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Manx Grand Prix: Kirkby, Falcon Road Racing’s Jackson Secure Newcomers B, C Victories

Newcomers B:

Emmerson Timber Frame & Carpentry supported Mark Kirkby emerged victorious in the B class part of today’s Newcomers Manx GP race, by get ready for the distance, over six minutes!

Prior to Kirkby’s Newcomers B class domination, the Hexham racer had trailed practice week pace setter Andrea Majola, who at Glen Helen on lap 1 held a 15 second advantage.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

S1-R Paton mounted Majola though would soon encounter technical troubles forcing him out of contention, which allowed Kirkby to take total control of the race.

From here there was no troubles, problems for 43 year old Kirkby, who’s final race winning advantage stood at 6 minutes 08.279 seconds.

Joining him on the Newcomers B MGP podium were seasoned Irish roads exponent Robert Cairns and John Warrington Motorcycles backed David Stiff.

There was just one more remaining from the four lap race, AMR Racing’s Russell Dodds, following early race leader Majola, McKinstry Racing’s Wayne Bourgeais retirements.

Newcomers C:

As within the B class, the C class part of the 2019 Newcomers Manx Grand Prix, was dominated by one racer, Falcon Road Racing’s Andrew Jackson.

Jackson who enjoyed strong results at the Barry Sheene Festival at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, gradually pulled away from his lead pursuers, moving during the third and final lap of the race, over a minute clear.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Come the completion of the third and final lap, Jackson’s race winning advantage as he took the chequered flag stood at 1 minute 07.009 seconds over lead chaser, fellow prominent Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough competitor Adrian Skaife.

Finalising the podium finishers alongside Jackson and Skaife was Pete Gibson, who’s racing resume includes participation at the Southern 100 and Aberdare Park Road Races.

The final class C finisher was Frenchman William Piquet, no relation to the three times Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet!

Words by Stevie Rial

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