Manx GP, Classic TT Time Trials Continue
ISLE OF MAN – Tuesday’s qualifying session for the IMGold Manx Grand Prix featured quick laps and excellent driving conditions.
Rob Hodson continued his fine form from the previous evening to post the fastest SuperTwin lap (109.251) from Gary Gittins (108.575) and James Neesom (108.481). Dean Osborne (104.537 and 104.366) posted the fastest two newcomer B laps with Eddie Venn also posting a pair of 100+mph laps (102.839 and 101.263).
Seven riders posted laps of over 100mph in the Lightweight session with the Isle of Man’s Adam Jones (101.807) the fastest from Ireland’s Mick Jordan (101.794) and Rikki McGovern (101.518).
In the second session, Scotland’s Andy Lawson ran the fastest lap of the evening (116.332) on the Kawasaki that he’ll race in the Senior Manx Grand Prix while Andrew Soar (114.128) and Paul Smyth (113.068) also showed speed.
Hodson also topped the Junior leader board with a lap of 116.144 from James Neesom (114.095) and Stephen Harper (112.762) while Shane Egan in the Newcomers A again showed that he’d be the man to beat with 111.836. Billy Redmayne (110.893) and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (110.494) also posted quick laps, building on their performances from the previous night and already signalling that this year’s Newcomers A Race, which is scheduled to take place on Aug. 25, is likely to be competitive.
Barry Furber (Quarterbridge), Dave Matravers (Sulby) and James Buckett (Braddan Bridge) were all reported OK after accidents during the session while Stephen Carr was taken by ambulance to Nobles Hospital with a possible ankle injury.
Jamie Hamilton, a late replacement for Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle Racing MV, was first away for Classic TT qualifying and was followed off the line by Bruce Anstey on the McIntosh Norton and the illustrious pairing of John McGuinness on the Team Winfield Paton and Michael Dunlop riding the Molnar Manx Norton.
The Patons were quick. Ian Lougher on the Flitwick Motorcycles machine, was quickest to Glen Helen in the opening lap of the 500’s session but McGuinness was fastest back to the grandstand, with an opening lap with 109.846, which he followed with a second lap of 109.454. The Welsh veteran Lougher split the Team Winfield riders with his opening lap of 109.282 from Ryan Farquhar who clocked 108.767.
Hamilton (107.327) was just ahead of the Molnar Manx pair Dunlop (106.431) and Dan Cooper (105.896). Other notable performers included Michael Rutter, who completed his first Classic TT lap on the Seeley Matchless G50 with 102.114 and last year’s 500 race winner Olie Linsdell, this year campaigning a 72 Enfield Seeley who was timed at 101.100. With many of the riders opting not to go out for a second lap, McGuinness’s opening lap was the fastest of the 500’s session.
In the 350’s session experienced campaigner Alan Oversby, riding the ’72 Honda was the only rider over 100mph (102.707), three seconds off the lap record, from Conor Behan (99.842) and William Dunlop (99.756).