Bruce Anstey storms to Classic TT Lightweight victory

Back in 2002 Bruce Anstey won the last 250 two strokes race held at the TT and, rather appropriately, he has won this year’s event following an absence of the class for 14 years.

The Kiwi rider broke the lap record on the way to his victory, beating Ian Lougher and Phil Harvey. He led the field away from the number one plate and was leading by nearly two seconds at Glen Helen over Lougher, who had started second. Ryan Kneen was running third before an early retirement. Anstey cranked it up over the lap and was leading by nearly 17 seconds at the end of the first lap.

John McGuinness’ longstanding Lightweight record was broken on the second lap when Anstey recorded 118.744mph. He continue to increase his lead to Lougher which stood at 25 seconds at Glen Helen, 40 seconds at the Bungalow, and 43 seconds by the end of the lap. Anstey, Lougher, and Harvey – the top three – all pitted at the end of lap two.

By the third lap Anstey had pulled over a minute on Lougher, with Harvey continuing a minute behind Lougher in third. The Padgetts Racing rider backed off the pace on the last lap, his gap to Lougher starting at 1:09.346 at Glen Helen. He increased that by five tenths on the run to Ballaugh but then the gap marginally came down. By the Bungalow it was 1:08 and it ended at 1:04.409 as they crossed the line.

Harvey was nearly two and a half minutes down on Lougher but finished in third place ahead of Paul Owen and Charles Rhys Hardistry. Gary Vines, Chris Barratt, Michael Sweeney, Steven Howard and Nick Anderson completed the top ten. Non starters included Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter, with Davy Morgan amongst the retirements from the race.

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