle with Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams. The hugely popular Herbertson took his first win at Enniskillen by a margin of 0.9s over Williams with Vinny Brennan securing a fine third place.
There was double delight for Barry Davidson who took the spoils in the C350 and C500 classes. In the Junior C250 it was Richard Ford who claimed the win and in the Senior C1000 race Ian Thompson saw off Philip Shaw to claim victory.
Stephen McKeown won the Lightweight Support race ahead of the charging Paul Williams with Darryl Anderson finishing 8s adrift back in third. In the restarted Senior Support race Darren Keys saw off the challenges of Andy McAllister and Darryl Anderson to secure victory by a margin of 3.8s.
Forest Dunn completed a stellar Superbike double in the day’s two premier class races.
In the opening Superbike race, Cornwall’s Dunn finished 3.3s clear of Darryl Tweed with Dominic Herbertson finishing in third place. The closing race of the day was the Richard Britton Memorial Race helps over six laps and it proved to be thrilling encounter.
Thomas Maxwell and Forest Dunn duelled for the lead throughout until Dunn produced a sensational last lap taking the chequered flag by a winning margin of 0.198s over Maxwell. Pole sitter Kevin Fitzpatrick was in third place.
DUNN DOES THE DOUBLE AT ENNISKILLEN
Forest Dunn completed a big bike double at today’s Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Enniskillen Road Races.
In the Richard Britton Memorial Race, the feature race of the day, Dunn was embroiled in a race long duel with West Meath man Thomas Maxwell as the two men diced for the lead over the course of the six laps.
Eventually, after a truly sensational final lap, Dunn pulled the pin and crossed the line to take the spoils by a margin of 0.198s and set the fastest lap of the meeting (1:47.662s).
Pole sitter Kevin Fitzpatrick finished in third place 1.9s back on Dunn with Darryl Tweed and Dominic Herbertson finishing in fourth and fifth places respectively.
In the day’s earlier Superbike race, the Clougher Valley Windows Open Race, Dunn won a thoroughly engaging affair finishing 3.3s clear of DTR’s Darryl Tweed. Dominic Herbertson picked up a fine third place onboard the Davies Motorsport Kawasaki with Kevin Fitzpatrick and Ryan Maher rounding out the top five places.
CLOUGHER VALLEY WINDOWS OPEN RACE
1 88 Forest DUNN
2 59 Darryl TWEED +3.328
3 11 Dominic HERBERTSON +4.215
4 75 Kevin FITZPATRICK
5 15 Ryan MAHER
6 107 David MURPHY
7 72 Gareth KEYS
8 28 Paul GARTLAND
9 66 Alan JOHNSTON
10 55 Donald MacFADYEN
11 43 Stephen DEGNAN
12 26 Dennis BOOTH
THE RICHARD BRITTON MEMORIAL RACE
1 88 Forest DUNN
2 5 Thomas MAXWELL +0.198
3 75 Kevin FITZPATRICK +1.924
4 59 Darryl TWEED
5 11 Dominic HERBERTSON
6 28 Paul GARTLAND
7 15 Ryan MAHER
8 72 Gareth KEYS
9 107 David MURPHY
10 93 Paul CRANSTON
11 21 Alan CONNOR
12 55 Donald MacFADYEN
13 43 Stephen DEGNAN
Fastest lap of the race by Forest Dunn 1:47.662
KEVIN FITZPATRICK FOLLOWS POLE WITH A WIN IN EURO AUCTIONS SUPERSPORT RACE AT ENNISKILLEN
Pole sitter Kevin Fitzpatrick earned a hard fought Supersport victory today at Enniskillen. The Bert Racing rider carried his qualifying pace into the race as he converted pole into a win.
Kawasaki mounted Fitzpatrick came under heavy pressure from Davies Motorsport rider Dominic Herbertson in the closing stages but managed to hold on to claim victory by a mere 0.7s.
Herbertson, a newcomer to Enniskillen, finished second with Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed rounding out the podium places. Forest Dunn was in fourth place with Ryan Maher finishing fifth.
Team DHR’s Gareth Keys was in sixth place with Alan Johnston in seventh. David Murphy and Stephen Degnan finished in eighth and ninth place respectively.
EURO AUCTIONS SUPERSPORT
1 75 Kevin FITZPATRICK
2 11 Dominic HERBERTSON +0.736
3 59 Darryl TWEED +2.050
4 88 Forest DUNN
5 15 Ryan MAHER
6 72 Gareth KEYS
7 66 Alan JOHNSTON
8 107 David MURPHY
9 43 Stephen DEGNAN
DNS 65 Michael SWEENEY
DNS 5 Thomas MAXWELL
DNS 26 Dennis BOOTH
FITZPATRICK DAZZLES AT ENNISKILLEN
Kevin Fitzpatrick shone through at the Enniskillen Road Races today en route to securing three pole positions.
The Bert Racing rider took pole positions in the Superbike, Supersport and 125/Moto3 classes to cap off a resounding day for the Oldcastle man.
Fitzpatrick qualified first in the Superbike class three tenths faster than Kawasaki mounted Thomas Maxwell with Cornwall’s Forest Dunn qualifying in a highly impressive third place.
In the Supersport class Fitzpatrick had a 0.7s advantage over Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed. The ever popular Dominic Herbertson qualified third onboard the Davies Motorsport Kawasaki machine. Ryan Maher qualified in fourth place to match his Superbike position.
Fitzpatrick made it a hat trick of poles as he finished quickest in the 125/Moto3 class, just over three seconds faster than Samuel Grief. Gary Dunlop qualified in third place onboard the Joey’s Bar Racing machine. Melissa Kennedy was fourth quickest.
Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams secures pole in the Lightweight Support class onboard his Kawasaki 650cc machine. Stephen McKeown was second fastest with Darryl Anderson in third.
Darren Keys took pole in the Senior Support class with a 0.6s advantage over Andy McAllister. Darryl Anderson was third quickest. In the Junior Support stakes Vinny Brennan put the TRB Racing Suzuki on pole finishing 1.4s quicker than Dundalk rider Noel Smith. Kevin Baker was third fastest a mere 0.09s behind Smith. The Junior Support race looks to be one of the most enthralling when racing gets underway tomorrow.
Dominic Herbertson qualified on Pole in the Supertwins class lapping one second quicker than County Clare Man Kevin Baker. Potchy Williams was third fastest with Vinny Brennan and Noel Smith in fourth and fifth places respectively.
In the Classic stakes Barry Davidson secured pole in both the C350 and C500 classes with Richard Ford doing the double in the C250 and C1000 classes.
Roads close tomorrow at 10am with Racing starting shortly after.
SENIOR TT WINNER DEAN HARRISON LEADS THREE RIDER LINE UP FOR LAYLAW RACING AT CLASSIC TT
Laylaw Racing will again have a strong presence at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts, as they continue to run a three-rider line-up.
In addition to this year’s Dunlop Senior TT Race winner Dean Harrison and ten-time TT Champion Ian Lougher, the team – headed up Southern Irishmen Eddie Laycock and Gerry Lawlor – will also field Phil Harvey in the four-lap Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race with the trio riding similar, immaculately-prepared TZ 250 Yamaha’s.
Harrison made his debut for the team at last year’s event which saw him have his first ever race on a two-stroke and he didn’t disappoint as a fastest lap of 113.485mph enabled him to finish in a fine fourth place despite a problematic time during qualifying.
Now a three time TT race winner, Harrison has also been victorious at the Classic TT on four occasions with two successive wins coming in the 2017 and 2018 RST Superbike Classic TT races on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki.
His first Classic TT win was secured – by the narrow margin of 0.174 seconds - in 2013 with victory in the Formula Classic Race riding a 750cc BSA. Another win was taken in the 2015 Senior Classic TT Race, when riding a 500cc Black Eagle MV Agusta, and with the experience of last year’s Lightweight Race under his belt, he will be aiming for the victory this year to complete a unique set of race wins around the Mountain Course.
Winner of the 1990 Junior TT on a Ray Cowles Yamaha, Lougher continues with the team for a fifth consecutive year and having taken three podiums in the last three years, he’s keen to take the top step this time around and repeat his victory of five years ago.
Runner-up to Bruce Anstey in both 2016 and 2017, the veteran Welshman took third place behind Lee Johnston and Adam McLean twelve months ago and with a best lap on the Laylaw Racing machines of 117.742mph, set in 2017, he will again be among the favourites for race honours.
Harvey returns to the event hoping for better fortune this year after being forced to retire twelve months ago. Having made his debut around the 37.73-mile circuit back in 1995, the Goole rider has every chance of a podium finish having taken third place in 2016. He also took fourth place two years ago on his privately-entered Honda and with a fastest lap of 113.212mph, he cannot be discounted.
Laycock, himself a double TT winner with victory in the 1987 Junior and 1989 Supersport 400cc races, and former sponsor Lawlor have established themselves as leading exponents in the Lightweight Classic TT field and there’s every chance the striking yellow and white machines could take a clean sweep of the podium positions this August.
MICHAEL DUNLOP CONFIRMS SOUTHERN 100 ENTRY
Michael Dunlop has confirmed his entry for the 2019 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races which take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th July.
The three-time Southern 100 Solo Champion in 2011, 2012 & 2016 contacted race secretary, George Peach to confirm his arrival on the Sunday prior to the practices starting on the Monday evening, also confirming that he has his BMW Superbike and Honda Supersport ma- chines being set up for the races on the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.
Having withdrawn from the Pikes Peak Event after sustaining an injury in the recent Donegal Rally, Michael said he wants to rest and get back to full fitness with the aim of wresting back the coveted Solo Championship title from current double winner, 2017 & 2018, Dean Harrison.
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MICHAEL SWEENEY PARTNERS WITH HILLIER AT CSC RACING
CSC Racing has added the services of Michael Sweeney to its Classic TT campaign where he will join team regular James Hillier.
Both Hillier and Sweeney will pilot a 500cc Honda-4 in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT with Sweeney taking on the machines vacated by Dan Cooper, who announced his retirement from roads competition at the end of this year’s Isle Of Man TT.
The Irishman will also pilot a 350cc Honda in the Locate.im Junior Classic TT with this year marking his first foray in the Junior and Senior Classic races. Hillier however has been with CSC Racing since the inception of the Classic TT in 2013.
The team has decided to field a third rider in the form of Englishman Wayne Axon, who will ride a XR69 1100cc Suzuki in the RST Superbike Race.
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SAM WEST TO MAKE NATIONAL ROADS BOW AT ARMOY
Sam West has revealed plans to make his Irish national roads debut at Armoy next month.
The Englishman, a top ten finisher at the Isle Of Man TT, will pilot a Yamaha R6 with DTR and cyclestore.co.uk backing.
A familiar face to Irish fans having competed regularly at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, West intimated that both Armoy and Tandragee have been on his hit-list, but following a conversation with Armoy Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy, the decision was made.
“I’ve often thought about doing the national road races over the past ten years,” West admitted. “Armoy and the Tandragree 100 were the two at the top of my list.
“I’ve been able to do the International races but taking time off work has always been difficult. This year I got talking to Bill [Kennedy, Clerk of the Course] and that was it.
“I was sold and I had a bit more time to be able to do it this year, so will be going from the Southern 100 to Armoy then the Ulster and straight on to the classic TT. I’ll be a newcomer but I’m really excited about the 3.03 mile course, especially Church Bends and the Lagge.
“Jonny Annett of OHA Motorsport will be helping out from Bangor as my number one and all being well I should be racing in the Supersport Races 1 and 2 along with the Open and the Race of Legends.”
FONACAB ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR ULSTER GRAND PRIX
FonaCAB has partnered with the Ulster Grand Prix and will be the title sponsor for this year’s event on the 5-10 August.
The company is a firm supporter of road racing and is now a chief sponsor of both the Ulster Grand Prix and the North West 200, as well as sponsoring some of road racing’s brightest stars.
Unveiling the news today was fonaCAB’S Managing Director, William McCausland, and he was joined by UGP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston and FonaCAB sponsored rider Lee Johnston.
“As a lifelong road racing fan and veteran of many visits to Bike Week over the years, I am delighted we will be the title sponsors of the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.”
“Having sat at Wheeler’s Corner and Quarry Bends enjoying the racing over many years, I know first-hand of the quality of both the course and the competitors and of what’s involved in putting together such a prestigious event, one which we are proud to put our name to.”
“The fonaCAB brand is becoming synonymous with bike racing in Northern Ireland and our support of the Ulster Grand Prix follows our successful title sponsorship of the 2019 North West 200 and of the Tyco BMW team.”
Noel Johnston had this to say:
“We are delighted to have fonaCAB on board as title sponsors for Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week in 2019.” Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, said.
“It has provided a big boost just as we are laying our final plans for all the action to begin. William McCausland is a road racing fan and his enthusiasm for the sport is obvious and infectious. As an international road race meeting that attracts global attention, the Ulster will provide a major platform to showcase the fonaCAB brand.”
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JAMIE COWARD ADDED TO BINCH RACING LINE UP
Binch Racing will be amongst the favourites for success at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts, with a three-rider line up of Jamie Coward, Adam McLean (pictured) and Gary Vines.
The trio will all contest the four-lap Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race on immaculately prepared TZ250 Yamaha’s for the team run by former Manx Grand Prix rider, David Binch.
Jamie Coward, this year’s TT Privateer’s Champion, is a new addition to the team in 2019 and will be having his first taste of two-stroke racing at the Classic TT. However, he’s no stranger to the event itself and, having already competed in the three other classes, has chalked up five podiums in the Senior and Junior Classic TT Races.
The Hebden Bridge rider has proven to be one of the most versatile riders currently competing on the roads and is in arguably the best form of his career. He’s already been in action on the Binch Racing machine this year, with the 28-year old running at the front at the Pre-TT Classic meeting at Billown.
Adam McLean had his first two-stroke outing on the Mountain Course at last year’s event and he gave the team an excellent result when, after leading in the early stages, he finished in the runners-up spot to Lee Johnston.
The 23-year old Ulsterman pushed his more experienced rival all the way and although he was ultimately overhauled for the win, a superb best lap of 116.870mph enabled him to finish in second place - ahead of riders including Ian Lougher and Dean Harrison.
Gary Vines completes the line-up, with the Colchester rider having been one of the leading two-stroke exponents of recent years. Winner of the 2015 Newcomers Manx Grand Prix, the 28-year old finished in sixth place in the 2016 Lightweight Classic TT Race and was running in fifth place last year for the team before being forced to retire.
With a fastest lap on the 250cc Yamaha in excess of 112mph, his credentials around the 37.73-mile course speak for themselves and together with McLean and Coward, Binch Racing have assembled a formidable looking line up that is sure to be challenging for the race win.
TEAM ILR REFLECT ON 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT
The dust has settled on the Isle of Man TT for another year, and there's no doubt it was a TT that was badly affected by poor weather and left many riders with very few laps under their leathers at the conclusion of practice week.
Ian Lougher and his team devoted a lot of time to the team's Japanese rider Masayuki Yamanaka and he went from a steady 109.52mph on the opening night's practice to record a lap of 114.417mph later in the week.
Meanwhile in the Lightweight class Ian Lougher, Horst Saiger and James Chawke opened their account on the opening night with Lougher the quickest of the trio on the Team ILR ~ Mark Coverdale Patons at 115.10mph, with Masayuki on a Team ILR ~ Mark Coverdale Kawasaki going well in 25th.
Race week duly arrived, and with the practice week having been decimated by the weather, bike set-up had become something of a lottery.
Masayuki made up for the disappointment of a non-finish in the first Supersport TT to ride well in the second race to record a lap of 115.659mph, his fastest lap around the TT course.
The first lap of Thursday's two-lap Lightweight TT saw Horst Saiger complete the first lap the best of the three Patons in 10th with a lap of 115.87mph, James Chawke was next in 11th (115.40mph) with Ian Lougher 12th (114.46mph). On the second and last flying lap Saiger in 10th and Lougher (12th) went through Glen Helen together on the road with James in 11th being closely followed on the road by Dominic Herbertson. Positions remained the same at Ramsey and they finished in that order, with Yamanaka finishing in a very credible 23rd.
Young Irish rider James Chawke further cemented his growing reputation at the Isle of Man TT in 2019. That left the TT Zero race as the final one on the cards for the team.
Over the past few seasons Ian Lougher has forged close links with Team MIRAI and he was again entrusted with riding their Idaten X RE which was entered in the race in association with Team ILR and Mark Coverdale.
After a disappointing Lightweight TT by his own high standards, Ian displayed true professionalism and at the end of the one lap race it was a popular return to the TT podium for Lougher as he joined race winner Michael Rutter and second placed John McGuinness on what was his 30th TT rostrum, a remarkable feat and just rewards for the hard working Team MIRAI outfit.
In closing, the thoughts of everyone at Team ILR are with the family and friends of Daley Mathison who sadly lost his life at the TT, and we wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.
"After the NW200 I knew that the Paton 650 is a pretty good bike, but I also knew immediately that we need more time to find the best setup and even more important that I get more riding time to adapt my style and to show lap times that do justice to the Paton 650. But the IOM weather had other plans with us, so I was still far away from the potential of this fantastic bike.
At the end I need to say thanks to Ian, Mark and Jacko for giving me the best Supertwin that is possible and a 10th place in the race was equal to my best ever result at the TT. My favorite moment of the racewas when I saw my boss Ian in front of me and when I passed him I had a big smile under my helmet - sorry for that!
In Practice Michael Dunlop and Jamie Coward
passed me, so I saw how fast a Supertwin can be ridden, so I’ve to work on that for the next races."
Thank-you very much for having me as member of Team I.L.R. with Mark Coverdale.
This TT weather was very bad, so there was not enough track time. But even in that condition, I could race with out any pressure. It's because with Ian’s mentoring, all team member worked hard and relaxing atmosphere in the team.
I really appreciate it from bottom of my heart.
I wish I can compete TT again with the team for next year. Thank you very much."
"Well that's my first ever TT done and dusted and what a TT it was!
As you all know the weather wasn't on our
side and we struggled to get practice in but we made the most of it.heading into race day and we were good to go as it was only a 2 lap race.
It was hard and I rode on my own and I was delighted to finish 11th at a lap speed of 116.5mph.
I can't thank Mark Coverdale and Team ILR for all their help and support. I'd also like to thank my own lads for all their hard work over the duration of the TT, Carl Roberts, Liam Chawke and Richie Kelly. Thanks a million to everyone who helped make this journey possible."
Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher:
"I must say the weather and delays this year made it the hardest TT I can remember, I think especially as a team manager it makes it so much more tiring when you're hanging around waiting for things to happen then only to be told the schedule has changed again.
I think the organisers did a great job, but it’s so difficult in these safety sanitised days we live in.
I was really pleased to work and help Yamanaka san and see him progress and learn, he’s so dedicated going out every morning at 4am in his car to learn the circuit, and so appreciative to the whole team.
I look forward to working with him again.
Horst had a good race considering he had limited practice and time on the bike and became our top rider in 10th position. I think he was happy, but it’s hard to tell sometimes with Horst!
James (Chalkie) is a real star for the future, he’s hard working, dedicated, fast, and easy to get on with, a team managers dream rider.
There’s a lot more to come from him in the future, I’m sure.
I myself was obviously very pleased with my 3rd place in the electric race, especially for Team MIRAI as this was their first podium and it was just rewards for all their hard work. The Moto 3 chassis it uses suited me down to the ground.
To say I was disappointed with my ride on the Paton was an understatement..we tried a different ride height set up and it just didn’t work, making it errm....very interesting to ride on certain sectors.
I’m sure I had the Marshalls running for cover coming into Ramsey on one lap, it was a bit sketchy to say the least!!
I’m not sure if it was all the waiting around that lost my interest or what it was, but it all seemed a bit of a joke being a 2 lap race after sooo much work and preparation, especially with the bikes being so late arriving (thank you Mr Mark Coverdale for picking them up in Calais just 3 days before the North West 200 started!!!) top man and top sponsor."
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TT STARS JORDAN AND MCGEE HEAD STRONG LINE UP FOR MISTRAL RACING AT CLASSIC TT
Mistral Racing are set to field two of the Mountain Course’s rising stars for this year’s Classic TT, presented by Bennetts, having signed Paul Jordan and Derek McGee for the August meeting.
Both Jordan and McGee will ride identically-prepared ZXR 750 Kawasaki’s in Bank Holiday Monday’s four-lap RST Superbike Race.
Jordan joined the team in 2018, ironically as a late replacement for McGee after he was injured at the Ulster Grand Prix, with the Magherafelt rider going on to put in a superb performance. With a fastest lap of 122.445mph on the green, white and red Kawasaki, the now 27-year old had worked his way up to fourth place behind Dean Harrison, Horst Saiger and Conor Cummins before cruelly being forced to retire on the final lap.
His stock has risen further since then with a series of high class performances at both the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT as well as at the Irish National road races. This year’s TT Races saw him take no less than five top twenty finishes when riding for Dafabet Devitt Racing, the highlight being an excellent fourth place in the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race. He also lapped the TT Mountain Circuit at more than 125mph for the first time.
McGee, meanwhile, had been due to make his Classic TT debut last year before the aforementioned incident at the Ulster GP when he was the innocent victim of another rider’s crash. His 2019 season started superbly with a hat-trick at the Cookstown 100, four wins at the Tandragee 100 and a maiden podium finish at the North West 200 before a practice spill at Greeba Castle ruled him out of this year’s TT.
Once back to full fitness, the ‘Mullingar Missile’ will finally get to make his first Classic TT appearance later this year where, together with Jordan, he forms a formidable looking team with the duo having a great chance of recording a podium finish.
Mistral Racing have competed at every Classic TT since its maiden year in 2013 and highlights have included the late Dan Kneen’s fifth place in the 2017 Superbike Race. With over 25 years’ experience in performance motorsport and motorcycle tuning, they are recognised as one of the most accomplished engine tuning companies in the UK.
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SAM WEST JOINS GARY JOHNSON IN TEAM YORK SUZUKI CLASSIC TT LINE UP
Team York Suzuki are again set to challenge for honours at this year’s Classic TT, presented by Bennetts, having secured the talented services of Gary Johnson and Sam West for the August event.
Both Johnson and West will contest the four-lap RST Superbike Race on identically-prepared 1100cc Suzuki’s for Kevin Pearson’s York-based team.
It will be Johnson’s fourth successive year with the team and although he’s found luck in scarce supply in recent years, his undoubted pace means he’s more than capable of pushing for a podium position, at the very least.
The double TT winner has recorded a best lap of 123.864mph on the striking blue and white machines and was running in third place in last year’s race before being forced to retire at the beginning of the third lap. He did, however, take fifth place in 2016.
West joins the team for the first time replacing Australian David Johnson, who competed with the team at the Classic TT between 2015 and 2018.
30-year old West needs no introduction to road race supporters though having established himself as one of the leading privateers on the road circuits in recent years. His best finish around the Mountain Course came in last year’s RL360 Superstock TT Race when he finished in an excellent eighth place with the Senior Race seeing him lap at just under 130mph.
His best results earlier this year, 12th and a brace of 13th’s, came in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and second Monster Energy Supersport TT Races whilst he made his debut at the Classic TT, presented by Bennetts, last year. Riding the Cookson Travel Suzuki, the Wilmslow rider took a fine eighth place with a fastest lap of 117.061mph.
A former racer in the 1980s, Pearson set up his own team with support from the York Suzuki Centre more than a decade ago and having supported the Post-Classic Manx Grand Prix races, he immediately contested the Classic TT when it was launched in 2013.
The following year saw the team have its best result to date when Russ Mountford took an excellent third in the Formula One Classic TT race. David Johnson also gave the team fourth and fifth place finishes in 2017 and 2015 respectively to further emphasise the competiveness of both the team and the machinery.
The 2019 line-up should again see Pearson’s team well to the fore with both riders having a great chance to impress.
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MICHAEL RUTTER AND ADAM MCLEAN HEAD UP RIPLEY LAND RACING CLASSIC TT TEAM
Ripley Land Racing have opted for a healthy blend of youth and experience for August’s Classic TT, presented by Bennetts, having signed TT stars Michael Rutter and Adam McLean for this year’s annual event.
Having ridden for the team since 2014, Rutter will again campaign a 350cc Drixton Honda in the Locate.im Junior Classic TT where he will be joined by young gun McLean who will ride a 350cc AJS 7R. The Northern Ireland youngster will also contest the Bennetts Senior Classic TT on the team’s 500cc Seeley G50 previously ridden by Rutter.
Winner of this year’s SES TT Zero Race, Rutter, has enjoyed some excellent results at the Classic TT since contesting the meeting for the first time five years ago. The Midlands rider has twice won the Junior Classic TT for Ripley Land Racing, taking the honours in both 2015 and 2017, whilst he also finished a close second to Michael Dunlop in 2016.
He was leading last year’s race before a puncture halted his progress and led to eventual retirement while his fastest lap on the 350cc Honda of 104.002mph is the third quickest in the class ever behind Dunlop and Dominic Herbertson.
McLean made an excellent debut at the event last year when the 23-year old finished in a superb sixth place for the team in the Locate.im Junior Classic TT and he will be riding the same AJS that he will campaign this year.
Ripley Land Racing are staunch supporters of both the Classic TT, and the classic racing scene in general with Ian and Janet Garbett continually putting out machines of the highest quality.
In addition to the success enjoyed with Rutter, the Guildford-based team have also taken two race wins at the meeting with Chris Palmer with Cameron Donald another rider to have enjoyed some strong results on board their machines.
With Rutter and McLean signed for 2019, their intentions are clear for this year’s Classic TT, and they have a great chance of adding to their already impressive track record.
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CC’S UNLIMITED KELLS ROAD RACES ROUND UP
Derek Sheils was the man on form in the premier class today at Kells taking both big bike wins and looking utterly convincing in the process onboard the Burrows Engineering/ RK Racing Suzuki.
The Irishman won the opening Superbike encounter by 6.3s ahead of Michael Sweeney with Thomas Maxwell finishing in a superb third place. In the grand final Sheils was imperious on his way to securing victory by a margin of 14.9s over Paul Jordan. Thomas Maxwell picked up a brace of Superbike podiums finishing again in third position.
Paul Jordan took the spoils in the day’s only Supersport affair. Riding his own team’s Yamaha R6, Jordan finished 8.5s clear of Michael Sweeney with Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed rounding out the podium places.
There was a popular win for Gary Dunlop in the 125/Moto3 race. With the lead chopping and changing over the course of the race, Dunlop eventually crossed the line to take victory by 1.5s over second placed man Kevin Fitzpatrick. Melissa Kennedy was in third.
In the Classic stakes, Ed Manly scored a double taking victory in the Junior 350 and Senior 500 classes. Brian Mateer run out the victor in the Junior 250 class with Senior 1000 honours going to Richard Ford.
In the Junior Support Race, Eoin O’Siochru was victorious following a hard fought battle with Kevin Baker; the winning margin a mere 0.3s. Vinny Brennan was 5.4s down the road in third place. Senior Support spoils went to Andy McAllister, who is enjoying a real purple patch of late. Kevin Baker made it a brace of second places in the support classes with Dermot Cleary in third places.
Darryl Anderson won the restarted Lightweight Support race after having battled throughout the race with second placed Gareth Keys, and third placed man Stephen Morrison, just 2.4s covered the top three riders.
Andy Farrell won the day’s only Supertwins race finishing 0.894s ahead of Kevin Baker with Vinny Brennan finishing in third place.
SHEILS DOES THE SUPERBIKE DOUBLE AT KELLS
Derek Sheils completed a Superbike double today at the CC’s Unlimited Kells Road Races. The Irishman produced an unrivalled performance in the Principal Insurance grand final to add to his earlier Superbike victory in the day’s Open Race.
Pole sitter Sheils, riding the Burrows Engineering / RK Racing Suzuki, finished almost fifteen seconds ahead of Paul Jordan with Thomas Maxwell finishing in a fine third place. It was another dominant showing from Sheils who once more underlined his position as the man to beat in the premier class. He led throughout the race leaving his rivals in his wake and he will leave Kells no doubt buoyed by his stand-out performances.
Forest Dunn finished in a credible fourth place with Kevin Fitzpatrick crossing the line in fifth. Next up was Gareth Keys in sixth on his return to big bike racing riding for Team DHR.
Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed finished in seventh place with the remaining top ten positions being filled by Alan Connor, Paul Gartland and the ever popular Czech, Michal Dokoupil.
Principal Insurance Grand Final
1 Derek Sheils 8:400.700
2 Paul Jordan +14.907
3 Thomas Maxwell +20.630
4 Forest Dunn
5 Kevin Fitzpatrick
6 Gareth Keys
7 Darryl Tweed
8 Alan Connor
9 Paul Gartland
10 Michal Dokoupil
11 Ryan Maher
12 Donald MacFadyen
13 Stephen Tobin
14 Noel Carroll
15 Stephen Casey
DEREK SHEILS WINS OPENING SUPERBIKE RACE AT KELLS
Derek Sheils won today’s Carvin Property Management & Friends of Road Racing Open race at Kells following a dominant display.
The pole sitter, onboard the Burrows Engineering / RK Racing Suzuki, led throughout over compatriot Michael Sweeney and crossed the line with a winning margin of 6.365s.
Second placed man Sweeney enjoyed a 7s advantage over Thomas Maxwell who finished in third place but was forced into holding off the charging Paul Jordan who narrowly missed out on a podium by a mere tenth of a second.
Carvin Property Management & Friends of Road Racing - Race result
1 Derek Sheils 8:37.116
2 Michael Sweeney +6.365
3 Thomas Maxwell +13.581
4 Paul Jordan +13.642
5 Forest Dunn
6 Darryl Tweed
7 Alan Connor
8 Michal Dokoupil
9 Andy Farrell
10 Gareth Keys
11 Kevin Fitzpatrick
12 Paul Gartland
13 Ryan Maher
14 Noel Carroll
15 Stephen Tobin
16 Donald MacFadyen
17 Stephen Casey
18 Paul Fallon
19 Graham Kennedy
CC’S UNLIMITED KELLS ROAD RACES QUALIFYING ROUND UP AND RESULTS
Road racing finally returned to Kells for the first time since 2015 and in what can only be described as perfect conditions, the organisers managed to treat the bumper crowd to a well managed, action packed day of qualifying.
Derek Sheils scored a double pole success when he topped the tables in the Open / Grand Final and Supersport Classes.
A late entry for the event, Sheils first qualified the Burrows Engineering/ RK Racing Suzuki on pole before doing the same in the Superpsort class onboard the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6. In the open qualifying session Michael Sweeney was second quickest with Paul Jordan third fastest overall, but those positions were reversed for 600cc qualifying.
Skerries man Andy Farrell secured Supertwins pole ahead of Vinny Brennan but Brennan was enjoying a great day going quickest in the Junior Support class. Senior Support pole was claimed by Andy McAllister who was 0.6s quicker than Nigel McAuley.
Kevin Fitzpatrick grabbed pole in the 125/Moto3 class and Darryl Anderson was the pole sitter in the Lightweight Support class.
In the Junior Classics, Brian Mateer and Barry Davidson were the fastest 250 and 350 riders respectively. Barry Davidson made it a double pole as he was the fastest in the Senior Classics 500 category with Richard Ford the quickest 1000 rider.
Grand Final - Open
1 Derek Sheils 1.14.899
2 Michael Sweeney 1.16.355
3 Paul Jordan 1.16.888
4 Thomas Maxwell 1.17.073
5 Andy Farrell 1.19.554
6 Darryl Tweed 1.19.882
7 Alan Connor 1.20.116
8 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.20.273
9 Forest Dunn 1.20.510
10 Paul Gartland 1.20.621
11 Graham Kennedy 1.21.322
12 Michal Dokoupil 1.21.550
13 Gareth Keys 1.22.061
14 Stephen Tobin 1.23.074
15 Donald MacFadyen 1.23.262
16 Ryan Maher 1.23.495
17 Noel Carroll 1.23.738
18 Stephen Casey 1.24.781
19 Paul Fallon 1.25.102
1 Derek Sheils 1.16.162
2 Paul Jordan 1.16.321
3 Michael Sweeney 1.17.428
4 Darryl Tweed 1.18.430
5 Andy Farrell 1.19.308
6 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.19.583
7 Thomas Maxwell 1.20.233
8 Forest Dunn 1.20.314
9 Michal Dokoupil 1.20.819
10 Ryan Maher 1.21.298
11 Graham Kennedy 1.21.368
12 Stephen Tobin 1.21.727
13 Gareth Keys 1.21.920
14 Stephen Casey 1.23.548
15 Noel Carroll 1.24.144
16 Paul Fallon 1.24.198
1 Andy Farrell 1.24.053
2 Vinny Brennan 1.24.450
3 Roy Graham 1.25.270
4 Kevin Baker 1.25.794
5 Tommy Henry 1.26.640
6 John Ella 1.27.547
7 Dominic Cottrell 1.27.612
8 Veronika Hankocyova 1.27.957
9 Jason Cassells 1.28.248
10 Nigel Colgan 1.28.447
11 Martin Currams 1.29.132
12 James Cottrell 1.29.142
13 Paul Gartland 1.29.209
14 Noel Smith 1.29.231
15 Martin Currams 1.29.685
16 Alastair Haworth 1.29.717
17 Brendan Flynn 1.32.062
18 David Broderick 1.36.592
19 Davy Graham 1.36.799
1 Vinny Brennan 1.25.346
2 Jason Cassells 1.26.891
3 Eoin O’Siochru 1.27.109
4 Nigel Colgan 1.27.122
5 Kevin Baker 1.27.829
6 Alastair Haworth 1.27.974
7 Noel Smith 1.28.210
8 Dominic Cottrell 1.28.311
9 John Ella 1.29.761
10 Robert Cairns 1.29.943
11 Alan Smith 1.30.025
12 John Cahill 1.30.040
13 Darryl Anderson 1.30.117
14 Martin Currams 1.30.217
15 James Cottrell 1.30.511
16 John Byrne 1.30.623
17 Aaron Boyd 1.31.894
18 Liam Crotty 1.33.156
19 Brendan Flynn 1.33.474
20 Nigel McAuley 1.33.634
21 Michael Hoey 1.34.688
22 Davy Graham 1.37.985
23 David Broderick 1.38.194
1 Andy McAllister 1.23.522
2 Nigel McAuley 1.24.198
3 Dermot Cleary 1.25.037
4 Kevin Baker 1.25.651
5 Aron Hatch 1.26.338
6 John Cahill 1.26.449
7 Darryl Anderson 1.26.595
8 Paul Swords 1.26.777
9 Keith Richardson 1.27.263
10 John Ella 1.27.338
11 Noel Smith 1.27.617
12 Adrian Heraty 1.27.754
13 Robert Cairns 1.28.247
14 Michael Hoey 1.28.362
15 Martin Currams 1.28.502
16 Stuart McCann 1.28.623
17 John Byrne 1.29.838
18 Veronika Hankocyova 1.30.305
1 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.29.853
2 Sam Grief 1.30.442
3 Gary Dunlop 1.30.675
4 Melissa Kennedy 1.30.848
5 Wayne Kennedy 1.32.449
6 Sean Leonard 1.35.441
7 Paul Gartland 1.35.584
8 Darryl Anderson 1.39.236
1 Darryl Anderson 1.28.667
2 Stephen Morrison 1.29.604
3 Aaron Boyd 1.30.382
4 Alistair Haworth 1.30.980
5 Stephen Tobin 1.33.302
6 Mark Shiels 1.35.380
1 Brian Mateer 1.38.755
2 Richard Ford 1.40.467
3 Ken Parkes 1.40.650
4 Philip Shaw 1.43.868
5 Steven Bedford 1.47.075
6 Gavan Duffy 1.48.850
7 Trevor Stewart 2.10.793
1 Barry Davidson 1.34.656
2 Ed Manly 1.37.109
3 Mick Brady 1.40.941
4 Ian Thompson 1.41.167
5 Sam Kinkead 1.41.359
6 Freddie Stewart 1.42.867
7 Jonathan Doran 1.43.432
8 Sean Leonard 1.45.351
9 Andy Kildea 1.45.751
10 Kevin Callan 1.47.636
11 Gary Hutton 1.49.416
12 Paul McMahon 1.52.072
1 Barry Davidson 1.33.468
2 Sean Leonard 1.37.788
3 Sam Kinkead 1.43.971
4 Kevin Callan 1.49.856
1 Richard Ford 1.30.952
2 Ian Thompson 1.37.431
3 Liam Crotty 1.44.110
4 Philip Shaw 1.46.694
DEREK SHEILS STORMS TO SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT POLE AT KELLS
Derek Sheils topped the timesheets in both the Superbike and Supersport classes today at the CC’s Unlimited Kells Road Races to claim pole position ahead of racing tomorrow.
In almost perfect conditions around the Crossakiel course, Sheils was in imperious form putting the Burrows Engineering/ RK Racing Suzuki on Open / Grand Final pole 1.3s clear of Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney. Paul Jordan was the top 600cc qualifier going third quickest, a further half second back on Sweeney.
Manx Grand Prix winners Thomas Maxwell, Andy Farrell and Darryl Tweed qualified in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Alan Connor qualified in seventh with Kevin Fitzpatrick, Forest Dunn and Paul Gartland making up the rest of the top ten places.
In the day’s only timed Supersport session it was Sheils once again who managed to secure pole position. Riding the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6, the Irishman went two tenths quicker than Paul Jordan, who was riding his own team’s Yamaha R6. Michael Sweeney was third fastest.
Darryl Tweed and Andy Farrell rounded out the top five places. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Thomas Maxwell, Forest Dunn, Michal Dokoupil and Ryan Maher rounded out the top ten.
POSITIVE END TO 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT FOR BURROWS ENGINEERING/RK RACING AS DEREK SHEILS CLAIMS 13TH PLACE IN BLUE RIBAND SENIOR RACE FOR BURROWS ENGINEERING/RK RACING TEAM
The Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team ended a challenging Isle of Man TT with a positive result in the blue riband Senior race, with Derek Sheils bringing the Suzuki GSX-R1000 home in 13th place.
Derek lapped at 127.56mph as he battled on throughout the gruelling six-lap finale even though he was struggling with sickness. He had a DNF in the Superstock race, but the Dublin rider followed up his 11th place in the opening Supersport race with 12th position in race two on his Yamaha R6.
Tom Weeden began to get to grips with the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Senior after missing out on much-needed track time due to poor weather throughout TT fortnight. The Kent man finished 26th and lapped at 122.89mph, while Weeden finished 24th in the second Supersport race on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Yamaha R6, lapping at 119.10mph.
With the first two major international road races over, the team’s next outing will be at the Skerries 100 Irish National meeting in County Dublin next month (July 6-7).
Team Principal – John Burrows:
“It was a positive end to the 2019 Isle of Man TT for the team, with Derek finishing in 13th place in the Senior. However, we also had mixed feelings because there is no doubt Derek had the pace to go much faster and finish higher up the leaderboard, but he was feeling sick after eating something that disagreed with him. He was vomiting and Derek just wasn’t himself, but he battle through the race and to finish 13th under the circumstances was a decent result for the team, and once again he was the first Suzuki rider home. Derek also finished 11th and 12th on his own Yamaha in the Supersport races but sadly he had a DNF on our bike in the Superstock race, when it seems to have broken a valve on the final lap at Ballacraine.
“Like everyone, we were up against it with the weather at the TT and a lack of track time, but we overcame a few issues with the GSX-R1000 Superbike and were feeling confident on Friday morning. Dunlop changed the profile of their front tyre this year and we were struggling to find our way with it a bit. You only get once chance at the TT, so it was unfortunate that Derek wasn’t just feeling 100 per-cent.
“Tom didn’t get many laps done to be fair and to lap at almost 123mph in the Senior is probably what I thought would be possible for him. Prior to the TT, I had expected that he could lap at 125mph and I do think he would have done that with more time under his belt. Tom was using Michelin rubber and he was very pleased with the feedback from the tyres.
“The next meeting for the team will be the Skerries 100 next month. We have decided to give Kells and Enniskillen a miss, which will ease the burden on us a bit as a team.”
“It was a tough TT for both the organisers and competitors alike. We had very limited track time during practice to get the new bikes working, but it was the same for everyone. My annual bad luck at the TT continued with a dose of food poisoning on the Wednesday of race week, which meant in the races on Thursday and Friday I was really unwell and getting sick as I raced. My lap times fluctuated throughout as a result because my concentration was slipping at times.
“The Superstock bike blew an engine but all in all, I was happy to come across the line in 13th in the Senior considering I really struggled and was vomiting on laps three and four. I was pleasantly surprised with my pace on the 600 and to finish 11th and 12th was great as it’s not usually my strongest class.”
“I was happy enough under circumstances with how the TT went this year. We had new bikes and badly need more track time to get dialled in. Prior the Superstock race, I had only done two laps on the 1000cc Suzuki, so I went into the race blind. I really enjoyed the six laps in the Senior and the team had the bike there or thereabouts for the race. It felt good and for the first time it really began to feel like my bike.
“I lapped just shy of 123mph and I’d hoped for more than that to be honest, but the weather just really left us on the back foot and at one stage we were sat around for four days doing nothing. It was my first time running slick tyres on a Superbike in the Senior and the Michelin tyres were really impressive. We’ve a bit of a break now before our next race so it’s back down to earth with a bump after the TT.”
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DAN COOPER CALLS TIME ON ROAD RACING
Dan Cooper has made the decision to call time on his road racing career in order to solely focus on short circuit completion.
The 31-year old Englishman has enjoyed some major success during his roads career, but following a difficult Isle Of Man TT the decision was made to withdraw from roads competition.
During his nine year’s of racing at the TT, Cooper enjoyed multiple top ten finishes and won the 2016 TT Privateer’s Trophy. There was also other international success with a podium coming at the North West 200 and a victory in the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix Lightweight race.
“Competing on the Mountain Course has been the best thing I’ve ever done on two wheels and the last nine years have been amazing but with all the bad weather it just wasn’t happening for me this year. On some occasions in practice, my mind was wandering all over the place and if you’re not 100 per cent focused and concentrated, that’s when things can go wrong.”
“I wasn’t enjoying being out on the course and after what happened to Daley it put everything into perspective.”
“When I was standing on the grid for the race watching all the other boys go out to race, there was part of me that wished I was back out there but after speaking with all my family and sponsors I feel that I’ve made the right decision and will focus my efforts now back on the short circuits.”
ROB HODSON TAKES COLAS 1100CC VICTORY AT BILLOWN FOLLOWING RIVETING BATTLE WITH RYAN KNEEN
Rob Hodson took his second ever win at Billown this in evening’s Colas Post TT Road Races meeting, with Ryan Kneen finishing in second place following a truly captivating battle that raged for the entirety of the 8 lap race.
The two leaders, both riding BMW machines, broke free of the chasing pack right from the off and never looked back as they tussled for the lead putting on a superb showcase of road racing for the fans lining the circuit.
