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Hind Stars, Butler, Ingham Show Great Form, Newcomers Impress In Friday’s Afternoon’s MGP Practice Session

With vastly improved conditions, improved weather finally venturing upon the Mountain Course, it was no surprise that this afternoon’s Manx GP practice session proved an immensely productive one for ten’s of competitors.

Various racers starred within the 2:10 PM started session, including 19 years old James Hind.

Runner up in last year’s Newcomers B race, Bass Tyre Services/NLC Components supported Hind unofficially today joined the ‘Tommy Club’, lapping at a brilliant 120.25 mph.

The youngest competitor at this year’s Manx GP, it’s fair to say Hind’s pace has taken many by surprise but not those who have witnessed his talents up close in the Thundersport GB fraternity.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Behind Hind, lead chasers Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed (119.47 mph) and Chris Preston Racing’s Nathan Harrison (119.05 mph) additionally looked in excellent form as did David McConnachy (118.06 mph) and Lightweight class pace setter Dave ‘Sideshow’ Butler (117.77 mph).

Leading 750 mounted racer was Strangford Holiday Park supported, Ultra Lightweight class pace setter Dan Ingham (117.52 mph), who finished overall sixth fastest within the Senior class times sheet.

Outside of Dave Butler’s exploits, others to show impressive pace aboard 250/650cc machinery within the Lightweight class included reigning class Champion Andy Farrell (110.07 mph), TZ 250 Yamaha mounted Gary Vines (109 mph) and leading Australian MGP exponent Royce Rowe (110.20 mph).

Reflecting on the newcomers classes, one couldn’t but not be impressed with the standard of riding from the Mountain Course debutants, who have had an ultra challenging maiden Manx GP practice week voyage.

Class A Pace was set by French star, multi times IRRC Supersport race winner Pierre Yves Bian (108.51 mph), who enjoyed a very productive first competitive outing aboard the Martimotos Racing Yamaha.

Just over 20 seconds down on the pace shown by Yves Bian was Mike Mace (106.73 mph), whilst overall eight Newcomers A class competitors broke past the 100 mph lap barrier.

Newcomers B, C practice honours respectively went to S1-R Paton mounted Andrea Majola (103.27 mph) and Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough stalwart Adrian Skaife (93.62 mph).

Respective lead chasers to Majola and Skaife in the A, B newcomers classes were Mark Kirkby (97.18 mph) and Pete Gibson (93.25 mph).

Practice results per class are as follows:

Lightweight:

1 Dave Butler 111.05
2 Royce Rowe 110.20
3 Andy Farrell 110.07
4 Gary Vines 109.00
5 Francesco Curinga 108.73
6 Darryl Tweed 108.35
7 Chris Moore 108.01
8 Richard Stubbs 107.69
9 Ian Gardner 107.17
10 Brad Vicars 107.05
11 Mark Purslow 107.00
12 Dave Quine 106.99
13 Marc Colvin 106.20
14 Pete Murray 104.86
15 Jack Fowler 104.33
16 Gavin Brown 104.24
17 Renzo Van Der Donckt 104.19
18 Steven Horne 103.99
19 Wayne Axon 103.70
20 Jamie Edwards 103.62
21 Richard Saville 103.32
22 Ray Maloney 102.83
23 David McConnachy 102.70
24 Michael Rees 102.04
25 Paul Wardell 102.01
26 Garth Woods 101.08
27 Steven Beale 100.63
28 Veronika Hankocyova 100.51
29 Robert Nelson 100.26
30 Tommy Henry 100.09
31 Daniel Fernandez 100.02
32 Nick Southerwood 99.83
33 Adrian Morris 99.42
34 Mike Minns 98.63
35 Nige Rea 98.57
36 Paul Williams 97.55
37 Martin Currams 94.24
38 John Bain 94.19
39 Bradley Robinson 88.14

Ultra Lightweight:

