Junior 350 Classics:
Ten times TT winner Ian Lougher dominated yesterday afternoon’s MJF Construction Junior 350 Classics race.
Showing the form that’s taken him to a record number of Oliver’s Mount, Southern 100 victories, the Welsh roads great finished the seven-lap race stint, almost nine seconds in front of top chaser John Leigh Pemberton.
Chimay Classics winner Andy Hornby bagged third with fourth, fifth positions going respectively to Leon Murphy and yesteryear racing stalwart Wattie Brown.
Paul Jordan illustrated his racing versatility, by taking the overall spoils in the Senior Classics encounter.
The TT, North West 200 podium finisher emerged triumphant by 6.3 seconds over top challenger Andy Hornby.
Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson wrapped up the top three finishers whilst Senior-500 honours went to the evergreen Wattie Brown, who on route to race success set a new class lap record of 2.08.148 seconds.
Joining Brown on the Senior 500 race rostrum were John Leigh Pemberton and Anthony Ambler.
A compelling Armoy Supporters Club Open B race culminated with victory for multiple Ulster GP winner, Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil.
Embroiled throughout in a tight tussle for first with Oliver’s Mount Scarborough specialist Toby Shann, leading Czech roads force Dokoupil by the race’s conclusion, had the edge but not by much, finishing only 0.251 ahead of Shann.
Fighting back to race fitness post an incident at Skerries, Manx GP regular Damian Horan finalised the podium finishers, claiming an extremely popular third place finish.
Others to complete the six-lap race were Lightweight Supersport front-runner Kris Duncan, Stephen ‘Degsy’ Degnan and James McLaren.
Super Twins A:
Race of the day at Armoy, well only one contender for this accolade, the Galgorm Super Twins A encounter.
Thrills, striking overtakes, great 650 Twins action were just of the ways to describe the competition witnessed by the enthusiastic crowd in attendance.
The re-started five lap race would end in dramatic fashion with Michael Sweeney, Jamie Coward, Paul Jordan all in strong contention for first place.
Nothing could separate the top three and by the chequered flag it was a Nascar, Indycar style photo-finish!
Once the final finishing positions became clear, KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Coward had taken his second Armoy victory with Sweeney, new Twins lap record holder Jordan finishing second, third. Just 0.023 of a second covered the top three finishers!
Positions fourth to sixth in arguably one of the best Super Twins national road race encounters of modern times, were snapped up by Barry Furber, HeatTech Racing’s Joey Thompson and Jonathan Watt.
Before the record-breaking, history-making ‘Race of Legends’, the re-started Park Electrical/Brap Moto Senior Support race saw a selection of Irish Road Racing’s new wave talents excite, thrill, impress.
Thanks to a textbook display, allied to consistent speed, Faraldo Racing’s Keelim Ryan bagged race victory spoils, finishing three seconds in front of new class lap record-holder Marcus Simpson.
Fastest Southern 100 newcomer Anthony O’Carroll rounded out the top three finishers whilst others banking more than creditable finishes included:
Dean Lacey (4th), Kevin Barsby (5th), Darren Cooper supported David Rigby (6th) and renowned Oliver’s Mount exponent Keith Pringle (10th).
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou