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2017 Manx Grand Prix: Lap Record Almost Surpassed As Competition Intensifies

Backing up his stellar form from last evening, Michael Evans was on near lap record breaking pace today, as he jumped back to the top of the Senior time sheets.

Lapping from a standing start at 122.188 mph, the Martin Bullock Manxsport racer came extremely close to the existing lap record.

He has though unofficially set a piece of history, which is setting unofficially the second fastest ever lap by a 750cc machine at the Manx Grand Prix.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Outside of the Douglas based riders exploits, fellow Manxman Dean Osborne also starred on Saturday afternoon, setting the Junior pace, unofficially joining the ‘Tommy Club’ lapping at an excellent 120.358 mph.

Nearest challengers Jamie Williams (119.752) and Royce Rowe (119.694) also set huge new personal best lap speeds, same applied as well to Mountain Course returnee Joe Faragher (118.972).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Lightweight qualifying honours went the way of Andy Farrell who edged out Spain’s Victor Lopez Santos (112.447), setting the fastest Lightweight lap speed of practice week thus far, lapping at 112.779 mph.

Looking towards the front running newcomers in the (A) and (B) classes, Darryl Tweed (117.047) and Dave Quine (106.981) as in previous sessions continue to move up a level around the Mountain Course.

Brad Vicars (116.477), Andrew Fisher (116.008), Italian duo Nicolo Capelli (115.750) and Francesco Curinga (114.700), Derek Wilson (101.979) plus David McConnachy (114.056) are also all beginning to look at home on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, ahead of Monday’s Newcomers race.

Junior:

1 Dean Osborne 120.358
2 Jamie Williams 119.752
3 Royce Rowe 119.694
4 Barry Evans 119.651
5 Michael Evans 119.228
6 Glenn Harrison 119.210
7 Joe Faragher 118.972
8 David Lumsden 118.910
9 Tom Robinson 118.889
10 Darren Cooper 118.705
11 Brendan Fargher 118.551
12 Richard Charlton 117.636
13 Marc Ironside 117.382
14 Andy Farrell 117.321
15 James Chawke 117.232
16 Stephen Smith 117.127
17 Peter Wilkinson 116.843
18 Rhys Hardisty 116.805
19 Steven Procter 116.610
20 Gareth Evans 116.545

Senior:

1 Michael Evans 122.188
2 Dean Osborne 120.358
3 Jamie Williams 119.752
4 Royce Rowe 119.694
5 Glenn Harrison 119.210
6 Joe Faragher 118.972
7 David Lumsden 118.910
8 Tom Robinson 118.889
9 Darren Cooper 118.705
10 Brendan Fargher 118.551
11 Dave Butler 117.924
12 Richard Charlton 117.636
13 Marc Ironside 117.382
14 Andy Farrell 117.321
15 James Chawke 117.232
16 Stephen Smith 117.127
17 Darryl Tweed 117.047
18 Damian Horan 116.955
19 Peter Wilkinson 116.843
20 Rhys Hardisty 116.805

Newcomers A:

1 Darryl Tweed 117.047
2 Brad Vicars 116.477
3 Andrew Fisher 116.008
4 Nicolo Capelli 115.750
5 Francesco Curinga 114.700
6 David McConnachy 114.056
7 Arnaud Seydoux 114.042
8 Mike Norbury 113.898
9 Matt Stevenson 113.615
10 Richard Stubbs 111.628
11 Miroslav Sloboda 111.324
12 Kris Duncan 110.741
13 Stephen Parsons 110.434
14 Andy Hayes 110.147
15 Stephen Casey 109.584
16 Andrew Windsor 109.004
17 Teddy Bresson 108.457
18 Daryl Dorlich 108.050
19 Adam Bauer 108.042
20 Stuart McCann 107.256

Newcomers B:

1 Dave Quine 106.981
2 Derek Wilson 101.979
3 Lee Bass 101.190
4 Matteo Bardelli 101.101
5 Ben Rosendaal 100.800
6 Jordan McFerran 100.753
7 Ian Stanford 96.173
8 Martin Currams 90.038

Super Twins:

1 Andy Farrell 112.779
2 Victor Lopez Santos 112.447
3 Royce Rowe 112.111
4 Darren Cooper 111.928
5 Richard Charlton 110.557
6 David Lumsden 110.337
7 Dave Butler 109.885
8 Marc Ironside 109.813
9 James Chawke 109.506
10 Rob Whittall 109.385
11 Paul Van Der Heiden 109.011
12 Barry Evans 108.684
13 Paul Williams 108.270
14 Peter Wilkinson 107.986
15 Rad Hughes 106.676
16 Nigel Rea 106.123
17 Scott Miller 106.035
18 Dan Ingham 105.392
19 Steven Horne 105.303
20 Andy Fenton 105.256

Words by Stevie Rial

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