Derek McGee Man of the Meeting at Armoy as Michael Dunlop secures seventh Race of Legends win

Whilst all eyes were on Michael Dunlop as he secured his seventh Race of Legends feature race win in a row, it was Derek McGee who came away from the weekend as Man of the Meeting.

The Mullingar man was awarded the accolade after accumulating the most points with a win in the first Supersport race, second in the second Supersport race and the Open, and fourth in the Grand Final.

Practice sessions were held on Friday with times counting for qualifying, with the first two races taking place on Friday evening. In the Senior Support race it was two Armoy newcomers battling for the win. Joe Loughlin – who has been in control of the Junior/Senior Support classes all year – ultimately lost out to Adam Lyon, with the Scottish rider coming from the second group to win on corrected time by just over three seconds. David Howard joined the pair on the podium.

The first Supersport race was red flagged twice and the result was eventually declared after just two racing laps. The first red flag was caused by a incident involving Adam McLean and Paul Jordan. Both riders were OK and returned to the paddock on the back of marshals bikes. When the race was restarted it was red flagged again when weather conditions took a turn for the worse. A heavy downpour coupled with Michael Dunlop’s bike blowing up and leaving oil on the track meant that racing was halted for the night. McGee was declared the winner with road racing newcomer Davey Todd finishing second and Christian Elkin third.

On Saturday changeable weather conditions greeted race organisers and riders but a full programme was run with limited disruption. First up was Junior Support run over seven laps and this race was won by Loughlin who beat Marc Ironside and Glenn Walker. Then came Moto 3/125 won by Elkin riding a Moto 3. McLean was second and the leading 125 rider while Paul Robinson completed the podium in third. Ian Lougher finished fourth just shy of a second ahead of Gary Dunlop in fifth.

The second Supersport race was won by M Dunlop but he didn’t have it all his own way. McGee initially took the lead as Dunlop came through from seventh on the grid. He progressed up the order, overtaking Elkin at the start of the second lap before slotting into second by passing McLean at the start of lap three. He then closed down McGee’s leading margin before overtaking him and eventually securing a three second victory. James Cowton was third ahead of Todd (from the second group), McLean and newcomer Joey Thompson.

There was a red flag incident following three laps of the Classic race and a slight delay as an oil spill was cleared up. Ed Manly was the eventual winner when the race was re-run over four laps. He was joined on the podium by Wattie Brown and Barry Davidson.

Race seven of the event was the Open race and this saw M Dunlop achieve his second win of the day. The race was declared wet following a downpour just before the start and riders were given a sighting lap with the view of returning to the paddock to change tyres should they decide to. McGee returned to the grid straight away and revealed that most of the track – apart from the start – was wet. There was another warm up lap before a six lap race and it was McGee – riding his Kawasaki 600 – who took the initial lead. He started to pull away but M Dunlop soon caught and passed him, eventually winning by just over 4.5 seconds. William Dunlop crossed the line in third after catching and passing Cowton, but it was Todd who took the podium with corrected time from the second group. Paul Jordan was fifth on the IMR Evolution Camping BMW ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Mark Goodings, Dominic Herbertson and Forest Dunn.

Another rain downpour brought a red flag out in the Lightweight Supersport race but it wasn’t delayed for long. Neil Kernohan was the eventual winner, beating Darryl Tweed (who was the first 400cc rider) and Callum Laidlaw. McGee took the win in the Supertwin class after an exciting battle with McLean. The latter had been holding onto second place until the last lap when he was passed by Cowton. Elkin finished in fourth ahead of Michael Sweeney, Brad Vicars and Paul Gartland.

The penultimate race of the meeting was the second Senior Support and this time Loughlin got the better of Lyon, who came from the second group. The pair were once again joined on the podium by Howard who beat Ironside, Tommy Henry, Stephen McKeown and Alan Johnston.

Following a sighting lap and then a warm-up, the Grand Final – the Race of Legends – was run over seven laps. M Dunlop was in a class of his own on his Hawk Racing Suzuki, as he romped to a 12 second win over his brother William. Sweeney finished the race in third place, mere tenths of a second off second. McGee was fourth ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Todd and Jordan. Davy Morgan led the second group riders to finish in ninth, beating Goodings, Herbertson, Graham Kennedy, Vicars, Dunn and Laidlaw.

