Today’s turn back time feature sees us go back to August of 2017 and the blue riband, feature race of Manx Grand Prix race week, the three lap Senior encounter.
Evans Record Breaking Feats:
Twice breaking the existing MGP lap record, Martin Bullock Manxsport’s Michael Evans powered in style to Senior success, becoming the first racer since Andrew Brady to claim the successive Junior, Senior Manx GP victories.
Blitzing the existing lap record from a stand start lapping at 122.657 mph, he gradually pulled away from PRF Racing’s Barry Evans, who also bettered the existing lap record, moving his race lead from lap 1 of 6.1 seconds up to almost 11 seconds on lap two, as he set another new lap record, lapping at 122.866 mph.
With Welshman Evans encountering problems at the end of the third, final lap his race winning stood astonishingly at over a minute!
Reflecting on his third, but without a doubt most important Manx GP success, he said:
“I knew if I didn’t have any traffic, I could do it. I got +six, +five, +four on lap 1 and thought if I want to win this, I’ve got to concentrate, make no mistakes, get the head down.
When I got +78 on lap four at Glen Helen, I couldn’t believe it! From there just took it steady to bring it home.”
Impressive Competition All Round:
Race runner-up Barry Evans who same as his fellow namesake stepped up in 2018 to the TT Races, became at the time the second quickest racer in Manx GP history, via lapping on lap two at an average speed of 122.344 mph.
2014 Newcomers B race winner Dean Osborne placed third and also joined the prestigious ‘Tommy Club’ as David ‘The Hammer’ Lumsden who’s final lap speed of 120.956 mph, enabled him to overhaul Jamie Williams for fourth.
Finalising the top six finishers was Oliver’s Mount Scarborough specialist Nick Anderson, who’s gritty ride was made all the more impressive given that during practice week, he sustained a shoulder injury following an incident at Ramsey Hairpin.
Remaining places in the top ten were occupied by Glenn Harrison, Newcomers A race runner-up, future McAdoo Kawasaki team member Darryl Tweed, Lightweight race winner Darren Cooper and Tom Robinson.
Outside the top ten, others registering creditable finishes included future Junior MGP runner-up Stephen Smith (12th), Wayne Humble (13th), Stuart Hall (14th), Damian Horan (17th) and Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams (19th).
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou