The Senior GP was been delayed by an hour due to a dog loose at Kirk Michael. Barney the Spaniel is unfortunately on the outside of the course, but lives on the inside, so the danger is that the hound might cross the track to return home.
The race eventually got under way, and was won by Paul Duckett in a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 37 seconds, which included a record 18m 59second absolute lap record at 119.256mph.
Duckett was followed home by Ian Pattinson, Liam Quinn, Dean Silvester and Craig Atkinson. Early leader Philip Gilder retired on lap two at Sulby Bridge.
Round-up of the action:
The racing at the Manx GP is underway this week, with the 80th anniversary event ending with the Lightweight/Ultra-Lightweight race on Friday, August 29.
The first race of the week was Monday’s Newcomers, which was won by Ian Hutchinson in a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 29 seconds over, four-laps.
The Class A results were Hutchinson, Ralph, Donaldson, Burrows, Vernon and Oates. Class B were Burns, McCay, Roberts, Dranfield, Hall, and the top five in Class C were Sturrock, Vogl, Tonge, Sells, Woods.
Next up was the Senior Classic, won by Bill Swallow on a Dick Linton Aermacchi, with a time of 1 hr, 26 minutes and 47 seconds. Second was John Loder on a Seeley, and third was John Goodall on a Matchless. The top five were Swallow, Loder, Goodall, Brew and Whalley.
Wednesday’s races were the Junior Lightweight Classic race and Junior Manx GP.
The Junior Manx GP was won by Philip Gilder in 58 minutes and 19 seconds. The top five were Gilder, Pattinson, Silvester, McCrea and Clucas.
The Junior/Lightweight also took place, with Jason Griffiths winning the Junior class in 1 hour, 29 minutes and 12 seconds. The order was Griffiths, Swallow, Snow, Price and Goodall. Meanwhile the Lightweight belonged to Roy Richardson, followed by Wood, Hamilton, Strowger and Smith.
Meanwhile, Tuesday night saw a Steve Hislop tribute night take place at the Summerland venue, which included a tribute video, the first ‘Indoor’ display by the Purple Helmets, and a forum, which included Neil Hodgson, Rihcard ‘Milky’ Quayle, Steve Colley, David Knight, Dougie Lampkin and Jason Griffiths. They were also joined by 250cc GP star Roberto Rolfo, who had earlier taken in a lap of the course on a 250 GP bike.
Money raised from the event, which included a charity auction, will provide for a memorial in Hislop’s hometown of Hawick, Scotland, and another on the Isle of Man. Any surplus funds raised will be handed to the Isle of Man Helicopter Fund.
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