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Manx Grand Prix: Rees Scoops Newcomers B Honours

After a race long nip and tuck battle with James Hind for class honours, Welshman Michael Rees ultimately proved to strong come the completion of the four lap race.

Brother of established TT, Classic TT competitor Matt Rees, the GT Superbikes backed racer seven seconds down on TZ 250 Yamaha mounted Hind at Glen Helen on lap 3, steadily reduced the Market Rasen riders advantage sector by sector, before ultimately retaking the race lead at Cronk Ny Mona.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Three seconds clear at the end of lap 2, Rees got the hammer down on lap four, moving 12 seconds clear at Glen Helen.

From here his advantage out front just grew and grew, ultimately taking the race victory by a margin of nigh on 25 seconds.

Summing up what it means to become a Newcomers B Manx GP champion, he stated: “Absolutely amazing.”

Race runner up Hind, was equally delighted to finish on the rostrum, same notion applied to practice week pace setter Barry Sheehan, third aboard the FRSNI Bangor backed Suzuki.

Jack Fowler banked a very creditable fourth place finish, you couldn’t but not be impressed as well with Colombia’s first Manx GP competitor Daniel Fernandez, finishing an excellent fifth.

Japan’s Yoshihiro Kishimoto, hoping to compete in the future within the innovative TT Zero class, completed the top six finishers.

Remaining race finishers were Paul O’Rourke, Ray Maloney, Daniel Capper and Veronika Hankocyova, who accomplished her main goal from this meeting of lapping the fabled, magical Mountain Course at in excess of the 100 mph mark.

Words by Stevie Rial

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