Classic TT: Anstey takes Lightweight win

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It was a historic victory for Bruce Anstey and Valvoline Padgetts Racing in the inaugural Lightweight Classic TT as he piloted his Honda 250 to glory ahead of veteran Ian Lougher.

Anstey’s fastest lap of 118.774mph topped the official 250cc lap record originally held by John McGuinness to clinch victory in the second race of yesterday’s schedule, making him the fastest man ever around the TT course on both 250cc and 500cc two stroke machines.


The Flying Kiwi was immediately on the pace to lead by two seconds at Glen Helen on the first lap, a lead he stretched out to over a minute by the end of the race. Lougher was secure in second, finishing two minutes ahead of third-placed Phil Harvey. 

Paul Owen took fourth on the Honda 250 ahead of Charles Rhys Haridsty in fifth. Gary Vines completed the top six. 

Chris Barratt finished seventh ahead of Michael Sweeney with Steven Howard and Nick Anderson completing the top ten.  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing