With conditions all-round now well above optimal, allied to the race fitness of those competing, you just knew something special was in prospect within the Euro Autospares Open race.
Quickly breaking clear out front, Milenco by Padgetts Davey Todd on lap number two, bested Michael Dunlop’s existing outright lap record, lapping at 1.41.106 seconds (107.811 mph).
The following lap would see Todd set another new lap record, this time lapping at a quite remarkable 1 minute 40.442 seconds.
Maintaining a consistent, great pace across remaining race laps, the Brotton rider went onto confidently seal Open race honours, making it three wins from three race starts for the National Superstock 1000 front-runner.
Roadhouse Macau BMW’s Derek Sheils, who also came close to surpassing the previous lap record, took the runner-up, emerging 3.686 adrift of Todd.
Irish Road Race Superbike Championship leader Michael Sweeney took the final spot on the podium.
A last lap tussle for fourth saw BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne occupy P4 ahead of Market Rasen’s Phil Crowe.
Top Armoy newcomer Jamie Coward placed sixth whilst the remainder of the top ten was rounded out by Dominic Herbertson, Graham Kennedy, Neil Kernohan and WH Racing’s Julian Trummer.
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou