Michael Dunlop adds Junior Classic race to TT win tally

After missing the Senior race on Saturday, Michael Dunlop has won the Junior race at this year’s Classic TT riding an MV Agusta.

It was a battle between Dunlop and Michael Rutter for the race victory with the former pitting while the latter did not have to. Dan Cooper was first away with Rutter leaving third and Dunlop fourth – Olie Linsdell was a non starter meaning everyone else shuffled up on.

It was Dunlop with the lead at Glen Helen by seven seconds over Rutter. Jamie Coward was third with Alan Oversby fourth and James Cowton fifth. Cowton became an early retirement, as did William Dunlop, allowing Cameron Donald to move into fifth at Ballaugh. The gap between the top two continued to rise and fall with Dunlop’s lead 10.8 at Ballaugh, 10.4 at Ramsey, 11.4 at the Bungalow, 11.9 at Cronk ny Mona and 10.9 by the end of the first lap. Coward ended lap one third ahead of Oversby, Donald, David Madsen-Mygdal, Danny Webb, Dan Cooper, Alex Sinclair and Philip McGurk.

The gap remained around 11 seconds at the start of the second lap but dropped when Dunlop slowed for the pits. Rutter started the third lap 35 seconds clear of Dunlop, with Coward 14 seconds behind the Ballymoney man in third. Dunlop didn’t hang about and closed the gap to 28 seconds at Ballaugh. It continued to drop and stood at 13 seconds at the end of the penultimate lap.

Dunlop had the lead back by Ballaugh on the following lap and it only continued to rise, finishing at 10 seconds as they crossed the line.

Elsewhere Coward retired during the third lap allowing Oversby into third. Donald finished fourth with Cooper fifth, Webb sixth, and Sinclair seventh. McGurk finished eighth with Madsen-Mygal eventually ninth and Bill Swallow tenth. Joining Coward on the sidelines were Peter Boast, James Cowton, Dean Harrison, and Alan Bud Jackson amongst others.

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