While McGee secured Man of the Meeting, Loughlin was named Support Man of the Meeting.

 

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Joe Loughlin wins five at Walderstown

Joe Loughlin took five wins at the Race of the South in Walderstown, making him the most successful rider at the weekend.

He won both the non championship and championship races in the Junior and Senior Support classes as well as taking victory in the Supertwins race. Other winners at the event included Adam McLean, Derek McGee and Derek Sheils.

Loughlin beat RJ Woolsey and Ben Mullane in the non championship Junior Support race. He set a new track record for the class on his way to a comfortable 27 second victory.  Backing this up, he went on to win the championship race by just over 20 seconds – again from Woolsey. This time Liam Chawke joined them on the podium. It was a closer fought affair in Senior Support, Loughlin’s winning margin just eight seconds in the non championship race. David and Damien Howard joined him on the podium. It was four out of four for Loughlin in the support classes with a nine second victory over Damien Howard in the championship leg of the race. David Howard was third.

Elsewhere, McLean backed up his impressive recent form with another win in the Supersport class. He took his first 600cc victory at Cookstown in April and once again he beat William Dunlop on his way to the chequered flag. It was a narrow margin as he crossed the line just four tenths clear with Paul Jordan a fine third just a further three tenths back. Jordan also set the fastest lap of the race. Michael Sweeney was fourth ahead of road racing newcomer Davey Todd.

Also standing on the top step of the podium was McGee who held off Dunlop to take the victory in the Open race. Sweeney took third place ahead of Sheils and Jordan. Sheils started from pole position for the Grand Final and took the win, setting the fastest lap on the way. McGee was second and Dunlop was third. In the Supertwins the top five were separated by just over three seconds with Loughlin taking the win. McLean finished in second place ahead of Sheils, McGee and Sweeney.

The Classics were also in action with a Junior and Senior race. Barry Davidson beat Richard Ford in the Junior Classic race with Sean Leonard joining them on the podium. Robert McCrum took the victory in the Senior Classic race while Ford was second and Davidson third. Paul Gartland won the 400cc race beating Mark Shiels, Steve Tobin, Aaron Boyd and Gerard Cummins.

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.

Michael Dunlop takes win number 14 with Supersport victory

Michael Dunlop was the victorious rider in today’s Supersport race, beating James Hillier and Peter Hickman.

The Ballymoney man had suffered disappointment in yesterday’s Superbike race when his bike broke down on the second lap, but he led across the line for three of the four Supersport laps. Hillier finished on the podium after missing out yesterday while Hickman finished in third again. Rain earlier in the day delayed proceedings and many riders were cautious on the first lap while they assessed road conditions.

William Dunlop lost third place at the end of lap three and eventually finished in fourth place while Ian Hutchinson came home fifth nearly a minute off Michael Dunlop. Gary Johnson finished in sixth ahead of Bruce Anstey, Dan Kneen, Conor Cummins and James Cowton. Josh Brookes was 11th with Martin Jessopp 12th, Ivan Lintin 13th, Craig Neve 14th and Andrew Dudgeon 15th.

Daley Mathison ended the race 16th, beating Horst Saiger. Newcomer Adam Mclean was an impressive 18th in his first ever TT race ahead of Daniel Cooper and Daniel Hegarty.

Dean Harrison, Davy Morgan, Mike Russell, and Rob Hodson were amongst the race retirements all OK. Tom Weeden was taken by airmed to Nobles for chest and back injuries. Guy Martin opted to sit out of the race following his accident yesterday when he crashed at Doran’s Bend on lap one of the Superbike race.

Dunlop’s win draws him level with Mike Hailwood with 14 TT wins.

TT 2017: Supersport Start List

The start list for the Supersport race is as follows:

