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Manx Grand Prix: Friday Evening Practice Report

With blue skies, bright sunny weather finally venturing upon the Mountain Course, it was no surprise that tonight’s Manx GP practice session proved an immensely productive one for ten’s of competitors.

Tommy club member Dean Osborne respectively set the Junior/Senior pace, becoming the first rider this week to top the 117, 118 mph marks, achieving a quickest lap speed of 118.466 mph.

Behind Osborne, the closely matched trio of Andy Farrell (116.460), James Chawke (116.320), Steven Procter (116.213) all looked in good form, as did Ultra Lightweight practice week leader Darryl Tweed (115.766).

Leading 750 mounted racer was experienced Irishman Damian Horan (116.325), who finished overall third fastest within the Senior class time sheets.

Heading the Ultra Lightweight time sheets tonight were Melton Mowbray’s Dan Ingham (102.016), Irish roads stalwart Nigel Moore (99.318) and seasoned Manx GP exponent Jason Lamb (99.286).

Without a doubt the most keenly contested battle for practice supremacy this evening, arose within the Lightweight class with David Lumsden, Spain’s Victor Lopez Santos, Andy Farrell and S1-R Paton mounted James Chawke all closely matched.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

In the end it was Skerries Farrell courtesy of a nigh on lap speed of 111.8 mph, who finished quickest by just over three seconds in front of Martimotos backed Lopez Santos (111.582).

Reflecting on Newcomers practice, class A pace was again set by Michael Browne (110.704), closely followed on the time sheets by fellow countryman Thomas Maxwell (110.370).

Scotsman Steven Haddow (110.238) also topped the 110 mph mark, whilst Nathan Harrison (108.249) brother of TT Races competitor Glenn Harrison additionally impressed.

Newcomers B practice honours went the way of Cookstown Junior Support victor Barry Sheehan, lapping at a very creditable 102.912 mph.

Second, third, fourth quickest respectively Daniel Fernandez (101.408), Michael Rees (101.264), James Hind all dipping over the 101 mph mark, like class leader Sheehan all already look to have a deft touch on the world famous roads of the much loved, fabled and illustrious Mountain Course.

Results per class from this evening’s practice session, are as follows:

Junior:

1 Dean Osborne 118.466
2 Andy Farrell 116.460
3 James Chawke 116.320
4 Steven Procter 116.213
5 Darryl Tweed 115.766
6 David Lumsden 115.760
7 Stephen Smith 115.717
8 Matt Stevenson 115.681
9 Adrian Hartog 114.763
10 Victor Lopez Santos 114.346
11 David McConnachy 114.116
12 Wayne Humble 114.104
13 Stephen Parsons 113.923
14 Brad Vicars 113.658
15 Stuart Hall 112.855
16 Jason Corcoran 112.568
17 Brendan Fargher 112.549
18 Gareth Evans 112.325
19 Shaun Evans 112.279
20 Andrew Fisher 111.977

Senior:

1 Dean Osborne 118.466
2 Andy Farrell 116.460
3 Damian Horan 116.325
4 James Chawke 116.320
5 Steven Procter 116.213
6 Darryl Tweed 115.766
7 David Lumsden 115.760
8 Stephen Smith 115.717
9 Matt Stevenson 115.681
10 Brendan Fargher 115.363
11 Adrian Hartog 114.763
12 Victor Lopez Santos 114.346
13 David McConnachy 114.116
14 Wayne Humble 114.104
15 Stephen Parsons 113.923
16 Brad Vicars 113.658
17 Stuart Hall 112.855
18 Jason Corcoran 112.568
19 Gareth Evans 112.325
20 Shaun Evans 112.279

Lightweight:

1 Andy Farrell 111.794
2 Victor Lopez Santos 111.582
3 David Lumsden 111.458
4 James Chawke 111.411
5 Chris Moore 109.081
6 Gary Vines 108.469
7 Ryan Maher 107.433
8 Dave Quine 106.499
9 Jamie Edwards 104.948
10 Brad Vicars 104.601
11 Richard Stubbs 103.692
12 Rodger Wibberley 103.507
13 Paul Wardell 103.203
14 Barry Sheehan 102.912
15 Richard Saville 102.119
16 Peter Moore 101.802
17 Daniel Fernandez 101.408
18 Stephen Ault 100.578
19 Ali Foster 100.488
20 Brian Appleton 100.484

Ultra Lightweight:

1 Dan Ingham 102.016
2 Nigel Moore 99.318
3 Jason Lamb 99.286
4 Tom Snow 97.640
5 Carsten Svendsen 97.602
6 Andrew Cowie 97.116
7 Adrian Morris 93.869
8 Mike Carter 93.680
9 Derek Wilkie 92.860
10 Kevin ‘Ago’ Murphy 90.646
11 Steve Price 88.002

Newcomers A:

1 Michael Browne 110.704
2 Thomas Maxwell 110.370
3 Steven Haddow 110.238
4 Nathan Harrison 108.475
5 James Reveley 104.312
6 Grant Gaskell 104.069
7 Lloyd Collins 104.023
8 John Pilloud 103.375
9 Arnie Shelton 102.708
10 Herve Somson 102.680
11 James Field 102.262
12 Andrew McAllister 101.913
13 Ben Shuttlewood 101.717
14 David Murphy 99.886
15 Paul Fallon 99.865
16 Alan Johnston 99.488
17 Benjamin Plant 98.924
18 James Buchanan 92.237

Newcomers B:

1 Barry Sheehan 102.912
2 Daniel Fernandez 101.408
3 Michael Rees 101.264
4 James Hind 101.169
5 Paul O’Rourke 98.336
6 James Smith 97.008
7 Daniel Capper 96.171
8 Ray Maloney 95.525
9 Veronika Hankocyova 95.151
10 Jack Fowler 95.020

Words by Stevie Rial

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