Manx GP 2022: Smith Speeds To Senior Race Glory

Manx GP 2022: Smith Speeds To Senior Race Glory
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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