Delayed by two hours, following overnight rain, inclement weather, the Mylchreests Group Senior Manx Grand Prix kick-started at 1:30 PM, with practice week pace-setter Stephen Smith first down Bray Hill. At Glen Helen it was Jamie Williams, topping the timing screens, leading David McConnachy by just 2.346 seconds. Next timing sector, Ballaugh Bridge would see pre-race favourite Smith grab the initiative, moving 0.321 in front of Williams. By Ramsey, Smith’s race lead stood at nigh-on 2.9 seconds which then extended to 9.72 seconds at the Bungalow. As opening lap proceedings culminated, Smith led JLG Racing/NCE Racing’s Williams by 13.765 seconds. McConnachy occupied third, 2.227 behind Williams with positions fourth to sixth respectively held by ‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham, Chris Cook and Victor Lopez Santos. Lap 2: Alasdair Cowan Racing’s Smith took full command, control of the Senior race on lap two. 32.81 seconds ahead of Manxman Williams at the Bungalow, as lap two finalised, Smith setting a new personal best lap speed of 121.796 mph, opened up an advantage of 37.67 seconds. Melton Mowbray’s Ingham held third just ahead of Hawick’s Cook with top Triumph pilot McConnachy dropping back to fifth. Post the scheduled pit-stops, Smith retained an extremely handy lead, despite losing a few seconds, enjoying a 30-seconds plus gap over Williams. Lap 3: There was no change in terms of the top three running order across lap three. Post lap three’s finalisation Smith led Williams by 41.239 seconds with Ingham third, just over four seconds further back. Graham Dobson Racing’s McConnachy, Xecretia Road Racing Team’s Lopez Santos overhauled Scotsman Cook for fourth, fifth. Whilst newcomers impressing, in the mix for top ten positions were IRRC Supersport front-runner Amalric Blanc and Hill Climb Champion Maurizio Bottalico. Racers reported to have retired on lap three were Michael Rees at Ginger Hall and Kieran Brockie at Ballaugh. Lap 4: Although dropping his pace slightly, 2019 Junior race runner-up Smith kept his cool, going onto wrap up Senior race spoils. Victorious by 38.6 seconds, race victory was just rewards for an extremely competent, consistent display around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course. The battle for second, saw the duo of Williams and Ingham, separated by the narrowest of margins. At the race’s conclusion, it was Ingham edging Williams for P2, by 0.068 of a second! New ‘Tommy Club’ members McConnachy, Lopez Santos placed fourth, fifth with 12 plate-holder Cook completing the top six finishers. Wrapping up the top ten finishers from another captivating, intriguing Senior Manx GP were Tom Robinson, leading newcomer Amalric Blanc, Andrew Fisher and Jack Fowler. Senior Manx Grand Prix Result: 1st – Stephen Smith 2nd – Dan Ingham 3rd – Jamie Williams 4th – David McConnachy 5th – Victor Lopez Santos 6th – Chris Cook 7th – Tom Robinson 8th – Amalric Blanc 9th – Andrew Fisher 10th – Jack Fowler 11th – Sam Mousley 12th – Maurizio Bottalico 13th – James Reveley 14th – Rad Hughes 15th – Kevin Barsby 16th – Paul Cassidy 17th – Dennis Booth 18th – Stuart McCann 19th – Lancelot Unissart 20th – Dean Osborne 21st – Gaz Evans 22nd – Tom Snow 23rd – David Brook 24th – Liam Chawke 25th – Shaun Evans 26th – Lewis Arrowsmith 27th – Justin Collins 28th – Emmett Burke 29th – Andy Lovett 30th – Dan Forbes 31st – Don Gilbert 32nd – Ross Orchard 33rd – Yann Galli 34th – Paul Marley 35th – Adam Bauer 36th – Peter Creer 37th – Rikki McGovern 38th – Nigel Rea 39th – Frankie Stennett 40th – Victor Ortega Perez 41st – Ben Plant 42nd – Richard Duncan 43rd – Richard Vuillermet Photo credit: Mark Corlett, Nick Wheeler Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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