Michael Dunlop doubles up with Superbike win

Following his Junior race win earlier in the day, Michael Dunlop was back in the winner’s enclosure following the Superbike race at the Classic TT.

At the end of the first lap Dunlop’s lead on his Suzuki was seven seconds over Dean Harrison in second with James Hillier third. The gap increased to 10 seconds by Glen Helen on the second lap, with Harrison sitting 4.8 seconds in front of Hillier on corrected time. Dunlop’s lead increased to 13 seconds by Ballaugh, 15 seconds at Ramsey, 17 seconds at the Bungalow and 18 seconds by Cronk ny Mona. By the end of the second lap Dunlop was 18 seconds clear with Harrison eight seconds ahead of Hillier.

Dunlop pitted at the end of the second lap and broke Bruce Anstey’s Classic TT lap record of 126.261mph with 126.808mph. By the start of the third lap Dunlop’s lead was down to 2.369 seconds but increased over the course of the third and fourth laps.

The Ballymoney man’s eventual gap over the line was 15.697 seconds with Hillier 16 seconds behind Harrison in third. Michael Rutter was fourth ahead of Jamie Coward, Horst Saiger, William Dunlop and Conor Cummins. Gary Johnson and Danny Webb rounded out the top ten finishers. In 11th was Alexander Pickett – the leading privateer – with Timothee Monot 12th, Kiaran Hankin 13th, Ryan Kneen 14th and David Hewson 15th.

Several hours after the conclusion of the race a statement was released stating that “four machines have been disqualified from the final result due to technical infringements”. The four Kawasaki riders disqualified from the race were Harrison, Hillier, Coward and Saiger. This meant Rutter and William Dunlop were promoted to the podium.

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.

2016: Classic TT – Superbike Start List

The start list for the Superbike race at the Classic TT is as follows:

  1. Steve Mercer
  2. James Hillier
  3. Michael Dunlop
  4. Michael Rutter
  5. Bruce Anstey
  6. Dan Kneen
  7. Gary Johnson
  8. Ivan Lintin
  9. Jamie Coward
  10. Daniel Hegarty
  11. Horst Saiger
  12. Dean Harrison
  13. Danny Webb
  14. Dan Cooper
  15. Conor Cummins
  16. Dan Stewart
  17. No Starter
  18. Kiaran Hankin
  19. John Barton
  20. Nick Jeffries
  21. David Madsen-Mygdal
  22. No Starter
  23. Olie Linsdell
  24. Ben Wylie
  25. David Sellers
  26. No Starter
  27. No Starter
  28. David Hewson
  29. Ben Rea
  30. Timothee Monot
  31. Mark Parrett
  32. No Starter
  33. Dennis Booth
  34. Ryan Kneen
  35. Matthew Rees
  36. Paul Owen
  37. Richard Wilson
  38. Adrian Harrison
  39. No Starter
  40. Paul Duckett
  41. Alexander Pickett
  42. Andy Lovett
  43. No Starter
  44. Scott Wilson
  45. Gavin Lupton
  46. No Starter
  47. Neal Champion
  48. No Starter
  49. Chris Petty
  50. Paul Wilson
  51. Graham Ward
  52. James Ford
  53. No Starter
  54. Mark Purslow
  55. Alun Thomas
  56. Jack Hunter
  57. Michael Hand
  58. Alec Whitwell
  59. Nigel Rea
  60. Alan Bud Jackson
  61. Wayne Axon
  62. Ian Gardner
  63. Gaz Evans
  64. Martin Harrison
  65. No Starter
  66. No Starter
  67. James Caswell
  68. No Starter
  69. Colin Croft
  70. Peter Creer
  71. Andy Lee
  72. Richard Lambourne
  73. Bob Farrington
  74. Grant Dalton
  75. Anthony Stock
  76. Steven Dobbie

Nico Rosberg avoids chaos to win Belgian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg saw Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead cut to just nine points by winning the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton started from the back of the grid after a number of engine penalties but was able to take advantage of a safety car and red flag period to secure a podium finish. He finished behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

The start of the race was chaotic with a number of drivers getting themselves into difficulty. Max Verstappen – who started alongside Rosberg on the front row of the grid- bogged down at the start and as a result lost out to Kimi Raikkonen. Verstappen tried a move up the inside at the first corner but Sebastian Vettel squeezed the pair resulting in contact. Both Ferraris dropped to the back of the pack while Vetstappen picked up damage which Christian Horner suggested cost him 1.5 seconds a lap.

Elsewhere Carlos Sainz picked up an early puncture and as the tyre delaminated it got caught in his rear wing, causing damage and the car to spin. Pascal Wehrlein and Jenson Button were also casualties of the first lap as the Manor driver drove into the back of the McLaren. Marcus Ericsson started from the pit-lane but was forced to retire after just three laps following a gearbox failure.

