Cowton and Coward win at Post TT races

James Cowton and Jamie Coward shared the spoils at the Post TT races at Billown.

First up was the CuPlas Callow 600cc race which was won by Cowton. He set a new lap record for the class – 2:20.775 – on his way to a seven tenths victory over Coward. Robert Wilson completed the podium finishers in third place.

2017 TT Newcomer Joey Thompson took fourth place beating Glenn Harrison, Brendan Fargher, Richard Charlton and Dean Osborne. Anthony Redmond and Jamie Williams rounded out the top ten finishers.

Cowton then doubled up with a win in the 250/650cc race. It was a more significant margin of victory in this race when he crossed the line over 18 seconds ahead of second placed finisher Dave Moffitt. Jonathan Perry finished in third place with Redmond fourth, Dave Quine fifth and Darren Cooper sixth. Matt Mylchreest finished the race seventh ahead of Rikki McGovern, Radley Hughes, and Stephen Ault.

It was advantage Coward in the Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc race as he beat Cowton. He too set a new lap record – 2:16.506 – beating Cowton by 8.7 seconds. William Dunlop got on the podium in third place. Ryan Kneen was fourth ahead of Mark Goodings, Wilson, Thompson, Osborne and Fargher. Richard Charlton was tenth with Jamie Williams 11th, Stephen Smith 12th, Peter Wilkinson 13th, and Billy Mellor 14th. Brian Clark and Kevin Barsby rounded out the finishers.

Two out of two for Birchall brothers in Sidecar class

Ben and Tom Birchall backed up their victory in the first Sidecar race at this year’s TT with a win in the second.

The Birchall brothers took the lead by Glen Helen and didn’t look back eventually beating John Holden & Lee Cain by 26 seconds. Conrad Harrison and Holden’s former passenger Andy Winkle took the final podium position in third place.

Lewis Blackstock along with passenger Patrick Rosney finished the race in fourth place ahead of Karl Bennett & Maxime Vasseur. Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Holden finished the race in sixth place with Robert Handcock & Ken Edwards seventh. Gregory Lambert & Julie Canipa were eighth, Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers ninth, and Gary Knight & Daniel Evanson tenth.

The action was delayed due to weather conditions and there were some damp patches around the circuit. The pace was not quite as fast as the Birchall’s record breaking speeds in the first race, however it was not far off. Dave Molyneux & Dan Sayle, Peter Founds & Jevan Walmsley, and Estelle Leblond & Melanie Farrier were amongst the retirements from the race.

Michael Dunlop storms to Senior TT win

Michael Dunlop has notched up his 15th Isle of Man TT victory with a convincing with in the Senior TT.

The race was red flagged on the second lap and re-run over a four lap distance. Dunlop was able to use the stoppage to fix a problem at the rear of his bike and stormed to a 14 second victory over Peter Hickman. It was Hickman’s fifth podium of the week – from five race starts – and the second place gave him enough points to secure the Joey Dunlop TT Championship. Dean Harrison ended the race in third place for his second podium of the week.

James Hillier ended the race in fourth place just tenths of a second clear of Michael Rutter in fifth. The Norton pair of Josh Brookes and David Johnson finished sixth and seventh respectively ahead of local rider Conor Cummins. Martin Jessopp ended the race in ninth place with William Dunlop rounding out the top ten.

Outside the top ten were Jamie Coward, Dan Kneen, and Daley Mathison in 11th, 12th and 13th while Daniel Hegarty finished 14th. James Cowton ended the race in 15th ahead of Gary Johnson and Philip Crowe. Horst Saiger was 18th despite high siding at Gooseneck on lap one of the original race. Shaun Anderson and Dominic Herbertson rounded out the top 20 finishers.

Retirements from the race included Jim Hodson, Davy Morgan, Anthony Redmond, Steve Mercer and Ivan Lintin. Bruce Anstey was a retirement at the end of the second lap having been running in a podium position. The first running of the Senior was red flagged following an incident involving Ian Hutchinson at the 27th Milestone. He was airmed to Nobles conscious and was later reported to have fractured his femur.

Michael Rutter rides Paton to Lightweight victory

Michael Rutter has won the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT, riding a Paton. He held off stiff competition from Martin Jessopp to take the win – his fifth at the TT.

Peter Hickman completed his 100% 2017 TT podium run by finishing third following his podiums in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock races.

Ivan Lintin finished the race in fourth place ahead of Daniel Cooper, Josh Brookes and Michael Dunlop. James Cowton finished the race in eighth place beating Michael Sweeney and Jamie Hodson. Barry Furber was 11th finishing ahead of Timothee Monot, Xavier Denis, Craig Neve and Callum Laidlaw. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Rob Hodson, John Barton, Maria Costello, newcomer Paul Jordan and Dave Moffitt.

