Poor weather conditions have meant that Saturday and Monday’s TT practice sessions have been cancelled, but racing has continued at Billown for the Pre-TT Classic. James Cowton and Jamie Coward were amongst the race winners at this year’s event.
Practice for the race event took place on Friday and Saturday with the first race – Single Cylinder – being held on Saturday afternoon. Rich Hawkins finished over eight seconds clear of Bob Owen in the race, with Meredydd Owen completing the podium finishers. In the first sidecar race – after Friday night’s was cancelled due to oil on track – it was the Vince Biggs and Vicky Cooke partnership who won, beating off competition from Rod Bellas & Danny Quirk in second with Mike Bellaby & Dave Gristwood third.
In the Lightweight class Mike Hose took a victory of just over a second and a half from Brian Mateer and Jeff Ward. Dave Edwards and Barry Davidson were fourth and fifth respectively. Steve Ferguson won the Senior 500cc race, beating Davidson and Bill Swallow.
Cowton’s Pre-TT Classic win came in the Junior Superbike class as he beat Davidson and Gary Vines. Tom Snow and Neil Chadwick were fourth and fifth in the race. Swallow backed up his Senior podium with victory in the 850cc race as he beat Ferguson and Dominic Herbertson. Iain Robertson celebrated a win in the Support race with a win over Jeff Ward and Stephen Boyes.
The 350cc Junior race saw Hose do the double following his win in the Lightweight race – drawing him level with Bob Heath and Bill Swallow’s record of 15 wins at the event. Alan Oversby was second ahead of Davidson, Ferguson and Hefyn Owen. Coward – who won three races at last year’s event and started on pole position – had a difficult day with a number of bike issues and retirements but came good in the Senior race. He comfortably beat Hose and Dennis Booth.
In the Open Sidecar race Biggs & Cooke beat Dave Molyneux & Dan Sayle. Bellas & Quirk were third in the race.