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2017 Manx Grand Prix: Bar Raised Across All Classes As Evans Sets Blistering Pace

Thursday evening’s Manx GP practice session saw the bar well and truly raised across all classes, with the pace in particular within the Junior and Senior fields going up a notch.

Martin Bullock Manxsport’s Michael Evans from a standing start set a blistering pace, recording unofficially a new personal best lap speed of 119.228 mph, to top the Junior time sheets.

Not far behind the Douglas based rider, Tom Robinson (118.938) and Dean Osborne (118.837) where also on personal best pace in a session which saw 19 riders lap in excess of 115 mph.

Barry Evans second lap of 118.940 mph aboard the PRF Racing GSX-R 750 Suzuki, was just enough for the highly rated Welshman to set the Senior pace.

Spain’s Martimotos backed Victor Lopez Santos (111.907) set the 2nd fastest lap of practice week, on his way to fronting the Lightweight class in front of 1993 Formula 1 TT winner Nick Jefferies (111.475).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Like last night, the front running Newcomers performances could only be described as exquisite, as Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed continued to set the pace, becoming the first of the Manx GP debutants to top the 115 mph mark, lapping at a very impressive 115.092 mph.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Stephen Parsons (113.218), Italy’s Nicolo Capelli (112.571), AJB Racing’s Brad Vicars (112.435) continue to increase their stature around the Mountain Course as does accomplished Thundersport competitors Matt Stevenson (112.140) and Andrew Fisher (111.191).

Newcomers B yardstick Dave Quine (104.718) as in previous practice sessions, was the class of the (B) field, improving his previous personal best lap speed by 2 mph.

Cork’s Derek Wilson (100.291) dipped over the 100 mph mark, whilst DP Coldplaning/TC Racing’s Matteo Bardelli (97.399) also impressed.

Results per class, from tonight’s Manx GP practice session, are as follows:

Junior:

1 Michael Evans 119.228
2 Tom Robinson 118.938
3 Dean Osborne 118.837
4 David Lumsden 117.661
5 Brendan Fargher 117.516
6 Richard Charlton 117.328
7 Joe Faragher 117.250
8 Jamie Williams 117.244
9 Rhys Hardisty 116.245
10 Royce Rowe 116.089
11 Marc Ironside 115.910
12 Rob Whittall 115.762
13 Gareth Evans 115.751
14 Peter Wilkinson 115.629
15 Adrian Hartog 115.406
16 James Chawke 115.317
17 Phil McGurk 115.237
18 Dennis Booth 115.194
19 Sean Connolly 115.106
20 Barry Evans 115.009

Senior:

1 Barry Evans 118.940
2 Tom Robinson 118.938
3 Dean Osborne 118.837
4 David Lumsden 117.661
5 Brendan Fargher 117.516
6 Richard Charlton 117.328
7 Joe Faragher 117.250
8 Jamie Williams 117.244
9 Rhys Hardisty 116.245
10 Royce Rowe 116.089
11 Marc Ironside 115.910
12 Rob Whittall 115.762
13 Gareth Evans 115.751
14 Peter Wilkinson 115.629
15 Adrian Hartog 115.406
16 James Chawke 115.317
17 Phil McGurk 115.237
18 Dennis Booth 115.194
19 Sean Connolly 115.106
20 Darryl Tweed 115.092

Lightweight:

1 Victor Lopez Santos 111.907
2 Nick Jefferies 111.475
3 Gary Vines 111.273
4 Darren Cooper 111.268
5 Richard Charlton 110.928
6 Royce Rowe 110.731
7 Marc Ironside 109.735
8 Andy Fenton 108.887
9 Dave Butler 108.512
10 Peter Wilkinson 107.707
11 Barry Evans 107.098
12 Paul Williams 106.946
13 James Chawke 106.900
14 Rob Whittall 106.699
15 Carsten Svendsen 106.598
16 Gareth Evans 106.081
17 Andy Farrell 105.395
18 Stephen Nathan 105.213
19 Matt Mylchreest 105.112
20 Rad Hughes 104.820

Newcomers A:

1 Darryl Tweed 115.092
2 Stephen Parsons 113.218
3 Nicolo Capelli 112.571
4 Brad Vicars 112.435
5 Matt Stevenson 112.140
6 Andrew Fisher 111.191
7 Mike Norbury 111.105
8 David McConnachy 109.527
9 Richard Stubbs 109.108
10 Arnaud Seydoux 109.105
11 Miroslav Sloboda 108.608
12 Francesco Curinga 108.076
13 Kris Duncan 107.657
14 Dan Beighton 106.922
15 Daryl Dorlich 106.254
16 Stephen Casey 105.563
17 Teddy Bresson 105.512
18 Stuart McCann 105.236
19 Andy Hayes 104.491
20 Andrew Windsor 104.260

Newcomers B:

1 Dave Quine 104.718
2 Derek Wilson 100.291
3 Matteo Bardelli 97.399
4 Lee Bass 97.363
5 Ben Rosendaal 96.782
6 Nick Southerwood 95.041
7 Ian Stanford 91.105
8 Martin Currams 83.782

Words by Stevie Rial

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