Dean Harrison on form at Cock O’The North

Following his domination at the Spring Cup in April, Dean Harrison was once again the man to beat at Oliver’s Mount. The Silicone Engineering rider took seven wins – including the feature race – at the Cock O’The North meeting last weekend.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first Junior race, beating Adam McLean by eight and a half seconds. Jamie Coward joined the pair on the podium. He followed that up by winning the Solo Open and the Senior. Ivan Lintin and McLean were the podium finishers in the Solo Open race. Daley Mathison and Lintin were second and third in the Senior race. Harrison also won the second leg of both races. There were podiums for Mathison in both while Lintin and McLean were third and second in the Senior and Junior races respectively.

The Cock O’The North feature race saw Harrison cross the line just over three seconds clear of Harrison. McLean rounded off a successful weekend of racing with his fifth podium of the meeting. Coward was fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Daniel Frear, Brian Greenfield, Darren Cooper and James Cowton.

Elsewhere Joey Thompson was victorious in both Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight races. In both races he was joined on the podium by Rhys Hardistry and Frear – Hardistry second in race one and Frear second in race two.

Lintin took the win in both Super Lightweight races. It was a narrow victory in race one, beating Cowton by just nine tenths of a second while McLean was 1.4 seconds off the winner. In the second leg the gap was smaller still – down to seven tenths – while Bradley Vicars joined the leading two on the podium.

Joining the riders winning more than one race were Steven Haddow and David Bell. Haddow won both Junior B races beating Ben Shuttlewood and Russell Brook in both. The winning margin was just over a second in both races. Bell won both Classic Superbike races. He beat Peter Boast and Daniel Ingham in both. Paul Marley won the Solo Open B race beating Haddow and Shuttlewood. Brian Greenfield beat Haddow and Marley in the Solo Open B race.

In the Sidecar class it was two out of three for the Steve and Matty Ramsden partnership. They won the second and third race. Lee Crawford and Harry Payne beat the Ramsdens by four tenths of a second in race one. John and Jake Lowther were third. In race two the Ramsdens beat the Lowthers while Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle joined them on the podium. This result was replicated in race three.

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.

Spotlight: Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 victory – ten years on

Ten years ago, on the 10th June 2007, Lewis Hamilton took his first ever Formula One victory.

The 22 year old McLaren driver had already made quite the impact on the F1 world before arriving in Canada. He was tied at the top of the championship on points with team-mate Fernando Alonso. In 2007 points were awarded for positions one to eight, with ten for the winner, and both McLaren drivers were sitting on 38 after five rounds.

Five podiums from five starts had demonstrated Hamilton’s immense rookie talent but he had not as yet stood on the top step of the podium. He had finished second to Alonso’s first twice – including at the Monaco Grand Prix where the pair dominated the field and lapped everyone bar Felipe Massa in third. Everything was about to change in Canada, however, and the tilt shifted in Hamilton’s favour.

It was Alonso who topped the first two practice sessions before Hamilton took charge in FP3. He was three tenths faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen before they headed into qualifying. It proved to be a McLaren front row lock out – the second race in a row – but, for only the second time that season, it was Hamilton in front of Alonso and by nearly five tenths of a second. All eyes were on Hamilton after securing his first F1 pole position – would he be able to convert it into a victory?

In a race which saw four safety car periods – including for Robert Kubica’s big accident – Hamilton kept his cool and went on to win, beating BMW’s Nick Heidfeld by just over four seconds. Alexander Wurz finished the race in third place. Hamilton was in control through the whole race not letting any of the safety car periods phase him. It turned out that Hamilton did not have to wait long for his second victory which came just a week later at the US GP at Indianapolis.

Since the Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton has won 55 Grand Prix putting him second on the all time list. He has taken at least one victory in every season since 2007 – the fewest being two in one season (2009) and the most being 11 in 2014. ┬áHe won 21 races with McLaren and has so far won 34 for Mercedes.

This weekend will see him go for a sixth victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. Following his debut win in 2007 he also won there in 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016.

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.