21 years since competing for the first time around the fabled, mythical, illustrious Mountain Course, Falcon Road Racing’s Tom Snow joined this afternoon the Manx GP winners circle following success in the second Ultra Lightweight race.
Five seconds in arrears to Rad Hughes at Glen Helen on lap 1, the remainder of Moto 3 Honda mounted Snow’s opening lap saw him steadily reduce the gap to Hughes prior to moving into the race lead at Cronk Ny Mona.
At the completion of lap 1, he led Hughes by only 0.697 of a second, with class victor from last evening Lancelot Unissart occupying third place.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Lap two would see Manx GP veteran Snow power clear of the chasing pack, enjoying by the Bungalow an advantage of 9.66 seconds.
Come the conclusion of lap two, Snow heading into the pits for his scheduled pit stop was 12.475 seconds ahead of the RAF’s Hughes.
Not having to stop for fuel, Snow’s ultra quick brief pit stop allowed him to open on lap three a forty plus second advantage over Hughes, which he maintained to the chequered flag, taking the race honours by an astonishing 44.220 seconds.
Second place finisher Hughes, was delighted to secure a first Manx GP podium finish, whilst third place finisher Lancelot Unissart, route to another podium finish this week was made all the more challenging given that he had incurred a pit lane speeding penalty.
In spite of the 30 second penalty applied to him, he still finished 3.581 seconds ahead of third place finisher from last evening, CSC Racing’s Alex Sinclair.
Sussex’s Lloyd Collins was an excellent fourth as Sebastian Witt, Steve Price, Newcomers C race winner Andrew Jackson, Sarah Boyes and Jason Lamb rounded out the top ten finishers.
Remaining race finishers were Andrew Cowie, Newcomers C race runner-up Adrian Skaife, Steve Moody, Shelley Pike and Nigel Moore.
Words by Stevie Rial