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Classic TT: First Practice Report

Going with the form book, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison was in a class of his own during this evening’s opening timed Classic TT practice session, heading the yesteryear time sheets by over half a minute.

Lapping from a standing start at 122.266 mph, Harrison was on course for dipping over the 123 mph mark on his flying lap, prior to stopping at Glen Duff.

Despite this his standing start lap speed (122.266), still gave him a pretty substantial advantage at the helm of the time sheets.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Under a tenth of a second covered nearest pursuers Andy Dudgeon (118.933) and Horst Saiger (118.92) who both enjoyed accomplished starts to their latest Classic TT voyages.

Same applied to fourth, fifth, sixth quickest Michael Rutter (116.379), Michael Evans (115.855) and new Mistral Racing team member Paul Jordan (115.606).

Fellow Classic TT debutant Adam McLean set the Lightweight 250 pace, reeling off a series of impressive laps on the Birch Racing Yamaha, chalking up a best lap speed from this evening of 114.74 mph.

Leading the challenge to next gen roads star McLean was Sidecar TT legend Dan Sayle, who lapped close to the 110 mph mark, lapping at 109.671 mph.

With increasing mist, fog setting in around the Mountain Course, Junior 350, Senior 500 class competitors were only able to complete a single timed lap.

Despite this, notable lap speeds were still recorded including John McGuinness (104.95) marking his return to roads action by finishing top of the Senior class time sheets.

Looking in good form aboard the Team Winfield Paton, Morecambe’s McGuinness finished close to 40 seconds clear of nearest challenger pace wise Maria Costello MBE (102.031).

Setting the Junior class pace was Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson (99.708), closely followed on the time sheets by reigning class champion Michael Rutter (99.191).

Practice results per class are as follows:

Superbike:

1 Dean Harrison 122.266
2 Andy Dudgeon 118.933
3 Horst Saiger 118.92
4 Michael Rutter 116.379
5 Michael Evans 115.855
6 Paul Jordan 115.606
7 Forest Dunn 114.13
8 Rob Whittall 112.84
9 Josh Daley 111.41
10 Andy Lovett 110.42
11 Dennis Booth 110.34
12 Mark Herbertson 110.29
13 Brian McCormack 110.23
14 Allan Brodie 110.14
15 Dan Ingham 109.14
16 Michael Hand 109.07
17 Tom Weeden 108.41
18 Ben Rea 108.04
19 Dave Moffitt 107.87
20 Alan Bud Jackson 107.74

Lightweight:

1 Adam McLean 114.74
2 Dan Sayle 109.671
3 Paul Owen 107.19
4 John Barton 106.33
5 Gary Vines 105.84
6 Rikki McGovern 105.74
7 Peter Boast 104.48
8 Alex Sinclair 104.41
9 Steven Howard 103
10 Tom Snow 102.86
11 Stephen Ault 100.61
12 Carsten Svendsen 100.02
13 Simon Hunt 98.65
14 James Ford 98.30
15 Andrew Cowie 97.98
16 David Glover 96.99
17 Will Loder 93.89
18 Lee Jennings 92.70
19 Andrew Davies 91.23
20 Mark Woods 88.86

Senior:

1 John McGuinness 104.95
2 Maria Costello MBE 102.031
3 Olie Linsdell 100.01
4 Chris Swallow 99.58
5 Lee Johnston 98.46
6 Mark Parrett 97.08
7 Alan Oversby 96.13
8 Bob Owen 94.94
9 Chris McGahan 93.21
10 Meredydd Owen 92.13
11 Phil McGurk 92.03
12 Joe Thompson 92.01
13 Keith Clarke 90.34
14 Colin Stockdale 88.86
15 Mick Moreton 88.33
16 Ian Bainbridge 87.34
17 Dave Matravers 87.18
18 Josh Daley 86.99
19 Kevin Miller 84.86
20 Mark Purslow 84.36

Junior:

1 Dominic Herbertson 99.708
2 Michael Rutter 99.191
3 Peter Boast 95.77
4 Steve Ferguson 93.38
5 Hefyn Owen 92.14
6 Sam Johnson 92.10
7 Ewan Hamilton 90.61
8 Jeff Ward 90.16
9 Jack Hunter 89.54
10 Alec Whitwell 88.93
11 Russell Roebury 87.73
12 David Glover 85.70
13 Tony Tuttle 84.60
14 Mark Purslow 84.36
15 Lee Jennings 83.95
16 Bernie Wright 83.21
17 Ian Thompson 83.06
18 Gary Hutton 82.94
19 Grant Sellars 82.61
20 Jeff Smith 81.79

Words by Stevie Rial

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