2021 IRRC Superbike race action began in thrilling, compelling, exhilarating style as Lukas Maurer, Didier Grams juked it our for big bike spoils.
Quickest Mountain Course newcomer of 2019 Maurer, in the original race start had enjoyed a one second plus advantage over Marek Cerveny, G&G Motorsport’s Grams before red flags arose for the third time today.
The five lap race re-start would see Maurer have much more sustained, relentless pressure from IRRC legend Grams.
Just 0.187 separated the duo on lap 2 before Grams hit the front on lap 3. By the fourth lap though it was all change again as Maurer found that extra injection of pace, to move back into first.
From here the Swiss racer would hold onto clinch a famous victory, becoming the first rider from Switzerland to record an IRRC Supersport/Superbike race win.
Second place finisher Grams was only 0.259 behind Superstock Kawasaki mounted Maurer whilst Joey Den Besten impressed on route to a fine third place finish.
Marek Cerveny banked fourth, Laurent Hoffmann took a creditable fifth place finish as MTP Racing’s Johannes Schwimmbeck concluded the top six finishers.
Finalising the top ten from the re-started Superbike encounter were Markus Karlsson, Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Virgil Amber Bloemhard, Davy Maes and reigning Senior Classic TT runner-up Stefano Bonetti.
Mark Purslow aboard the Never Be Clever Racing BMW placed 15th, bagging one Championship point whilst another TT, Classic TT regular Raul Torras Martinez finished in 19th place.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou