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Classic TT: Low Cloud, Mist Gives Way To Thrilling Friday Afternoon Practice Action

After a strong bout of mist, low cloud on the Mountain section of the Mountain Course lifted, Friday’s Classic TT practice action got underway at 2:10 PM, with the Junior/Senior class exponents first down Glencrutchery Road.

Looking in formidable form aboard the reserve Team Winfield Paton, John McGuinness powered to the top of this afternoon’s Senior class times sheet, registering an impressive best lap speed of 109.59 mph.

Nearest challenger to McGuinness this afternoon was Ted Woof/Craven Classic Racing backed, Norton mounted Jamie Coward (107.16 mph), who through the Sulby speed trap was nearly 6 mph down on his fellow Englishman.

Behind McGuinness, Coward, third, fourth fastest respectively Michael Rutter (105.51 mph) and Maria Costello MBE (105.09 mph) also showed accomplished form as did 2015 Lightweight Manx GP winner Mark Purslow (104.61 mph).

Reigning class champion Dominic Herbertson (100.74 mph) headed seven times TT winner Rutter (99.66), Davies Motorsport team mate Lee Johnston (99.12 mph) in the Junior class fraternity.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Whilst the pace not surprisingly within the yesteryear Superbike class, was set by Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison, who’s ‘Flying Lap’ lap speed of 124.56 mph, is the fastest lap speed so far of this year’s Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling extravaganza.

Leading pursuers this afternoon to the Dunlop Senior TT winner were Greenall Racing’s Horst Saiger (121.64 mph) who carries the coveted number 1 plate and Milenco by Padgetts YZR 500 Yamaha mounted Conor Cummins (120.56 mph).

Photo by Mark Corlett

Continuing his remarkable return to competitive roads action, Bruce Anstey remained at the helm of the Lightweight field, banking a new personal best lap speed from this week’s competitive action of 116.99 mph.

Anstey’s lap speed nearing the 117 mph lap mark, placed him just over 11 seconds clear of Superbike class pace setter, lead Laylaw Racing squad member Harrison (115.87 mph).

Practice results per class are as follows:

Senior:

1 John McGuinness 109.59
2 Jamie Coward 107.16
3 Michael Rutter 105.51
4 Maria Costello MBE 105.09
5 Mark Purslow 104.61
6 Stefano Bonetti 104.19
7 Alan Oversby 103.39
8 James Hillier 103.13
9 Derek Sheils 102.81
10 Danny Webb 102.30
11 Ben Rea 99.39
12 Michael Sweeney 99.26
13 Hefyn Owen 98.90
14 Bill Swallow 97.79
15 Keith Clarke 96.63
16 Mark Parrett 96.40
17 Dave Madsen Mygdal 96.13
18 Will Loder 95.70
19 John Barton 95.34
20 Chris McGahan 94.24
21 Alec Whitwell 92.85
22 Colin Stockdale 92.13
23 Dave Matravers 91.11
24 Ian Bainbridge 90.28
25 Arthur Browning 90.25
26 Tony Tuttle 89.05
27 Richard Stott 88.75
28 Leon Murphy 86.86
29 Edward Poole 85.27

Junior:

1 Dominic Herbertson 100.74
2 Michael Rutter 99.66
3 Lee Johnston 99.12
4 Alan Oversby 98.27
5 Hefyn Owen 98.07
6 Dan Sayle 98.00
7 Alex Sinclair 96.87
8 Paul Jordan 96.00
9 Derek Sheils 95.89
10 Michael Sweeney 94.96
11 Bill Swallow 94.90
12 Rob Hodson 94.39
13 Dave Madsen Mygdal 93.73
14 Ewan Hamilton 93.06
15 Dean Osborne 92.04
16 Dave Moffitt 91.95
17 Meredydd Owen 91.53
18 Jeff Ward 91.21
19 Chris Moore 89.15
20 Ken Parkes 89.00
21 Jack Hunter 88.35
22 Lee Jennings 88.09
23 Simon Collins 87.46
24 Maria Costello MBE 87.36
25 Justin Roebury 86.30
26 Christopher Bray 86.03
27 David Glover 86.01
28 Grant Sellars 85.68
29 Shelley Pike 84.77
30 Gary Hutton 84.75
31 Roy Phipps 84.68
32 Gary Freeman 83.77
33 Terence Sansom 83.63

Lightweight:

1 Bruce Anstey 116.99
2 Dean Harrison 115.87
3 Jamie Coward 112.84
4 James Hind 111.15
5 Dominic Herbertson 110.83
6 Ian Lougher 109.57
7 Rhys Hardisty 108.94
8 Carsten Svendsen 108.92
9 Chris Moore 108.75
10 Dan Sayle 107.21
11 Ryan Kneen 107.16
12 Sam Grief 105.25
13 Lee Johnston 103.72
14 James Ford 103.66
15 Steven Howard 103.40
16 Tom Snow 103.26
17 Davey Todd 103.07
18 John Barton 102.78
19 Alex Sinclair 101.62
20 Mike Carter 100.26
21 Hefyn Owen 100.24
22 Adrian Morris 99.93
23 Christopher Dowling 99.78
24 Will Loder 98.22
25 Andrew Davies 97.60
26 David Glover 96.57
27 Dave Madsen Mygdal 96.44
28 Lee Jennings 96.31
29 Richard Saville 95.96
30 Andrew Cowie 95.22
31 Colin Croft 94.15
32 Richard Lambourne 93.26
33 Tony Russell 90.32
34 Jason Burrill 90.08

Superbike:

1 Dean Harrison 124.56
2 Horst Saiger 121.64
3 Conor Cummins 120.56
4 Michael Dunlop 119.89
5 Phil Crowe 119.88
6 David Johnson 119.40
7 Paul Jordan 119.02
8 Sam West 118.65
9 Michael Rutter 117.92
10 Ryan Kneen 117.37
11 Michael Sweeney 117.34
12 Julian Trummer 117.06
13 Andy Farrell 116.44
14 James Hillier 116.36
15 Derek Sheils 115.58
16 John Barton 114.82
17 Craig Neve 114.78
18 Michal Dokoupil 114.43
19 Forest Dunn 114.10
20 Paul Williams 113.66
21 Stephen Smith 111.92
22 Richard Wilson 111.81
23 Dennis Booth 111.43
24 Allan Brodie 110.82
25 Dan Ingham 110.74
26 Michael Booth 110.48
27 Davey Todd 110.40
28 James Caswell 110.35
29 Josh Daley 110.35
30 Adrian Harrison 109.68
31 Danny Webb 109.43
32 Gary Vines 107.75
33 Dave Moffitt 107.28
34 Eric Wilson 106.22
35 Lancelot Unissart 105.97
36 Rob Barber 105.63
37 Wayne Axon 105.48
38 Dave Hewson 105.43
39 Alec Whitwell 104.92
40 Richard Vuillermet 101.44
41 Steve Moody 99.63

Words by Stevie Rial

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