Paul Van Der Heiden won a drama fuelled Newcomers B Manx Grand Prix race, as he became Australia’s latest winner around the incredible Mountain Course.
Competing on the Les Rowe & Associates 650 Monster Ducati, Paul finished the four lap race victorious by in excess of ten seconds, over Marc Ironside on the Shirlaw’s Motorcycles backed ER6 Kawasaki.
Marc had the consolation of setting a quite brilliant brand new Newcomers B lap record, following lap speed of 111.101 mph, set on the final lap of the race.
Jonathan Perry who was the race leader on the opening laps, encountered terrible luck in his scheduled pit stop, which took him out of contention for race victory.
Despite what happened in the pit’s he regrouped on laps three and four, to battle his way to the final spot on the podium in third.
Dave Butler finished a great fourth as Denmark’s TZ 250 Yamaha mounted Carsten Svendsen, finished in fifth place.
Stuart Hall completed the top six finishers, whilst Wayne Martin and Bradley Robinson both enjoyed four productive laps of the Mountain Course, in finishing seventh and eighth.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
It’s great to see new talent from down under emerging on the roads. Paul Van Der Heiden’s win today is the first by a rider from Australia on the TT course since Cameron Donald’s 2008 Superstock TT success.
Proving a natural on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, it would not surprise me if Paul is in contention for at least a podium finish, in the Super Twins Manx GP, scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Manx Grand Prix 2016 – Newcomers B Race Results:
1 Paul Van Der Heiden
2 Marc Ironside
3 Jonathan Perry
4 Dave Butler
5 Carsten Svendsen
6 Stuart Hall
7 Wayne Martin
8 Bradley Robinson
Words by Stevie Rial