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Classic TT: Tuesday Night Practice Report

Closely monitoring Manannan’s Cloak on the Mountain, Tuesday night’s Classic TT practice session got underway on time at 6:20 PM, a pleasant surprise it has to be said for competitors, teams, fans and marshals.

Setting the Superbike pace this evening was the Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey. Just scratching the surface of the potential of the 2014 race winning Padgetts YZR 500 Yamaha, the 13 times TT winners lap speed of 121.932 mph, was more than enough to top the time sheets.

Second and third fastest Kraus Racing’s Ivan Lintin (121.094) and Classic TT debutant Derek Sheils (121.039) both showed good form as did Horst Saiger (120.894), Jamie Coward (120.824) and the final remaining rider to lap in excess of 120 mph, Team York Suzuki’s David Johnson.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Laylaw Racing’s Ian Lougher sprinted to the top of the Lightweight 250 practice leader board, lapping at 113.994 mph, overhauling second fastest tonight lap record holder Bruce Anstey (113.010).

Third quickest fellow multiple times TT winner Dan Sayle (112.131) showcased why he could be a dark horse for a podium finish.

Whilst class specialists Chris Moore (110.160), Gary Vines (110.130), Phil Harvey (108.496) and Paul Owen (107.940) all looked in good fettle, same applied to JRC Racing’s Dan Kneen lapping at just a whisker over the 107 mph mark.

Michael Dunlop’s high profile return to two stroke machinery, saw him finish 14th fastest aboard the Turner Racing TZ 250 Yamaha, lapping from a standing start at 102.656 mph.

Phil McGurk (99.967) headed a close fought Junior practice session in front of Jamie Coward (99.397), Alan Oversby (99.320) and six times international road race winner Lee Johnston (99.309), with under ten seconds covering the four of them.

Photo by Mark Corlett

It was similarly tight within the marque Senior 500 class, as Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson (104.606) edged out James Cowton (104.476) to claim practice honours.

Outside of the pace setters, Josh Brookes (101.484) impressed in his first competitive outing aboard the Team Winfield Paton, finishing a very creditable seventh quickest.

Classic TT, Tuesday evening practice results per class, are as follows:

Senior:

1 Dominic Herbertson 104.606
2 James Cowton 104.476
3 Dean Harrison 103.885
4 Maria Costello MBE 103.363
5 Bill Swallow 102.963
6 Michael Rutter 102.055
7 Josh Brookes 101.484
8 William Dunlop 100.850
9 Horst Saiger 100.432
10 Olie Linsdell 100.238
11 Mark Parrett 99.491
12 Danny Webb 98.228
13 Steve Ferguson 98.228
14 Nick Jefferies 97.113
15 Meredydd Owen 96.406
16 Kiaran Hankin 95.746
17 Michael Dunlop 95.657
18 Bruno Leroy 94.502
19 James Hillier 94.310
20 Andy Lee 94.184

Junior:

1 Philip McGurk 99.967
2 Jamie Coward 99.397
3 Alan Oversby 99.320
4 Lee Johnston 99.309
5 Michael Rutter 98.569
6 Cameron Donald 95.948
7 Bob Owen 93.938
8 Steve Ferguson 93.933
9 Peter Boast 93.653
10 Hefyn Owen 93.308
11 Alex Sinclair 92.539
12 Dave Madsen Mygdal 91.625
13 Nick Jefferies 91.310
14 Dave Matravers 91.114
15 Chris McGahan 90.556
16 Dave Edwards 90.027
17 Alec Whitwell 90.008
18 Ewan Hamilton 89.352
19 Jaeson Caunce 89.312
20 Jeff Smith 89.001

Lightweight:

1 Ian Lougher 113.994
2 Bruce Anstey 113.010
3 Dan Sayle 112.131
4 Chris Moore 110.160
5 Gary Vines 110.130
6 Phil Harvey 108.496
7 Paul Owen 107.940
8 Dan Kneen 107.104
9 Stuart Hall 105.645
10 Dan Stewart 105.475
11 Chris Barratt 105.285
12 Rikki McGovern 104.692
13 Peter Boast 104.413
14 Chris Swallow 102.785
15 Michael Dunlop 102.656
16 Alex Sinclair 101.419
17 Adrian Morris 101.098
18 Derek Glass 101.033
19 Carsten Svendsen 100.528
20 Ewan Hamilton 100.138

Superbike:

1 Bruce Anstey 121.932
2 Ivan Lintin 121.094
3 Derek Sheils 121.039
4 Horst Saiger 120.894
5 Jamie Coward 120.824
6 David Johnson 120.112
7 Lee Johnston 118.909
8 Danny Webb 116.994
9 Andy Dudgeon 115.837
10 Dean Harrison 115.684
11 Dan Stewart 114.730
12 Scott Wilson 114.204
13 William Dunlop 114.164
14 Conor Cummins 113.191
15 Dan Hegarty 112.487
16 Dave Hewson 111.944
17 Ben Rea 111.916
18 Josh Brookes 111.506
19 James Hillier 111.477
20 Kiaran Hankin 111.261

Words by Stevie Rial

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