1 Dan Ingham 104.16
2 James Caswell 103.52
3 Tom Snow 101.46
4 Lancelot Unissart 101.34
5 Rad Hughes 101.03
6 Andrew Cowie 99.16
7 Lloyd Collins 97.84
8 Jason Lamb 97.74
9 Steve Price 97.63
10 Arnie Shelton 96.95
11 Richard Vuillermet 96.15
12 Steve Moody 95.29
13 Alan Johnston 94.05
14 Nigel Moore 93.90
15 Derek Wilkie 92.38
16 David Murphy 90.65
17 Sarah Boyes 90.56
18 Mike Carter 90.51
19 Yuri Barrigan 89.76

Junior:

1 James Hind 120.25
2 Darryl Tweed 119.47
3 Nathan Harrison 119.05
4 David McConnachy 118.06
5 Dave Butler 117.77
6 Andy Farrell 117.28
7 Francesco Curinga 117.19
8 Steven Procter 117.17
9 Stephen Parsons 116.84
10 Andrew Fisher 116.81
11 Stephen Smith 114.91
12 Arnie Shelton 114.58
13 Brad Vicars 114.53
14 Adrian Hartog 114.27
15 Royce Rowe 114.07
16 Steven Horne 112.34
17 Grant Gaskell 112.32
18 Gaz Evans 112.29
19 Ryan Maher 111.78
20 Teddy Bresson 111.45
21 Damian Horan 111.32
22 Richard Stubbs 111.04
23 Shaun Evans 110.98
24 Chris Cook 110.97
25 Lee Hembury 110.43
26 Stuart McCann 109.39
27 Chris Sarbora 109.31
28 Colin Croft 109.27
29 Tommy Henry 108.86
30 Jason Heritage 108.85

Senior:

1 James Hind 120.25
2 Darryl Tweed 119.47
3 Nathan Harrison 119.05
4 David McConnachy 118.06
5 Dave Butler 117.77
6 Dan Ingham 117.52
7 Andy Farrell 117.28
8 Francesco Curinga 117.19
9 Steven Procter 117.17
10 Stephen Parsons 116.84
11 Andrew Fisher 116.81
12 Damian Horan 115.93
13 Stephen Smith 114.91
14 Arnie Shelton 114.58
15 Brad Vicars 114.53
16 Adrian Hartog 114.27
17 Royce Rowe 114.07
18 Andy McCallister 112.56
19 Steven Horne 112.34
20 Grant Gaskell 112.32
21 Gaz Evans 112.29
22 Ryan Maher 111.78
23 Teddy Bresson 111.45
24 Damian Horan 111.32
25 Richard Stubbs 111.04
26 Shaun Evans 110.98
27 Chris Cook 110.97
28 Lee Hembury 110.43
29 Stuart McCann 109.39
30 Chris Sarbora 109.31

Newcomers A:

1 Pierre Yves Bian 108.51
2 Mike Mace 106.73
3 Lewis Bramwell 105.39
4 Alun Brooks 104.55
5 Mike Brew 102.09
6 Ben Wales 101.23
7 Liam Chawke 100.80
8 Paul Marley 100.14
9 Chris Stuart 99.07
10 Danila Krasniuk 98.41
11 David Brook 97.95
12 Victor Ortega 97.87
13 Krystian Paluch 96.58
14 Ivo Ladde 96.08
15 Quentin Limousin 96.02
16 Chris North 94.38
17 Nicolas Robert 92.53

Newcomers B:

1 Andrea Majola 103.27
2 Mark Kirkby 97.18
3 Wayne Bourgeais 93.37
4 Robert Cairns 87.64
5 David Stiff 86.67
6 Russell Dodds 84.26

Newcomers C:

1 Adrian Skaife 93.62
2 Pete Gibson 93.25
3 Andrew Jackson 92.67
4 Kenneth Koernov 86.20
5 William Piquet 86.10

Words by Stevie Rial

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