Sean Connolly ended his 2016 pure road racing campaign in style, at the 2016 Manx Grand Prix.
The third place finisher in the 2015 Newcomers B Manx GP, began race week in consistent fashion, with a highly creditable 19th place finish in the four lap Junior race.
This was backed up by a fine 12th place finish in the feature race of the meeting, the Senior.
Piloting the VTS Transport backed ZX6R Kawasaki, Sean’s lap speed of 117.161 mph, set on the fourth and final lap, signalled that he’s not far off challenging for at least top five finishes in the future at the Manx, in the Junior and Senior classes.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Commenting on his Facebook Page, Sean stated that overall it’s been a great roads season for him, he said:
“Another year over in racing and it was a great one. With scooping 3rd in both the Irish Championship and Southern Championship in Senior support.
Third place in The Dundrod 150 National race with a lap of 115 mph and two top 20 finishes in the Manx GP and a 117 mph lap, I couldn’t be happier a total of 6 podiums in 2016.
It all couldn’t be done without the help of VTS Transport, Mark Coyne Tyre Shop Kilarney, JAS Consruction Jonny Sheehan, John Gear Carpentry,Tramore Maintenance & Construction Robbie Organ, Moore Roofing.
Jason Keane, AGR Motorsport Andy Grimshaw, M&M motors Robert Bob Mears, Barry Naughton, Wayne Hall, Tommy Heaphy and Paul, Tanya Connolly, Maureen Connolly, Nichola Connolly, and most of all Willie. I’m grateful to everyone of you and can’t wait for 2017 for hopefully more success.”
Words by Stevie Rial