Classic TT: Thursday Evening Practice Report

Classic TT: Thursday Evening Practice Report

After what seemed an eternity, Classic TT racers finally ventured tonight back onto the Mountain Course, as a selection of the world’s leading International road racers quickly made up for lost practice time, banking despite tricky, damp, wet conditions series of impressive lap speeds.

Continuing his prodigious return to roads competition, 23 times TT winner John McGuinness powered as on Saturday night to the top of the Senior Class time sheets.

Lapping from a standing start at just over the 104 mph mark, his flying lap saw him lap at 106.585 mph, aboard the as ever immaculately prepared Team Winfield Paton.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Nearest challenger to McGuinness this evening was Ted Woof backed, Craven Norton mounted Jamie Coward (104.270), who through the Sulby speed trap was nearly 7 mph down on his fellow Englishman.

Behind McGuinness, Coward, third fastest Chris Swallow (102.990), Lee Johnston (101.478) also showed accomplished form as did Ian Lougher on one of John Chapman’s priceless MV Agusta’s.

Reflecting on tonight’s Junior 350 class action, 2010 Ultra Lightweight Manx GP winner Phil McGurk (95.988) held at bay Ulster GP Super Twins victor Adam McLean (95.054), to head the time sheets by just over 13 seconds.

Seasoned yesteryear machinery specialists Peter Boast (94.558), Chris McGahan (93.055), Mark Herbertson (92.464) all showed a good turn of pace in respectively finishing third, fourth and fifth fastest.

Two stroke action wise, Sidecar TT legend Dan Sayle reminded everyone of his proven 250 prowess, with an impressive standing start lap (109.406), which ultimately made him quickest tonight to the tune of plus 30 seconds.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Alongside Manxman Sayle’s great pace, Rhys Hardisty (104.835) quietly went under the radar to finish second quickest, in front of fellow countryman Paul Owen (103.509), who in turn was closely matched pace wise by two stroke Mountain Course debutant Joe Thompson (103.067).

Dean Harrison’s opening run out on the Laylaw Racing Yamaha ended in an early retirement, whilst others to encounter mechanical issues with two stroke machinery included recent feature Ulster GP Superbike top three finisher, David Johnson.

Unfortunately the weather had another trick up it’s sleeves after the opening Lightweight, Junior, Senior class sessions.

As predicted by Manx Radio, intermittent rain showers entered the horizon, leaving the west side of the Mountain Course drenched.

With course conditions not suitable for the bulky, ultra powerful high spec Classic Superbikes, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson made the decision to cancel the remainder of this evening’s action.

Results per class from this evening’s practice session, are as follows:


1 Phil McGurk 95.988
2 Adam McLean 95.054
3 Peter Boast 94.558
4 Chris McGahan 93.055
5 Mark Herbertson 92.464
6 Sam Johnson 91.835
7 Bob Owen 91.346
8 Dan Cooper 91.302
9 Dave Moffitt 91.038
10 Lancelot Unissart 90.525
11 Alex Sinclair 90.508
12 Dave Madsen Mygdal 90.199
13 Olie Linsdell 90.027
14 Danny Webb 89.900
15 Leon Murphy 88.984
16 Jack Hunter 88.449
17 Jamie Coward 87.986
18 Mark Woods 86.665
19 Will Loder 86.606
20 Mark Purslow 86.480


1 Dan Sayle 109.406
2 Rhys Hardisty 104.835
3 Paul Owen 103.509
4 Joe Thompson 103.067
5 Ian Lougher 101.987
6 Phil Harvey 99.701
7 James Ford 96.257
8 Neal Champion 96.137
9 Michael Sweeney 95.228
10 Colin Croft 89.198


1 John McGuinness 106.585
2 Jamie Coward 103.646
3 Chris Swallow 102.990
4 Lee Johnston 101.478
5 Ian Lougher 101.236
6 Maria Costello MBE 101.118
7 Danny Webb 98.425
8 Joe Thompson 97.330
9 Steve Ferguson 96.642
10 Peter Boast 96.378
11 James Hillier 96.183
12 Dominic Herbertson 95.721
13 Bill Swallow 95.680
14 John Barton 95.617
15 Meredydd Owen 94.081
16 Richard Wilson 93.839
17 Hefyn Owen 93.381
18 Josh Daley 93.077
19 Dave Madsen Mygdal 92.688
20 David Johnson 92.664

Words by Stevie Rial

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