The safety car was brought out following a huge shunt for Kevin Magnussen on the fifth lap. He lost control of his car at the top of Eau Rouge and the impact was such that his headrest came free from the car. Thankfully Magnussen was able to get out of the car unaided, however with a limp. After a trip to the medical centre and a local hospital Magnussen tweeted that he had a cut on his ankle but expected to be able to race in Monza.

A red flag was eventually brought out after about ten laps behind the safety car to allow marshals to properly fix the damaged barrier. The red flag stoppage benefited Fernando Alonso and Hamilton as they stayed out while most ahead of them pitted. This left Alonso fourth and Hamilton fifth, due to the McLaren driver having got ahead of the Mercedes at the start and leading him for the duration of the race so far.

When the race was restarted Rosberg was once again unchallenged at the front and he was able to drive his own race and win by 14 seconds. Ricciardo was second with Hamilton 27 seconds off his team-mate in third. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were fourth and fifth for Force India meaning that they have now moved into fourth in the championship ahead of Williams. Vettel fought back to sixth and finished ahead of Alonso, who showed some good pace to stay ahead of the Williams duo. Raikkonen split the Williams after passing Felipe Massa, having had spirited battles with Verstappen throughout the race.

Verstappen missed out on a points finish after finishing 11th. He was visibly aggrieved by the incident, driving aggressively against Raikkonen. The Finn at one stage came onto team radio to suggest that Verstappen’s “only interest” was running him off the track. One incident saw Raikkonen having to back right off on the Kemmel straight after a last minute change of position for Verstappen. Esteban Gutierrez finished 12th ahead of Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer. Rookie Esteban Ocon finished 16th on his debut ahead of Felipe Nasr.

There is a quick turnaround with the Italian Grand Prix taking place this weekend.

2016: Classic TT – Junior Start List

The start list for the Junior race at the Classic TT is as follows:

  1. Dan Cooper
  2. Olie Linsdell
  3. Cameron Donald
  4. Michael Rutter
  5. Michael Dunlop
  6. William Dunlop
  7. Philip McGurk
  8. Alan Oversby
  9. Jamie Coward
  10. Chris McGahan
  11. James Cowton
  12. Dean Harrison
  13. No Starter
  14. Peter Boast
  15. Danny Webb
  16. Hefyn Owen
  17. Mark Herbertson
  18. Alex Sinclair
  19. David Madsen-Mygdal
  20. Chris Petty
  21. Richard Wilson
  22. Daniel Hegarty
  23. Adrian Harrison
  24. Ewan Hamilton
  25. Steve Ferguson
  26. Alec Whitwell
  27. Dave Matravers
  28. Allan Brew
  29. No Starter
  30. Nick Jeffries
  31. Bill Swallow
  32. No Starter
  33. No Starter
  34. Geoff Bates
  35. No Starter
  36. Keith Dixon
  37. No Starter
  38. Dave Edwards
  39. No Starter
  40. Meredydd Owen
  41. No Starter
  42. David Hastings
  43. Bob Owen
  44. Arthur Browning
  45. Lancelot Unissart
  46. Bruno Leroy
  47. Dave Moffitt
  48. Mark Purslow
  49. Brian Cooper
  50. Maria Costello
  51. Jack Hunter
  52. No Starter
  53. Derek Wilson
  54. Grant Sellars
  55. No Starter
  56. No Starter
  57. Alan Bud Jackson
  58. Jimmy Creer
  59. Christopher Bray
  60. No Starter
  61. Sam Johnson
  62. Jason Markham
  63. Tony Tuttle
  64. Jeff Smith
  65. Edward Poole
  66. Mick Moreton
  67. Roy Phipps
  68. Billy Cummins
  69. Neil Watson
  70. Jaeson Caunce
  71. Ian Michael Thompson
  72. No Starter
  73. Paul Matravers
  74. Arthur Jones
  75. Bob Simmons
  76. Andy Wilson
  77. No Starter
  78. No Starter
  79. No Starter
  80. No Starter
  81. Phil Woodall
  82. Rod Graham
  83. No Starter
  84. Karl Fox

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.

F1 2016: Belgian GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:46.744
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:46.893
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:46.910
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:47.108
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:47.216
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:47.407
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:47.543
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:47.612
  9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:48.114
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:48.263
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:48.316
  12. Kevin Magnussen РRenault  Р1:48.485
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:48.598
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:48.888
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:49.038
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – 1:49.320
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:48.949
  18. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:49.050
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:49.058
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:49.071
  21. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:50.033
  22. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – No Time Set

Laps

  1. Jenson Button – McLaren – 15
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 13
  4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 12
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 12
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 12
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams- 12
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 12
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 12
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 12
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 12
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 12
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 11
  16. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9
  17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 6
  18. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 6
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 6
  20. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 4
  21. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1