Dunlop Soars To Record Breaking Victory
ISLE OF MAN – Michael Dunlop shattered his old Formula 1 record of 118.186 mph, which he set in the 2010 Manx Grand Prix, on his way to victory, en route to victory during Monday’s Classic TT races on the Isle of Man.
In the concurrent Formula 2 Class Chris Palmer took his second win of the day while in the Formula Classic Class Dean Harrison, who achieved his first mountain course podium at this year’s TT, topped the board for his maiden Mountain Course victory with a narrow victory in the Formula Classic Class.
Before the race, Clerk of the course Phil Taubman reported that roads were dry all around the course for the final race of the 2013 Classic TT presented by Bennetts.
James Hillier, as he did with this year’s TT Races, had the honor of the number one draw on the CSC Racing Honda, with Steve Mercer on the Yamaha Classic Racing Team bike starting ten seconds behind with pre-race favourite Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki third away.
As expected Michael Dunlop was first to Glen Helen, nine seconds ahead of Team Classic Suzuki Teammate Conor Cummins with Gary Johnson on the Team Winfield Harris a couple of seconds further back on the Manx rider.
Dunlop was quickest on the opening lap, posting his record-breaking lap, leaving Cummins over thirty seconds behind with Gary Johnson holding third and Mercer and Manxman Ryan Kneen on the DMR Yamaha, with opening laps of 19:11.930 (117.913) and 19:12.45 (117.860) respectively, completed the top five.
Dunlop’s second lap (18:22.531, 123.196) slowing down for the pits, saw him establish a lead of almost a minute from Cummins (18:44.258/120.815) with Mercer holding third a further thirty seconds back. With Gary Johnson dropping down the field, Ryan Kneen moved up to fourth and with Coward and Johnson retiring at Glen Helen and Crosby respectively, John Barton on the wemoto.com Kawasaki moved into the top five.
Dunlop kept his minute lead over Cummins on the third lap with Ryan Kneen moving into third place at Mercer’s expense. Mercer’s challenge for a podium spot came to an end when he slid off at Ramsey Hairpin but the Kent man was reported as okay.