Hodson held the lead throughout the race but Kneen was constantly sitting on his back wheel producing fastest lap after fastest lap. Newcomer Mike Browne, winner of this evening’s 600cc race, had no answer to the pace shown by the two men in front but still showed his worth by finishing in a hugely respectable third place.
Hodson eventually crossed the line to take victory by the smallest of margins, only 0.078s separating him from his rival. Kneen posted the fastest lap of the race on the final lap with a truly stunning time of 2:17.726s / 111.090mph. Browne was 54s back in third.
“I had to ride the wheels off that. My bike’s quick so I’m made up to get the win. I knew we could do those sorts of times, the BMW is a great bike to ride around here. I’m pleased to get my second win at Billown.”
Colas 1100cc Race result
1 Rob Hodson
2 Ryan Kneen
3 Mike Browne
4 Anthony Redmond
5 Mark Goodings
6 Jamie Williams
7 Frankie Stennett
8 Andy Sailor
9 Paul Cassidy
10 Rad Hughes
11 David Brook
12 Brian Clark
13 Matthew Sardo
14 Rodolphe Gouge
DNF Michael Brew
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RHYS HARDISTY WINS THRILLER AT THE COLAS POST TT ROAD RACES
Rhys Hardisty took victory in this evening’s Manx Independent Carriers 250/650cc race at the Colas Post TT Road Races.
Hardisty, the only 250cc mounted rider in the race, was involved in race-long duel with Douglas rider Dave Moffitt; the two riders swapping places and treating the fans to a superb spectacle of road racing.
The first few laps saw Hardisty lead by little more than 0.5s as Manx Grand Prix winner Moffitt stalked him from second place. Mark Colvin was in third place during the early stages with Gavin Brown back in third.
Moffitt tried to make a move on lap three into Cross Four Ways but Hardisty closed the door to remain in the lead through half distance.
The leaders held station throughout lap four but on lap five Moffitt made his move at Cross Four Ways and Gavin Brown was up into this place following a black flag being shown to Mark Colvin.
Moffitt held the lead across the line to begin the final lap but Hardisty passed him on the run to Ballakeighan only for Moffitt to reclaim the lead once more at Cross Four Ways. Drama was to follow with Moffitt getting his braking wrong at Castletown Corner resulting in Hardisty crossing the line to take the win by 1.6s with Gavin Brown 53s further back in third place.
“We had a misfire on the bike and I had to work my way around it. Dave had the legs over me but I managed to tuck myself in and make the move when he overtook me. Great race.”
Manx Independent Carriers 250/650cc race result
1 Rhys Hardisty
2 Dave Moffitt
3 Gavin Brown
4 Daniel Capper
5 Jack Petrie
6 Andrew Castle
DNF Mark Colvin
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NEWCOMER MIKE BROWNE WINS CUPLASS CALLOW 600CC RACE AT BILLOWN
Mike Browne won the opening race of the Colas Post TT Road Races this evening. The Irishman took his first win at the Colas Billown circuit, an extra special achievement being a newcomer to the course.
Manx rider and pole sitter, Nathan Harrison, made an early break on lap one with Rob Hodson and Mike Browne in pursuit on lap one. Those positions remained the same until the beginning of lap three when Browne found some extra pace to make a move on Harrison into Ballakeighan to take the lead.
By the end of lap three Browne’s lead was 1.0s with Hodson a further 0.6s back in third. Over the next lap Browne managed to build up a slender lead but crossing the line to begin lap six there was a noticeable gap as second placed man Harrison had pulled in at Church Bends.
That meant that Browne was leading by 1.5s over Hodson with Rhys Hardisty promoted up into third place.
The positions remained that way until the end with Browne taking his maiden win at Billown by 7.2s and posting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap clocking 2:24.096s 106.179mph.
“I got a bad start but I settled into it nicely. I got a good slipstream on Nathan and made my move. Wasn’t expecting the circuit to be as bumpy but I enjoyed that. I like this place!”
CuPlass Callow 600cc Race Result
1 Mike Browne
2 Rob Hodson
3 Rhys Hardisty
4 Jamie Williams
5 Andy Sailor
6 Dave Moffitt
7 Paul Cassidy
8 Alun Brooks
9 Timothee Monot
10 Frank Stennent
11 Rad Hughes
12 Don Gilbert
13 Brian Clark
14 Michael Brew
DNF Nathan Harrison
DNF Peter Creer
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2019 ISLE OF MAN TT AWARDS ROUND UP AS HICKMAN SECURES JOEY DUNLOP CHAMPIONSHIP AND COWARD IS NAMED AS TOP PRIVATEER
Peter Hickman has the honour of taking home the Joey Dunlop TT Solo Championship crown from this year’s Isle Of Man TT following his victories in the RST Superbike, Monster Energy Supersport Race 2, and RL360 Superstock TT Races. He finished third teen points ahead of Dunlop Senior TT winner Dean Harrison. The Smiths Racing team won the top team award for the second year in a row.
Ben and Tom Birchall took the title in the Sidecar class following their two wins this year’s Locate.im Sidecar TT Races. The Birchalls also walked away with the Motul Team Award for Technical Excellence with their LCR chassis filling all the podium spaces in the first sidecar race.
Newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe were awarded the RST Star of Tomorrow award following on from their stellar debut which saw the pair set the fastest newcomer lap for a sidecar team when they clocked a speed of 113.53mph in race one.
Jamie Coward was named as the top privateer following his impressive performers at this year’s TT races which saw the Prez Racing rider claim his first ever podium finish coming in second place in the Bennetts Lightweight TT race on Thursday evening.
The ‘Spirit of the TT’ award was given collectively to all of the marshals who worked so diligently over the course of this year’s meeting.
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DEAN HARRISON WINS DRAMATIC DUNLOP SENIOR TT
Dean Harrison claimed victory in today’s blue riband Dunlop Senior TT race following a dramatic turn of events which saw long-term leader Peter Hickman lose the lead after his bike developed an issue after the second round of pit stops.
Smiths Racing’s Hickman was the fastest man out of the gate and led the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki bike of Harrison by 0.3s through Glen Helen. Conor Cummins, on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda, settled into third place 5s adrift of Harrison with Michael Dunlop 0.3s back in fourth spot on the Tyco BMW.
BMW mounted Hickman managed to increase the gap over the course of the first lap and crossed the line to lead by 2.2s clocking an incredible lap of 134.28mph / 16:51.496 from a standing start. Harrison’s first lap was 133.99mph / 16:53.704s.
The top ten on lap one read as, Hickman, Harrison, Cummins, Dunlop, D Johnson, Todd, Rutter, Coward, G Johnson, McCormack.
Davey Todd, in his second year of competition at the Isle of Man TT, joined the 130mph club clocking a lap of 130.23mph onboard the Penz13.com BMW S1000RR.
Lap 2 developed with Hickman hammering home his advantage over the first few sections to lead at Ramsey by 3.4s, but it was on the climb to the Bungalow where the 5-time TT winner was able to make huge gains almost doubling his lead. Cummins was now falling back as was Michael Dunlop who still held fourth place.
Entering gasoline alley to make the first of two scheduled pit stops, Hickman now enjoyed a lead of 8.0s. Both Honda riders retired at the end of lap two and there was a pit lane penalty for Julian Trummer. Sam West was also a notable retirement. Irishman Brian McCormack was up into 8th place at the end of the second lap.
Lap 3 saw the lead largely remain the same until the climb up the mountain where Hickman was finding serious pace over the chasing pack. The gap over the line at half distance was 13.4s.
Dean Harrison managed to claw back 1.1s over Hickman on the run to Ballaugh on lap 4 and a further 0.5s by the time he had reached Ramsey, but true to form, Hickman put the hammer down on the climb to the Bungalow and found three seconds to lead his rival by 15.2s. Conor Cummins was still in a secure third place 40s back on Harrison.
Making the second of two scheduled pit stops, Hickman was now leading by 17.6s but drama was to follow as the Smith’s BMW superbike began to develop an issue with it losing water resulting in Hickman’s lead evaporating.
That became all too apparent by the time the leaders flashed through Ramsey on the penultimate lap as Harrison had moved into the lead with a gap over Hickman of 7.8s. On the run across the mountain that gap had doubled and crossing the line to began the sixth and final lap the gap was now out to 18.38s.
Harrison managed to increase his advantage over the last 37.73 miles and crossed the line to take his first ever ‘big bike’ TT victory by 53s clocking a lap of 132.89mph to mark the first Senior TT win for Kawasaki since 1975.
Hickman eventually crossed the line 5.3s ahead of Conor Cummins, who took a well earned third place.
“I thought if I can try and stay in with a shout I’d have a chance. I can’t believe it! Yesterday got me back up to speed. It was hard work but conditions were perfect. Massive thanks to the crowd waving us around. They made it so special.
“It is what it is. The bike was working awesome and I was cruising but after the second stop the bike started overheating and it was chucking water out so I had to ride around at half throttle. It was a tough last two laps. All credit to Dean. We’re obviously gutted but that’s how it goes.
“We had an issue mid-race but other than that it was a faultless race. I just dug in as best I could. I’m happy with third but we’ll come back next year stronger. The team has worked so hard to get me a good package. Massive credit to the them.”
DUNLOP SENIOR TT RACE RESULT
1 Dean Harrison
2 Peter Hickman
3 Conor Cummins
4 Michael Dunlop
5 James Hillier
6 Davey Todd
7 Michael Rutter
8 Jamie Coward
9 Brian McCormack
10 Dominic Herbertson
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RUTTER BREAKS HIS OWN LAP RECORD IN SES TT ZERO RACE VICTORY
Michael Rutter was in record breaking form in today’s SES TT Zero race for electric bikes at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
Rutter clinched the race win with a new record lap from Bathams Mugen teammate John McGuinness. Another veteran competitor, Team Mirai’s Ian Lougher, took the final podium place.
Celebrating its 10th year this year, the TT Zero Race lap record has gone from an average speed of 96.82mph set by Mark Miller in the inaugural TT Zero Race, to Rutter’s new time of 121.909mph, just under a second inside his old record set last year.
The race has been dominated in recent years by the Mugen team, with John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Bruce Anstey all winning races for the Japanese-based factory team and today’s win for Rutter’s – his fifth in the class -also extended his record of winning every TT Zero Race that he has participated in. He was also the first rider to break the prestigious 100mph mark for an electric bike in 2012.
Rutter was never headed in the race and his lead was over 4 seconds at the opening timing point at Glen Helen from Bathams Mugen teammate John McGuinness. Davey Todd, who replaced his Penz13.com teammate Daley Matheson - who was so tragically killed in the Superbike race earlier in the week - on the Nottingham University bike, was in third but was already almost eleven seconds off the leaders pace. Wales’s Ian Lougher and South African Allann Venter (Brunel University) completed the top five.
McGuinness closed the gap to just over three seconds at Ballaugh and set the fastest time through the Sulby speed trap – a remarkable 176.14 to Rutter’s 173.86 with Todd also flying through Sulby straight with 160.16 – all three times testament to the progress that these electric bikes have made.