  1. Non Starter
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. Josh Brookes
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Conor Cummins
  8. Gary Johnson
  9. Dean Harrison
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Non Starter
  12. Non Starter
  13. Jamie Coward
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. William Dunlop
  16. Non Starter
  17. Steve Mercer
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. James Cowton
  20. Daniel Cooper
  21. #30 Sam West
  22. #22 Horst Saiger
  23. #29 Guy Martin
  24. #38 Craig Neve
  25. #21 Dan Stewart
  26. #39 Andrew Dudgeon
  27. #83 Adam Mclean
  28. #23 Ivan Lintin
  29. #36 Daley Mathison
  30. #37 Michael Sweeney
  31. #32 Tom Weeden
  32. #25 Daniel Hegarty
  33. #28 Robert Wilson
  34. #48 Matthew Rees
  35. #31 Dominic Herbertson
  36. #27 Michal Dokoupil
  37. #82 Paul Jordan
  38. #45 Brian McCormack
  39. #34 Kamil Holan
  40. #62 Julian Trummer
  41. #64 Timothee Monot
  42. #44 Mark Parrett
  43. #84 Joey Thompson
  44. #61 Gavin Lupton
  45. #73 Philip Crowe
  46. #51 Julien Toniutti
  47. #43 Davy Morgan
  48. #47 Rob Hodson
  49. #59 Xavier Denis
  50. #54 Adrian Harrison
  51. #71 Mark Goodings
  52. #60 Daivd Hewson
  53. #79 Josh Daley
  54. #33 Ian Pattinson
  55. #70 Karl Foster
  56. #42 Jim Hodson
  57. #75 Jamie Hodson
  58. #68 Ben Rea
  59. #35 David Sellers
  60. #85 Mark Purslow
  61. #66 Eric Wilson
  62. #65 Anthony Redmond
  63. #81 Masayuki Yamanaka
  64. #77 Callum Laidlaw
  65. #72 Chris Petty
  66. #69 Frank Gallagher
  67. #63 Paul Smyth
  68. #50 George Spence
  69. #80 Dave Madsen-Mygdal
  70. #56 Richard Wilson
  71. #55 Michael Russell

 

TT 2017: Friday 2nd June Practice Times

Lightweight

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Lightweight practice were as follows:

  1. Stefano Bonetti – 19:34.026 – 115.694mph
  2. Peter Hickman – 19:42.602 – 114.856mph
  3. James Cowton – 19:42.800 – 114.836mph
  4. Daniel Cooper – 19:43.277 – 114.790mph
  5. Lee Johnston – 19:43.850 – 114.734mph
  6. Michael Rutter – 19:48.538 – 114.282mph
  7. Adam McLean – 20:03.561 – 112.856mph
  8. Michael Sweeney – 20:04.823 – 112.737mph
  9. Derek Sheils – 20:05.802 – 112.645mph
  10. Maria Costello – 20:16.414 – 111.663mph
  11. Rob Hodson – 20:20.743 – 111.267mph
  12. John Barton – 20:20.833 – 111.258mph
  13. Danny Webb – 20:27.862 – 110.622mph
  14. Gary Johnson – 20:28.710 – 110.545mph
  15. Barry Furber – 20:29.517 – 110.473mph

Superbike

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Superbike practice were as follows:

  1. Bruce Anstey – 17:31.199 – 129.212mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – 17:36.405 – 128.576mph
  3. Michael Rutter – 17:46.235 – 127.390mph
  4. James Hillier – 17:46.925 – 127.308mph
  5. Conor Cummins – 17:47.606 – 127.227mph
  6. Dean Harrison – 17:47.809 – 127.203mph
  7. Peter Hickman – 17:49.695 – 126.978mph
  8. Lee Johnston – 17:49.721 – 126.975mph
  9. William Dunlop – 17:57.909 – 126.011mph
  10. Dan Kneen – 17:58.477 – 125.944mph
  11. Gary Johnson – 18:00.221 – 125.741mph
  12. Ivan Lintin – 18:01.952 – 125.540mph
  13. Steve Mercer – 18:05.111 – 125.174mph
  14. Martin Jessopp – 18:07.577 – 124.890mph
  15. James Cowton – 18:11.392 – 124.454mph

Supersport

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Supersport practice were as follows:]

  1. Dean Harrison – 18:12.274 – 124.353mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – 18:21.386 – 123.325mph
  3. Ian Hutchinson – 18:22.582 – 123.191mph
  4. James Hillier – 18:24.920 – 122.930mph
  5. Conor Cummins – 18:31.513 – 122.190mph
  6. Martin Jessopp – 18:32.862 – 122.053mph
  7. Peter Hickman – 18:33.812 – 121.949mph
  8. Lee Johnston – 18:34.545 – 121.858mph
  9. Dan Kneen – 18:34.902 – 121.830mph
  10. Jamie Coward – 18:40.016 – 121.273mph
  11. William Dunlop – 18:40.025 – 121.272mph
  12. Bruce Anstey – 18:40.508 – 121.220mph
  13. Gary Johnson – 18:47.820 – 120.434mph
  14. Ivan Lintin – 18:58.003 – 119.356mph
  15. Andrew Dudgeon – 18:59.893 – 119.159mph

