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Pre TT Classic: Race Day Wrap Up

Further increasing his record as the most successful rider in Pre TT Classic event history, Mike Hose claimed a dominant Lightweight 250 class success, winning by just over 9.5 seconds over nearest challenger Ewan Hamilton.

Runner up Hamilton headed a strong contingent of Suzuki mounted racers which included Jeff Ward and Irish roads stalwart Brian Mateer who finished respectively third and fourth.

Almost on lap record pace, 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton chalked up on Sunday afternoon for the fifth year in succession at the Blackfords Pre TT Classic Road Races, the Post Classic Junior Superbike crown, following another first class performance around the Colas Billown course.

Victorious by over 20 seconds, Kilham’s Cowton piloting the David Binch backed TZ 250 Yamaha showcased the type of form that took him last week to a maiden North West 200 triumph.

Joining the very much on form Cowton on the Post Classic Junior Superbike race rostrum were Ryan Kneen and Sidecar TT great Dan Sayle.

850cc Classics honours went to Greenall Racing’s Steve Ferguson, who also finished third in a shortened Junior 350 race due to inclement weather which saw Dominic Herbertson as in the Senior 500 race hold off the challenge of Davies Motorsport team mate Alan Oversby, to clinch another hard fought victory.

Senior Manx GP champion Michael Evans added another notable victory to his increasingly impressive roads CV in the form of winning a Post Classic Superbike race which like the prior Junior 350 race was red flagged as further intermittent weather entered the horizon.

The versatile Peter Boast, Pre TT Classic record holder Mike Hose joined Wilcock Consulting Racing’s Evans, on the Post Classic Superbike race podium.

Whilst high profile event newcomers from France, Timothee Monot and ex Moto GP World Championship competitor Bernard Fau, maiden Pre TT Classic expeditions ended with respective creditable results of 14th and 24th.

Photo by Jim Gibson

Sidecars wise there was no stopping the BMW powered duo of Eddy Wright/Kieran Clarke who claimed a stellar hat trick of victories via success in both heat races and the showpiece open final encounter.

Words by Stevie Rial

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