Rutter took the race lead early on – leading team-mate Stefano Bonetti at Glen Helen – and he increased his lead lap on lap. The advantage over Bonetti by the end of lap one was nearly four and a half seconds. Bonetti became a retirement from the race on lap two with Jessopp moving into second place. Ivan Lintin was running in third before a slow pit stop dropped him down to fourth. Rutter’s advantage at the end of the race was nearly ten seconds. It was his first TT victory since 2013 – when he won the TT Zero race – and it backed up his Supertwin win at the North West 200.


16 TT wins for Ian Hutchinson following Superstock victory

Ian Hutchinson has notched up his 16th Isle of Man TT victory – and his second at this year’s event – with a win in the Superstock race.

The Tyco BMW man put in a dominating performance to finish over 20 seconds clear of Peter Hickman. It was Hickman’s third podium of the week following his top three results in the Superbike and Supersport classes. There was also a debut TT podium for local rider Dan Kneen.

Michael Rutter finished the race in fourth place ahead of Dean Harrison and the Dunlop brothers – Michael leading William. David Johnson was eighth ahead of Jamie Coward and Horst Saiger. Just narrowly outside a top ten finish was Daniel Hegarty in 11th with Martin Jessopp 12th, Sam West 13th, Brian McCormack 14th and James Cowton 15th. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Dan Stewart, Michael Sweeney, Philip Crowe, Ivan Lintin and Daniel Cooper.

Retirements from the race included James Hillier, Bruce Anstey, Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson. It was sadly confirmed later in the day that Jochem van den Hoek had passed away following an accident during the race.

TT 2017: Lightweight Start List

The start list for the Lightweight race is as follows:

  1. Non Starter
  2. Ivan Lintin
  3. Martin Jessopp
  4. Michael Rutter
  5. Daniel Cooper
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Gary Johnson
  8. James Cowton
  9. Non Starter
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Stefano Bonetti
  12. Non Starter
  13. Non Starter
  14. Josh Brookes
  15. Non Starter
  16. Derek Sheils
  17. Rob Hodson
  18. Bjorn Gunnarsson
  19. Non Starter
  20. Non Starter
  21. #60 Adam Mclean
  22. #22 Michael Sweeney
  23. #28 Maria Costello
  24. #26 Xavier Denis
  25. #23 Barry Furber
  26. #25 John Barton
  27. #49 Callum Laidlaw
  28. #31 Dave Moffitt
  29. #30 Jamie Hodson
  30. #27 Craig Neve
  31. #33 Timothee Monot
  32. #37 Anthony Redmond
  33. #48 Mark Purslow
  34. #51 Ian Gardner
  35. #50 Rikki McGovern
  36. #61 Ben Rea
  37. #45 Wayne Axon
  38. #34 Chris Petty
  39. #56 Forest Dunn
  40. #44 Dominic Herbertson
  41. #59 Paul Jordan
  42. #53 Pete Murray
  43. #42 Rob Livesey
  44. #36 David Madsen-Mygdal
  45. #58 Lee Hembury
  46. #55 Alan Bud Jackson

TT 2017: Superstock Start List

The start list for the Superstock race is as follows:

  1. David Johnson
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. Non Starter
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Conor Cummins
  8. Non Starter
  9. Dean Harrison
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Michael Rutter
  12. Non Starter
  13. Non Starter
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. William Dunlop
  16. Non Starter
  17. Steve Mercer
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. Daniel Hegarty
  20. Ivan Lintin
  21. #29 Jamie Coward
  22. #21 Dan Stewart
  23. #28 Derek Sheils
  24. #25 James Cowton
  25. #43 Brian McCormack
  26. #36 Philip Crowe
  27. #33 Michael Sweeney
  28. #32 Stefano Bonetti
  29. #38 Dominic Herbertson
  30. #24 Shaun Anderson
  31. #22 Horst Saiger
  32. #27 Daniel Cooper
  33. #30 Sam West
  34. #26 Alan Bonner
  35. #57 Andfrew Dugeon
  36. #63 Jochem van den Hoek
  37. #31 Ryan Kneen
  38. #49 Mark Parrett
  39. #72 Barry Furber
  40. #50 Marco Pagani
  41. #56 Daley Mathison
  42. #42 Kamil Holan
  43. #45 Jim Hodson
  44. #77 Rob Hodson
  45. #37 David Sellers
  46. #51 Davy Morgan
  47. #53 Alessando Polita
  48. #46 Ian Pattinson
  49. #66 David Hewson
  50. #81 Raul Torras Martinez
  51. #78 Xavier Denis
  52. #64 Julien Toniutti
  53. #74 Anthony Redmond
  54. #70 Richard Wilson
  55. #67 George Spence
  56. #48 Bjorn Gunnarsson
  57. #61 Fabrice Miguet
  58. #55 Michael Russell
  59. #75 David Madsen-Mygdal
  60. #34 Ben Wylie
  61. #69 Adrian Harrison
  62. #80 Richard McLoughlin
  63. #59 Matthew Rees
  64. #44 Craig Neve
  65. #83 Forest Dunn
  66. #76 Mark Goodings
  67. #82 Frank Gallagher