Road Racing News

Manx Grand Prix: Hind Powers To Successive Lightweight Class Triumph

Market Rasen’s James Hind powered this afternoon to a second successive Lightweight Manx GP triumph, following another top draw performance on the Dennis Trollope Racing TZ 250 Yamaha.

2.282 seconds behind Francesco Curinga at Glen Helen on lap 1, it wasn’t long till Hind exerted his authority on the race, moving into the race lead at Ballaugh Bridge, then pulling five seconds clear at the Bungalow.

3.552 seconds ahead of S1-R Paton mounted Curinga at the end of lap 1, lap 2 saw the Junior/Lightweight MGP lap record holder up his race lead to in excess of 13.4 seconds.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Lap three began with Hind under pressure to keep the race lead on the run to Glen Helen, after having a relatively slow pit stop which allowed Italian star Curinga to close to within just under two tenths of a second.

By Ballaugh Bridge though Hind was back into the groove, moving 6.244 seconds clear, which extended at Ramsey Hairpin to plus ten seconds.

From here there was no catching highly rated new roads talent Hind, who went onto secure Manx GP Supporters Club Lightweight Manx Grand Prix race 2 victory by 11.572 seconds.

Finalising the podium finishers behind Hind & Curinga was Dave ‘Sideshow’ Butler, who takes his Manx GP rostrum finishes tally into triple figures.

Newcomers B front runner Andrea Majola finished an excellent fourth, GT Superbikes backed Michael Rees claimed fifth as VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars completed the top six.

Positions 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th were acquired respectively by Paul Wardell, Belgium’s Renzo Van Der Donckt, Marc Colvin and Port Erin based Gavin Brown.

Outside the first ten finishers, others to quietly impress on route to impressive finishes included Jack Fowler (11th), Steven Horne (12th), Team York Suzuki’s Rodger Wibberley (13th), James Ford (14th).

Veronika Hankocyova (15th), Mike Minns (17th), Colombia’s Daniel Fernandez (18th) and Irish Road Race Senior Support Championship front runner Tommy Henry (20th).

Manx GP Supporters Club Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, race result is as follows:

1 James Hind
2 Francesco Curinga
3 Dave Butler
4 Andrea Majola
5 Michael Rees
6 Brad Vicars
7 Paul Wardell
8 Renzo Van Der Donckt
9 Marc Colvin
10 Gavin Brown
11 Jack Fowler
12 Steven Horne
13 Rodger Wibberley
14 James Ford
15 Veronika Hankocyova
16 Pete Murray
17 Mike Minns
18 Daniel Fernandez
19 Wayne Axon
20 Tommy Henry
21 Steven Beale
22 Paul Williams
23 Martin Currams
24 Robert Cairns

Words by Stevie Rial

>