Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop were amongst the winners at this year’s Classic TT.
The event – which took place during the last week in August ahead – featured a strong line-up of riders including the likes of John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Conor Cummins, Lee Johnston, and William Dunlop. Practice and qualifying sessions were interrupted by difficult weather conditions and red flags throughout the week. Racing took place on Saturday and Monday.
Harrison took the win in the opening race of the meeting riding an MV Agusta in the 500cc class. He was 26 seconds clear of Ian Lougher who picked up a 30 second penalty for an infringement in the pit-lane. Johnston was third ahead of Jamie Coward, Chris Swallow, Keith Amor, David Madsen-Mygdal, Ivan Lintin, Wattie Brown, and Philip McGurk. High profile retirements from the race included the fastest qualifier McGuinness along with team-mate Ryan Farquhar. Michael Dunlop also retired after running in the top five.
It was Rutter who stood on the top step of the podium for the 350cc race, following a lengthy delay and shortened race distance. Communication issues resulted in the race start being delayed and as a result the race was reduced to three laps. Dan Cooper was comfortably leading going into the final lap but he retired meaning Rutter was promoted to first. He was over two minutes clear of second placed rider McGurk with Doug Snow in third. There were a number of retirements including William Dunlop, Johnston, Amor and Swallow. 500cc winner Harrison withdrew before the start of the race. Madsen-Mygdal and James Hillier were fourth and fifth ahead of Mark Herbertson, Stephen Harper, Ewan Hamilton, Dave Matravers, and Alec Whitwell.
The third and final race of the meeting was the Formula 1 and Formula 2 race. The Formula 1 race was hotly contested with Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop going head-to-head. Anstey was black flagged due to a loose exhaust resulting in him losing a lot of time in the pit-lane as the Padgetts team worked to fix the issue. He eventually fought back to finish in second place just two seconds clear of Farquhar, with Dunlop winning the race. Hillier finished fourth with David Johnson fifth and Coward sixth. Johnston, Gary Johnson, Dan Kneen and Rutter completed the top ten. William Dunlop, Harrison, and Peter Hickman retired from the race. In the Formula 2 class it was Ryan Kneen who comfortably won beating James Cowton and Charles Rhys Hardistry. Chris Moore, David Hewson, Shaun Anderson, Tom Snow, Steven Howard, Nick Anderson and Adrian Morris were the top ten finishers.