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2017 Manx Grand Prix: Rising Local Stars Light Up Wednesday Night’s Practice Session

Local stars a plenty lighted up Wednesday night’s Manx GP practice session, which same as last evening got underway on time at 6:20 PM.

Chris Preston Racing’s Glenn Harrison lapping at a very creditable 117.550 mph, topped the Junior and Senior time sheets.

Photo’s by Nick Wheeler

Whilst second fastest in both classes, Douglas based Jamie Williams laid down the gauntlet to the Lightweight field with an excellent lap speed of 112.194 mph on the Cowton Racing ER6 Kawasaki.

Outside of the rising Manx star who is been mentored by two times TT winner Chris Palmer, Darren Cooper (111.498), Richard Charlton (111.232), Andy Farrell (110.978) and Spain’s Victor Lopez Santos (110.940) second, third, fourth and fifth fastest respectively, where all closely matched.

It was just as tight amongst front running Newcomers competitors, as Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed (112.855) headed the (A) class just in front of The Peoples Bike Team backed Stephen Parsons (112.819).

Pace setter on Tuesday night Mike Norbury (112.640) continues to showcase his proven roads pedigree, as does Oliver’s Mount and Southern 100 specialist Brad Vicars (110.435).

Additional newcomers catching the eye included Italy’s Nicolo Capelli (107.526) plus seasoned Pikes Peak competitor, America’s Adam Bauer lapping in excess of 100 mph, accomplishing one of the main goals within his maiden Manx GP campaign.

Martin Bullock Manxsport’s Dave Quine (102.513) continues to set the Newcomers B pace in front of fellow Manxman Lee Bass, whilst New Zealand debutant Ben Rosendaal (97.130) third quickest tonight is gradually getting to grips with the bumpy, unparalleled roads of the Mountain Course.

Overall a great practice session and one that saw the lap times/lap speeds jump up a notch across all classes.

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

Junior/Senior:

1 Glenn Harrison 117.550
2 Jamie Williams 117.232
3 Michael Evans 116.801
4 Tom Robinson 116.749
5 Richard Charlton 116.637
6 Royce Rowe 116.586
7 Dean Osborne 116.093
8 Brendan Fargher 115.997
9 Joe Faragher 115.837
10 David Lumsden 115.546
11 Adrian Hartog 115.393
12 Darren Cooper 115.364
13 Gareth Evans 115.237
14 Jonathan Perry 115.167
15 Stephen Smith 115.111
16 Damian Horan 115.028
17 Stuart Hall 114.847
18 Steven Procter 114.584
19 Peter Wilkinson 114.548
20 James Chawke 113.947
21 Andy Farrell 113.790

Lightweight:

1 Jamie Williams 112.194
2 Darren Cooper 111.498
3 Richard Charlton 111.232
4 Andy Farrell 110.978
5 Victor Lopez Santos 110.940
6 Royce Rowe 110.884
7 Andy Fenton 110.364
8 Nick Jefferies 110.363
9 Marc Ironside 107.826
10 David Lumsden 107.183
11 Dave Butler 106.953
12 Paul Williams 106.861
13 Rob Whittall 106.422
14 James Chawke 105.443
15 Nick Anderson 105.364
16 Rad Hughes 104.828
17 Stephen Nathan 104.523
18 Dave Quine 102.513
19 Paul Van Der Heiden 101.826
20 Peter Wilkinson 101.438

Newcomers A:

1 Darryl Tweed 112.855
2 Stephen Parsons 112.819
3 Mike Norbury 112.640
4 Brad Vicars 110.435
5 Matt Stevenson 108.830
6 Nicolo Capelli 107.526
7 Andrew Fisher 107.041
8 Daryl Dorlich 106.197
9 Arnaud Seydoux 105.948
10 Richard Stubbs 105.717
11 Dan Beighton 105.228
12 Miroslav Sloboda 105.027
13 Kris Duncan 104.359
14 Francesco Curinga 104.293
15 David McConnachy 104.174
16 Andy Hayes 104.014
17 Teddy Bresson 103.170
18 Stephen Casey 102.350
19 Stuart McCann 101.248
20 Adam Bauer 100.982

Newcomers B:

1 Dave Quine 102.513
2 Lee Bass 97.717
3 Ben Rosendaal 97.130
4 Derek Wilson 96.979
5 Jordan McFerran 95.495
6 Matteo Bardelli 92.885
7 Nick Southerwood 91.935
8 Ian Stanford 90.786
9 Martin Currams 85.495

Words by Stevie Rial

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