Superstock

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Superstock practice were as follows:

  1. Ian Hutchinson – 17:28.583 – 129.535mph
  2. Michael Rutter – 17:36.302 – 128.588mph
  3. Dean Harrison – 17:37.215 – 128.477mph
  4. Peter Hickman – 17:40.927 – 128.028mph
  5. Dan Kneen – 17:47.561 – 127.232mph
  6. Lee Johnston – 17:49.721 – 126.975mph
  7. Ivan Lintin – 18:01.952 – 125.540mph
  8. Michael Dunlop – 18:03.782 – 125.328mph
  9. Steve Mercer – 18:05.111 – 125.174mph
  10. Derek Sheils – 18:05.781 – 125.097mph
  11. James Cowton – 18:11.392 – 124.454mph
  12. Jamie Coward – 18:16.056 – 123.924mph
  13. Shaun Anderson – 18:19.549 – 123.531mph
  14. Martin Jessopp – 18:20.576 – 123.415mph
  15. Horst Saiger – 18:20.715 – 123.400mph

Sidecar

The top 10 fastest lap times in the Sidecar practice were as follows:

  1. Dave Molyneux/Daniel Sayle – 19:43.744 – 114.744mph
  2. Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes – 19:47.824 – 114.350mph
  3. John Holden/Lee Cain – 20:11.827 – 112.085mph
  4. Karl Bennett/Maxime Vasseur – 20:40.308 – 109.512mph
  5. Alan Founds/Jake Lowther – 20:45.714 – 109.036mph
  6. Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney – 20:58.256 – 107.949mph
  7. Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers – 21:05.670 – 107.317mph
  8. Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier – 21:10.681 – 106.894mph
  9. Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden – 21:13.040 – 106.696mph
  10. Mick Alton/Chrissie Clancy Ingpen – 21:24.755 – 105.723mph

TT Zero

  1. Bruce Anstey – 20:40.209 – 109.520mph
  2. Guy Martin – 20:52.870 – 108.413mph
  3. Adam Child – 30:16.212 – 74.786mph

 

 

Revised TT schedule as poor weather halts practice again

The Isle of Man TT organisers have released a revised schedule due to practice sessions being disrupted by poor weather conditions.

A decision was made on Thursday afternoon to cancel this evening’s scheduled practice due to persistent rain. Today’s schedule will now run tomorrow. This therefore means that a revised race schedule has been put in place with the opening Superbike race now moved to Sunday.

The poor weather conditions have wrecked havoc with this week’s practice sessions with riders just getting one evening of running in so far.  The action had been due to start on Saturday but was cancelled with Monday also being called off. There was running on Tuesday before one flying lap and one speed controlled lap on Wednesday after rain halted proceedings. The TT circuit is obviously unique and while conditions can be OK for practice in some parts, the mountain part of the course can often throw up problems such as low lying fog.

The revised schedule from Saturday is as follows:

Saturday

  • 10.40 – 12.00 – Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight) qualifying
  • 12.05 – 13.05 Sidecar qualifying
  • 14.10 – 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) qualifying
  • 15.40 – 16.30 Sidecar qualifying
  • 16.35 1 lap for Superbike/Superstock/Supersport qualifying
  • 17.00 1 lap for TT Zero qualifying

Sunday

  • 14.00 Superbike Race (6 laps)
  • 16.25 Sidecar 1 lap qualifying
  • 16.40 1 lap for TT Zero qualifying

Monday

  • 10.45 Supersport Race (4 laps
  • 12.45 1 lap Superstock qualifying
  • 14.15 Sidecar Race (3 laps)
  • 15.50 1 lap Superbike/Superstock/Lightweight qualifying
  • 16.05 1 lap TT Zero qualifying

Tuesday

  • 12.15 Superstock Race (4 laps)
  • 14.15 2 laps Sidecar qualifying
  • 15.40 1 lap Lightweight qualifying
  • 15.55 1 lap TT Zero qualifying

The schedule is then due to revert to plan from Wednesday onwards weather permitting.