Ivan Lintin takes first TT victory with Lightweight win

Ivan Lintin has taken his first Isle of Man TT victory with a win in the Lightweight race.

James Hillier had another fast start and passed the first rider away – Gary Johnson – on the road, taking the early race lead. He led Lintin by 1.5 seconds at Glen Helen, with Ryan Farquhar in third. The gap was reduced to 1.1 seconds by Lintin on the run to Ballaugh.

At the end of lap one the leading trio pitted, as did Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson. Jamie Hamilton, – who had struggled to pull away at the start – Michael Russell, and Derek McGee continued to go on to pit at the end of the second lap. As a result Hamilton took the lead of the race for Glen Helen but Lintin was back in front on corrected time by Ballaugh. Hillier got back into second place with Hamilton dropping to third.

By the start of the third and final lap Lintin’s lead was 3.9 seconds over Hillier with Lee Johnston in third, following Ryan Farquhar’s retirement at Cronk-y-Voddy. Farquhar had also picked up a 30 second penalty for exceeding the pit-lane speed limit. Lintin’s lead increased through the lap and the top four all beat the previous lap record – with Hillier going fastest of all with a 120.848mph.

Eventually Lintin crossed the line to take his first ever Isle of Man TT victory, nearly four seconds clear of Hillier. Rutter completed the rostrum positions while James Cowton came home in fourth place. Hamilton found back to fifth following his sluggish start and different pit strategy with Daniel Cooper and Michael Russell in sixth and seventh. Mark Miller, Connor Behan and Danny Webb completed the top ten with newcomer Derek McGee in eleventh. Amongst the retirements were Adam Child, Johnson, Johnston, and Shaun Anderson.


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