However, Rutter again improved his lead back up to almost five seconds by the third check point at Ramsey Hairpin. By the Bungalow the main question on everyone’s lips was whether Rutter could break his own lap record and he answered the question at the Grandstand with a new lap record.
McGuinness comfortably held on to second place at the chequered flag but with Davey Todd stopping after Ramsey, Ian Lougher moved into the final podium place and duly came home in third with an average lap speed of 102.690mph.
With Todd retiring, it was left to Allann Venter to give Brunel University the honour of being the leading University. The Duffy Motorsport pair – Mike Norbury and Shaun Anderson were next home with 83.289 and 72.026 respectively. Matthew Rees, representing the University of Bath, was the final finisher.
MICHAEL DUNLOP WINS THRILLING BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE AT THE ISLE OF MAN
Michael Dunlop won the Bennetts Lightweight TT race this evening in what proved to be an absolute nail biting race. Dunlop, who is now a 19-time TT winner, had to fight off the advances of Jamie Coward as the duo tussled for the lead for the entirety of the two lap race.
Riding the Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse, Dunlop made a break right from the start and led by 2.68s over Kawasaki mounted Coward through Glen Helen with KMR’s Gary Johnson in third place, 0.67s behind Coward.
The gap for the lead increased by two tenths of a second through Ballaugh but on the run to Ramsey Dunlop had managed to draw out a gap of 4s as he started his first run up the mountain. Gary Johnson was now under serious pressure from Lee Johnston, the gap between the pair a mere 01.s.
Drama was to follow as Dunlop almost lost his entire lead as Coward, onboard the KW Electrical / CMS / SB Tuning Kawasaki, was now only 0.2s behind. Lee Johnston was also making gains on the run up the mountain overhauling Gary Johnson to move into the final podium position.
At Cronk Ny Mona Coward had moved into the lead and crossing the line he enjoyed a margin of 1.4s clocking a lap of 120.65mph. Dunlop’s lap was 120.56mph. Lee Johnston was a further 7s back in third place.
Stefano Bonetti was in fourth at the end of lap one with Gary Johnson in fifth and Dafabet Racing’s Paul Jordan in a very credible sixth place. The Norton duo of Davey Todd and John McGuinness we’re notable retirements at the end of the first lap.
Through Glen Helen on lap two and Michael Dunlop was the man on the move closing the gap to 0.47s and he had taken another tenth out of Coward as the pair reached Ballaugh.
Dunlop was into the lead at Ramsey, reaching the hairpin 1.7 faster than Coward to lead on the road by 1.4s and set up a thrilling chase over the mountain. Johnston was still in fourth place with Paul Jordan enjoying a hugely impressive performance in fourth.
Coward began to eat into the lead held by Dunlop as he reached first the Bungalow and then Cronk Ny Mona, the gap now only 0.7s, but Dunlop produced a stunning final sector to cross the line and take his nineteenth TT victory by a winning margin of 1.2s. Lee Johnston was 22s further down the road in third place.
Michael Dunlop’s final lap was 122.75mph 18:26.574mph which was seven hundredths of a second outside his own class lap record.
“I didn’t think I was ever going to get in here again. I’ve been struggling with lack of track time and my injury has been holding me back.
I lost the rear a few times and I thought I was having to push very hard. The race was good. These boys are all pushing hard to win this race. This win gives me something to be happy about. I was worried I had lost it.”
BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE RESULT
1 Michael Dunlop
2 Jamie Coward
3 Lee Johnston
4 Paul Jordan
5 Michael Rutter
6 Stefano Bonetti
7 Gary Johnson
8 Peter Hickman
9 Dominic Herbertson
10 Horst Saiger
11 James Chawke
12 Ian Lougher
13 John Barton
14 Jonathan Perry
15 Michal Dokoupil
16 Shun Anderson
17 Xavier Denis
18 Jim Hodson
19 Rob Whittall
20 Darren Cooper
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HICKMAN PRODUCES IMPERIOUS PERFORMANCE TO NOTCH UP FIFTH TT WIN
Peter Hickman claimed his second victory of the day in this afternoon’s RL360 Superstock race, to take a hat trick of wins at this year’s Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
Smiths Racing’s Hickman produced a scintillating first sector on the run to Glen Helen to lead by 1.6s over Dean Harrison with James Hillier slotting into third place. Hickman then extended the gap to 2.3s through Ballaugh with Michael Dunlop now moving into third place.
Silicone Engineering’s Harrison lost more ground to Hickman on the run to Ramsey and at the Bungalow Hickman had managed to increase the lead to 7.1s. MD Racing’s Michael Dunlop, in third place, maintained the gap to Harrison to 4.5s.
With all riders taking their mandatory stop in the pits at the end of lap one, Hickman clocked a lap of 132.02mph 17:08.806s to lead by 9.02s over Harrison with Dunlop a further 4.2s down in third. All top three riders posted laps in excess of 130mph. James Hillier, who was in fourth place, received a thirty second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Lap two at Glen Helen saw the lead cut to 5.8s with Harrison the quickest of all the leaders. Dunlop was now 11.4s behind Harrison. BMW mounted Hickman however was on the charge and began to to hammer home his advantage increasing the lead to 13.1s through the Bungalow on lap two. Crossing the line to begin the third and final lap of the race, Hickman’s advantage over Harrison was now a seemingly unassailable 16.5s.
Hickman kept on pressing home his advantage over Kawasaki mounted Harrison on the final lap as Dunlop was now involved in a battle for third having been overhauled into fourth place by Honda Racing’s David Johnson.
On the run to Ramsey Dunlop managed to regain the position, his margin over Johnson a mere 0.5s. Hickman’s gap to Harrison was 22s through Ramsey with just the mountain section to come.
As he crossed the line to take victory by 26s, Hickman clocked a lap of 131.38mph. Harrison was in second place but all eyes were on the battle for third and it was Johnson who narrowly pipped Dunlop for the final podium position, finishing 0.2s ahead of the 18-time TT winner.
“I don’t know what to say. The Superstock bike just works really well. It felt like I was cruising. Before the North West I hadn’t even sat on it. I had good boards everywhere and knew exactly where I was. I had a buffer so it was good not to have to push so hard to get the win.”
RL360 SUPERSTOCK TT RACE RESULT
1 Peter Hickman
2 Dean Harrison
3 David Johnson
4 Michael Dunlop
5 Conor Cummins
6 Michael Rutter
7 James Hillier
8 Davey Todd
9 Jamie Coward
10 Gary Johnson
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PETER HICKMAN WINS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT RACE TWO AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Peter Hickman won his first Supersport TT race this afternoon at the Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy, taking his tally of wins around the mountain course to four.
Benefiting from an early lap of morning practice, Hickman was up to speed very quickly taking a marginal lead at Glen Helen and springing a surprise over Dean Harrison, who by his own standards was unusually slow over the first sector. James Hillier split the pair as he slipped into second place with Harrison in third.
Silicone Engineering’s Harrison found another gear through Ballaugh overhauling both Hickman and Hillier slotting into the lead. Hillier maintained second place with Smiths Racing’s Hickman now in the final podium place. Just over half a second was now covering the top three riders.
As was the story in last year’s record breaking Senior TT, Hickman found another gear over the mountain section building up a 1.7s margin to lead Harrison with Kawasaki mounted Hillier in third place.
Crossing the line to start the one and only flying lap of the race, Hickman led Harrison by 2.3s clocking a lap of 127.21mph with Hillier 0.961s further back.
The remaining riders rounding out the top ten were, Conor Cummins 4th, Jamie Coward 5th, Gary Johnson 6th, Lee Johnston 7th, Michael Dunlop 8th, Davey Todd 9th, Paul Jordan 10th.
By Glen Helen on lap 2 Harrison had managed to retake the lead by a margin of 0.54s with Hillier now falling back 3.1s down the road. At Ballaugh however it was Hickman who led by 0.3s setting up a nail biting climax to the two lap race. The gap remained the same at Ramsey but the mountain section was to come.
On the run to the Bungalow Hickman increased the gap to 0.9s and by the time he reached Cronk Ny Mona he has a cushion of 1.9s over Harrison.
Hickman crossed the line to take the race win by 3.3s winning his fourth TT victory and lapping at 128.14mph 17:39.992s. Harrison’s last lap was 128.02mph 17:40.990s and third places Hillier lapped at 127.59mph 17:44.583s.
“We’ve been trying so hard to win a 600 race at the TT. The extra practice lap on the Superbike this morning really helped me out to get going. That’s only my sixth lap on the bike over the fortnight. Really happy to get the win.”
1 Peter Hickman 128.14mph
2 Dean Harrison 128.02mph
3 James Hillier 127.59mph
4 Conor Cummins 127.21mph
5 Jamie Coward 126.89mph
6 Michael Dunlop 125.42mph
7 Davey Todd 125.69mph
8 Gary Johnson 125.79mph
9 Lee Johnston 125.67mph
10 David Johnson 124.76mph
11 Paul Jordan 123.55mph
12 Derek Sheils 123.62mph
13 Sam West 123.35mph
14 Dominic Herbertson 123.46mph
15 John McGuinness 122.49mph
16 Michael Sweeney 121.60mph
17 Horst Saiger 121.71mph
18 Mike Browne 121.45mph
19 Xavier Denis 119.79mph
20 James Chawke 119.52mph
21 Michal Dokoupil 119.11mph
22 Joe Akroyd 119.61mph
23 Philip Crowe 119.42mph
24 Tom Weeden 119.10mph
25 Rob Hodson 118.34mph
26 Brian McCormack 119.80mph
27 Rhys Hardisty 118.54mph
28 Mike Booth 118.42mph
29 Julian Trummer 119.00mph
30 Darren Cooper 118.97mph
31 Timothee Monot 118.16mph
32 Richard Wilson 117.87mph
33 Raul Torras 117.52mph
34 Adrian Harrison 117.35mph
35 David Hewson 118.14mph
36 Mike Norbury 117.70mph
37 Josh Daley 117.41mph
38 Richard Charlton 117.12mph
39 Frank Gallagher 118.13mph
40 Jim Hodson 116.89mph
41 Mike Parrett 116.96mph
42 Morgan Govignon 116.72mph
43 Rob Whittal 116.29mph
44 Jonathan Perry 114.92mph
45 Masayuki Yamanaka 115.70mph
46 Raymond Casey 116.17mph
47 Dave Moffit 114.90mph
48 Matthew Rees 114.19mph
49 Miroslav Sloboda 115.51mph
50 Paul Williams 114.10mph
51 Matt Mylchreest 113.39mph
52 Nicolas Pautet 113.68mph
53 Jonathan Goetschy 112.46mph
54 David Datzer 113.32mph
55 Justin Collins 111.90mph
56 Forest Dunn
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MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR THE BIRCHALLS
Ben and Tom Birchall won the second Locate.im sidecar race today at the Isle Of Man TT races fuelled by Monster Energy, taking their seventh consecutive win in the class.
Finishing with a winning margin of 20.5s, brothers Ben and Tom Birchall never looked in much trouble as they romped to another win around the mountain course. Their victory today now brings their tally of TT triumphs into double figures on ten wins.
John Holden and Lee Cain finishes in second place to take their 12th consecutive podium at the TT. The duo of Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley rounded out the podium places.
“To win ten TT races is a huge honour. We felt pressure out there with it being a short race but it was great to be out there entertaining the crowd. We didn’t have a great run to really go for the lap record. It’s great to get another win after a hard two weeks.”
LOCATE.IM SIDECAR RACE TWO RESULT
1 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 118.61 mph
2 John Holden / Lee Cain - 117.59 mph 19:15.084
3 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley - 116.03 mph
4 Tim Reeves / Mark Wilkes - 113.05 mph 20:01.491
5 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde 113.20 mph
6 Estelle Leblond / Frank Claeys - 110.38 mph
7 Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney - 103.97 mph
8 Allan Schofield / Steve Thomas - 109.03 mph
9 John Lowther / Scott Hardie - 108.92 mph
10 Dave Molyneux / Harry Payne 104.41mph 21:40.953
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ISLE OF MAN TT: FIVE RACES PLANNED FOR THURSDAY FOLLOWING ANOTHER WEATHER WASHOUT
Isle Of Man TT organisers announced that Thursday’s schedule would allocate for an unprecedented five races following a further day’s action being cancelled due to wet roads around the mountain course.
This year’s TT has been beset by weather difficulties and with time running out, the hope tomorrow is to run the Supersport, Sidecar, Superstock, Lightweight and TT Zero races.
The downside of running so many races means that all classes, with the exception of the TT Zero class, will have their race shortened.
PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY 6TH JUNE
10:45 Mountain Road closes
11:30 Rest of the course closes
11:50 Senior / Superstock qualifying
12:45 Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 (2 laps)
13:50 Locate.im Sidecar Race 2 (2 laps)
14:55 RL360 Superstock Race (3 laps)
17:00 All roads open except Mountain Road
18:00 All roads closed
18:30 Bennett’s Lightweight TT Race (2 laps)
19:20 SES TT Zero (1 lap)
20:00 Senior Qualifying
21:30 All roads open except Mountain Road
22:30 All roads open
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REVISED SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ACTION AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Following the cancellation of Tuesday’s schedule due to poor weather conditions around the mountain course, Isle Of Man TT organisers have revealed their programme for Wednesday and Thursday which sees the inclusion of four races and multiple sessions of much needed qualifying.
The second Monster Energy Supersport race gets underway at 10:45am tomorrow and will be followed by the Bennett’s Lightweight TT race.
Thursday brings us the RL360 Superstock TT race, won last year by Peter Hickman, and the SES TT Zero race.
WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE
09:15: Mountain road closes
10:00: Rest of the course closes
10:45: Monster Energy Supersport Race 2
12:40: Sidecar qualifying
14:15: Bennett’s Lightweight TT race
15:55: Sidecar qualifying
16:10: TT Zero qualifying
17:00: All roads open except mountain road
18:00: All roads closed
18:30: Senior qualifying
19:35: Sidecar qualifying
20:50: All roads open except mountain road
21:50: All roads open
THURSDAY 6TH JUNE
10:45: Mountain road closes
11:30: Rest of the course closes
12:15: RL360 Superstock TT race
14:10: Sidecar qualifying
15:00: SES TT Zero race
15:45: Senior qualifying
16:55: All roads open except mountain road
17:55: All roads open
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LEE JOHNSTON TAKES MAIDEN WIN AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Lee Johnston secured his maiden victory at the Isle of Man TT winning this evening’s weather shortened Monster Energy Supersport race.
James Hillier, on the Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki, made the early running over the run to Ballaugh as he built up a lead of 1.6s over Lee Johnston with Gary Johnson vaulting into third place, a further second back.
Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston posted the fastest sector time on the run to Ramsey, closing the gap to Hillier to 1s and by the time he reached the Bungalow he was leading by 1.7s. Peter Hickman was moving steadily along and had overhauled Gary Johnson to slot into third on the run up the mountain.
On the descent from the mountain section to the Grandstand Johnston increased his lead again and crossed the line to complete lap one to lead Hillier by 1.98s and clock a standing start lap of 126.03mph. Hillier managed to lap at 125.80mph with Hickman lapping at 125.57mph onboard the Smiths Racing Trooper Triumph.
The top ten at the end of the first lap read as, Lee Johnston, James Hillier, Peter Hickman, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins, Jamie Coward, Davey Todd and Ian Hutchinson.
Lap two saw Lee Johnston increase his lead through Glen Helen to 3.9s and maintain that lead through Ballaugh. Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop overhauled Gary Johnson who dropped down to sixth.
With rain now falling on the west of the island Hillier managed to close the gap to 0.757s through Ramsey but on the run up the mountain Lee Johnston posted a fastest overall sector time to increase the lead to 1.8s and extend that lead to 2.7s at Cronk Ny Mona.
As the riders expected to enter gasoline alley for their allocated pitstop they were met instead with the chequered flag as race control righty called a halt to the race citing inclement weather as the cause.
So it was Johnston who sealed his maiden Isle Of Man TT victory by a margin of 3.64s and clicking a fastest lap of 126.87mph. Hillier was in second place with Peter Hickman in third.
The Fermanagh man, who was visibly overjoyed and emotional upon dismounting his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha R6 machine in parc fermé had this to say:
“I’m crying like a girl. This place is so weird. Everything just clicked. I knew if I could keep Peter in sight I’d do ok.
I could see the rain on my screen and visor but I just had to crack on. This means so much to me and the team. This is what we do it for, It’s something I have always wanted to do. There’s one person who isn’t here but I hope he’s looking down and smiling.”
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT TT RACE ONE RESULT
1 Lee Johnston
2 James Hillier
3 Peter Hickman
4 Dean Harrison
5 Michael Dunlop
6 Conor Cummins
7 Gary Johnson
8 Jamie Coward
9 Davey Todd
10 Ian Hutchinson
11 Derek Sheils
12 Paul Jordan
13 Dominic Herbertson
14 David Johnson
15 Michael Sweeney
16 Sam West
17 John McGuinness
18 Xavier Denis
19 Horst Saiger
20 Mike Browne
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BEN AND TOM BIRCHALL TAKE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SIDECAR TT RACE WIN IN NEW RACE RECORD
Ben and Tom Birchall took a dominant victory in Monday’s Locate.im Sidecar TT Race at the 2019 Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, as they swept to victory by 48.116s from John Holden/Lee Cain with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther completing the podium in third.
With a new race record of 57:24.005 (118.317mph), it was the sixth win in a row for the Birchall brothers and ninth in total as Tom became the most successful passenger in TT history bettering the previous best of eight wins he had jointly held with Rick Long and Dan Sayle.
The Birchalls set the pace through Glen Helen on the opening lap with their advantage over Holden/Cain some 4.1s as Pete Founds/Jevan Walmlsey slotted into third a further 5.8s in arrears. They were only 0.362s ahead of Founds/Lowther though as Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney rounded out the top six.
However, the race saw two big name retirements early on as Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes only got as far as the Bottom of Bray Hill with Dave Molyneux/Harry Payne not faring much better as they retired at Braddan Bridge.
By Ramsey, the Birchalls had increased their lead and the gap to Holden/Cain was now 8.7s but the battle for third was a lot closer and it was Founds/Lowther who were now in third just 0.588s ahead of Founds/Walmsley, the duo now almost 12 seconds adrift of Holden/Cain. Blackstock/Rosney had moved up to fifth with newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe running in a brilliant sixth place.
At the head of the field, an opening lap of 117.709mph gave the Birchalls a lead over Holden/Cain of 14.904s who were in turn more than 15 seconds clear of the battle for third that continued to rage. It was Founds/Lowther who continued to hold onto the final podium position though with the gap to Founds/Walmsley having increased slightly to 1.687s.
The big news came in fifth place though as the Crowe brothers lapped at 112.56mph to become the fastest sidecar newcomers ever, bettering the mark of 112.031mph set by Tim Reeves in 2008. Blackstock/Rosney slotted into sixth.
By Glen Helen on lap two, the Birchalls extended their lead further with their advantage over Holden/Cain now at a more than healthy 21.3s whilst Founds/Lowther remained in third albeit almost 18s in arrears. Pete Founds, Crowe and Blackstock continued to occupy fourth to sixth.
Throughout lap two, the Birchalls were on lap record pace and at Ramsey Hairpin they were over seven seconds inside their record from twelve months ago. However, the wind over the Mountain appeared to have slowed their progress although a lap of 119.129mph was only a second outside their outright lap record.
Holden/Cain lapped at 117.01mph to remain in third but Founds/Lowther and Founds/Walmsley both set personal best laps of the Mountain Course as they lapped at 116.22mph and 115.77mph respectively. The gap between the two was now 6.2s and although they remained in fifth, the Crowe brothers went quicker still second time around with a lap of 113.53mph.
On the third and final lap, the Birchalls continued to extend their lead through the timing points and they duly crossed the line at 118.12mph to win from Holden/Cain by 48.116s.
Founds/Lowther took their second TT podium, and first since 2016, as they edged out Founds/Walmsley by just 5.5s, the duo both lapping quicker than the previous lap at 116.37mph and 116.44mph respectively.
Ryan and Callum Crowe took a brilliant fifth place ahead of Blackstock/Rosney as Bryan/Hyde, Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle, Allan Schofield/Steve Thomas and the father and son pairing of Gary and Daryl Gibson completed the top ten.
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PETER HICKMAN WINS RED FLAGGED RST SUPERBIKE RACE AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Peter Hickman was declared winner of today’s RST Superbike TT following a red flag incident at Snugbourough.
As the race began it was Dean Harrison who took the lead at Glen Helen enjoying a 1.2s margin over Smiths Racing’s Hickman with James Hillier third quickest through the first timing sector. By Ramsey the gap had widened slightly to 1.4s and Manx rider Conor Cummins had leapfrogged Hillier into third place.
Harrison crossed the line to complete lap one and post the fastest lap of the week clocking 132.48mph from a standing start; the Silicone Engineering rider still maintaining that narrow lead over Hickman in second place, who managed a 132.34mph lap.
Cummins remained in third, with Hillier and Michael Dunlop making up the top five.
At Glen Helen on lap two there was no change in the top three with Harrison still leading but on the run to Ballaugh the Kawasaki mounted rider produced a stunning sector to increase his gap over Hickman to 4.8s. Not to be outdone, Hickman responded and as both men went through the Bungalow the gap was a mere 0.45s; setting up another nail-biting finish in prospect in scenes reminiscent of last year’s record breaking Senior TT.
As the leaders entered Gasoline Alley for their one and only pit-stop, Hickman had overhauled Harrison to take the lead in the race for the first time clocking a lap of 132.57mph on his BMW S1000RR.
However, following the red flag incident the decision was made to call the race a result, and as Hickman had crossed the line in the lead he was declared the winner and took his third TT victory around the mountain course.
“You never quite feel like you‘ve won a shortened race but I just want to whoever has been involved in the incident of be ok.
It’s been a tough week with lack of practice and following an issue with the Superbike yesterday we opted to run a Superstock / Superbike hybrid today and it worked really well. I’m happy for the team and for BMW.”
RST SUPERBIKE RESULT
1 Peter Hickman
2 Dean Harrison
3 Conor Cummins
4 James Hillier
5 Michael Rutter
6 Michael Dunlop
7 David Johnson
8 Jamie Coward
9 Gary Johnson
10 Davey Todd
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DAVID JOHNSON SETS THIRD FASTEST TIME IN TT SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING ON EVE OF FIRST DAY OF RACING AT ISLE OF MAN TT
It’s been a disruptive week on the Isle of Man for the 2019 TT races, with just two qualifying sessions going ahead in seven days.
The Honda Racing team with Ian Hutchinson and David Johnson have been patiently waiting for the sun to shine and today there was action again around the Mountain course, where Johnson set the third fastest time in the Superbike class, aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Since last Saturday (25 May) only three sessions have been held, one of them being the Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomer last Sunday. In Tuesday’s first scheduled session Johnson impressed with his pace and was amongst the quickest in the Superbike and Superstock class – a feat the Australian was able to repeat today with a third place in the Superbike qualifying, posting a time of 17:39.206 mins (128.236 mph). Johnson also was quick on the Honda CBR600RR, posting the ninth fastest time in the Supersport class.
Teammate Hutchinson suffered a crash in Tuesday’s practice session at the 11th Milestone – the 16-time TT winner was left uninjured after the fall. This afternoon ‘Hutchy’ went straight out on the Fireblade in the Superbike class, and ended the qualifying session aboard the CBR600RR strong; setting the sixth fastest time.
Tomorrow (Monday 3 June) will be the first race day of the 2019 TT races with the RST Superbike Race (4 laps) scheduled to go at 10:45, the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (4 laps) will follow and is scheduled to go ahead at 18:30 (all times local).
Ian Hutchinson 4
I guess I’m the only person who wanted the time off with the weather to give me time after the crash, but I also really need time on all three bikes. The team built a brand new Superbike which is very different to what we had before, so only having the two laps today before the race tomorrow is disappointing as we probably need some more time, but with the weather delays there's not much we can do. The CBR600RR is good and it was nice to get a feel back with the track although the conditions where far from perfect, fingers crossed for the race.
David Johnson 9
I actually didn’t feel fast today but the times back in the pits proved me wrong! It has been quite windy out there and coming on the Cronk-y-Voddy straight a guy had blown his engine directly in front of me and everything was covered in oil. Anyway, the Hondas are properly fast and I am feeling good out there, especially considering the small amount of practice time we have had this week. It would have been nice to get another lap or two, but if we are going to race tomorrow – no problem, I am looking forward to it and trying to give it my all.
Jonny Twelvetrees - Team Manager
It has been a really challenging week of practice, which has been far from ideal really. Conditions have been tough and also with Ian’s crash earlier in the week he could do with more time. But saying this you can always do with more time in racing. I'm happy for Davo, he has been going really well in the limited sessions we've had and setting the third fastest time on the Superbike is a great sign ahead of the races tomorrow! We are ready to go and looking forward to it, as I am sure all the fans are too who have been waiting patiently.
WEATHER CLEARS AND ACTION RECOMMENCES AT ISLE OF MAN TT AS CUMMINS TOPS SUPERBIKE TIMES: SUNDAY QUALIFYING REPORT
Having had the majority of the first week’s session nullified by poor weather conditions around the mountain course, organisers and competitors were hoping for a clear window to appear and after a short delay to allow roads to dry and the mist on the mountain to clear, the third session of this year’s TT got underway.
First out were the sidecars and it was the Silicone Barnes Racing Honda duo of John Holden and Lee Cain who set the pace and topped the timesheets with a lap of 114.99mph, an almost identical lap to their effort from Tuesday evening’s session.
The outright sidecar lap record holders Ben and Tom Birchall lapped at 114.93mph to finish second overall and set up what promises to be a great battle between the leading teams. Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley finished third overall with a lap of 114.40mph. Tuesday night’s sidecar sensations Ryan and Callum Crowe suffered misfortune as they stopped their Triumph machine at Snugborough.
When the solos set off roads were dry around the 37.73 mile course but over the mountain high winds were still present, but that didn’t do much to slow the leading riders down.
Manx rider Conor Cummins set the pace in the Superbike class onboard the Milenco by Padgetts Honda, clocking the quickest lap of the session at 128.92mph. Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison was second quickest at 128.29mph with Honda Racing’s David Johnson in third place posting a lap of 128.24mph. Michael Rutter (127.55mph) and Jamie Coward (127.22mph) rounded out the top five.
Michael Dunlop was a notable retirement on lap one of this afternoon’s session when he pulled his Tyco BMW Superbike in on the mountain section of the course resulting in the 18-time TT winner missing the remainder of the day’s action.
Peter Hickman was the man on the move in the Superstock class onboard the Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR. His opening lap of 128.50mph was good enough to top the timesheets but the outright lap record holder looked set to clock the quickest lap of the week on his second lap posting the fastest sector times to Ramsey and doing a 130mph lap from Bungalow to Bungalow. However he coasted across the line losing time and ended up with a lap of 126.82mph.
Conor Cummins was next quickest (127.17mph) with Gary Johnson in third spot (124.97mph). James Hillier (124.33mph) and Michael Rutter (123.53mph) rounded out the top five.
Today was a chance for the Supersport machines to get another airing and Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston proved to be the quickest rider as the Fermanagh man lapped his Yamaha R6 at 122.93mph displacing long time leader Gary Johnson who managed a 122.59 on his Triumph machine.
James Hillier (122.02mph) and Jamie Coward (121.33mph), both enjoying good showings this afternoon, finished in fourth and fifth place respectively as last year’s Supersport race 2 winner Dean Harrison (121.17mph) finished the session in fifth.
TT Zero machines finally managed to get out for their first taste of action at TT 2019 and last year’s race winner and class lap record holder Michael Rutter went quickest on the Mugen lapping at 117.16mph with Ian Lougher (95.36mph) in second place.
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RACING SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY ON MONDAY AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy with roads closing at 9:15am.
First up is the RST Superbike Race which is set to begin at 10:45 and will be reduced from the usual six laps to four. Following the Superbike TT will be the first of two three lap Locate.im Sidecar races. There will then be two laps of Lightweight qualifying and one lap of TT Zero qualifying.
A period of roads opening (16:50-18:00) will follow before roads close to allow the running of the first of two four lap Monster Energy Supersport races. Roads will then reopen at 21:15.
The full schedule for Monday 3 June is as follows:
- 09.15: Mountain Course closed Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow
- 09:30: Mountain Course closed Bungalow to Creg ny Baa
- 10.00: Rest of the TT Course closed
- 10.45: RST Superbike Race (4 laps)
- 13.00: Locate.im Sidecar TT Race (3 laps)
- 15.00: Lightweight qualifying (2 laps)
- 15.55: TT Zero qualifying (1 lap)
- 16.50: All roads open except Mountain section (Barrule Park to Cronk Ny Mona)
- 18.00: All roads closed around Course
- 18.30: Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (4 laps)
- 20.15: Roads open except Mountain section
- 21.15: All roads open around the Course
Photos by RCphotos
FRUSTRATION AT ISLE OF MAN TT AS QUALIFYING IS BESET BY WEATHER ISSUES
Saturday June 1st 2019
Action at the Isle of Man TT continues to be plagued by poor weather conditions as today’s two practice sessions were axed.
After cancelling this afternoon’s session, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson made the announcement shortly after 4pm that this evening’s session would also be scrapped.
“Thanks for your patience, it has been a frustrating day but given the current conditions on the Mountain, I don’t think things are going to improve in time for tonight’s session, therefore tonight is cancelled and we’ll try again tomorrow. Total and utter frustration.”
Tomorrow’s session is due to run throughout the afternoon with rain forecast for tomorrow morning but expected to clear as the day moves along.
Isle Of Man TT schedule for Sunday, 2 June:
- 12.00: Barrule Park Ramsey to Bungalow closed
- 12.15: Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa closed
- 12.45: All roads closed
- 13.30: Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) qualifying
- 14.30: Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) qualifying
- 15.35: Sidecar qualifying (2 laps)
- 16.15: Superbike/Superstock/Supersport qualifying
- 16.40: TT Zero qualifying
- 17.30: Roads open except Mountain
- 18.00: All roads open around the course
CASTLETOWN COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
The Derek Nicholson Trophy is in memory of former Southern 100 Club President, who was a great and respected man with an amazing sense of community spirit for which he worked tirelessly to help and improve.
His passion was the Scouts and Derek used to help the Donnycarney Scout group who visited regularly from Ireland, he would arrange for them to buy food at wholesale prices, source wood for their campfires and even donated a trophy for scout of the year, this is the mark of a man who gave so much back to the community and so gave Southern 100 club member Boris Kitching the idea for the Derek Nicholson Community Spirit Award.
The club, joined by Castletown Commissioners purchased the Trophy and replica, which was presented ‘For Services to Castletown’ to David Collister.
The Presentation took place in Castletown Square on the town’s TT Day and was presented to a very surprised David, who had been led to believe that his wife was presenting an award, to ensure his presence in the Square, by Colin Leather, representing Derek’s daughter Vanda Nicholson, who was unable to attend and Southern 100 Chairman George Peach.
Dave has a long history of giving back to the town, where he has lived most of his life and taking an active part in the community, playing football and Hockey becoming a popular character around the ancient capital.
A volunteer Fireman with the Castletown Brigade for 35 years and was also in the Civil Defence.
He has been a long time Southern 100 Marshal, 55 years marshalling at Iron Gate, then Castletown Corner and has been radio operator.
He has been part of the Manx Festival of Music & Dancing which was based in Castletown. He is also a local historian, with special interest in Castletown & Castletown Brewery where he worked for 23 years, he does regular talks and slide shows on these subjects he also has a huge collection of Brewery paraphernalia and memorabilia.
But it’s his charity work he’s most famous for as a member of Castletown Ale Drinkers and a founding member of the World Tin Bath Championships which is in its 48th year this year and the Original, New Year’s Day dip which will be 56 in 2020.
The CADS have raised more than £300,000 pounds for local charities, he is the face and voice of the World Tin Baths and has done many TV and Radio interviews not only in the UK but around the World.
Dave has given his time to many things including making 3 trips from the Isle of Man to Romania taking Manx government donated fire engines and training their crews how to use them is one of his proudest.
He is an amazing ambassador for Castletown and his native Island and there is no worthier first recipient of the Derek Nicholson Trophy than David Collister.