Day three of the Virtual TT Powered by Motul began with Wincester’s Darrell Grundy setting a very impressive lap time of 15 minutes 57 seconds, just 13 seconds off Davey Todd’s pace setting lap time from Monday night.
Electing to pilot 1000cc machinery in the form of Dean Harrison’s Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, Grundy alongside setting the fastest lap time in terms of non real life racer participants also now places second quickest overall on the individual Virtual TT competitor leader board.
Grundy’s team mate, Julien Toniutti who is a technical consultant for the TT Ride on the Edge 2 video game, endured a more testing time virtually around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
Toniutti competing on the S1000RR BMW that he took 24th in the record breaking Senior TT from 2018, protracted lap which involved an incident on the entrance to Crosby ended with a lap time of 20 minutes 43 seconds.
Speaking afterwards, France’s fastest TT Races competitor stated: “In real life it’s more easy!”
Team Toniutti’s combined lap time registered at 36 minutes 40 seconds, placing them currently ninth within the Virtual TT standings.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Attentions then turned to Team Cummins which included Manx TT, International roads star Conor Cummins. Prior to the 10 times TT podium finisher’s lap, team mate renowned photographer Louis Porter took centre stage.
Porter like Darrell Grundy chose Dean Harrison’s Silicone Engineering Kawasaki as his machine of choice, for his sole around the 37 and three quarter miles long Mountain Course.
Making the most of his local knowledge allied to his video gaming skills, he went onto place overall individually third fastest, lapping at 16 minutes 35 seconds.
Following’s Porter’s highly competitive display, despite his lack of confidence beforehand Manx team mate Cummins competing on his real life Milenco by Padgetts Honda Fireblade mount, showed an accomplished turn of pace.
His lap time of 17 minutes 25 seconds, which included a spill at Alpine was more than enough to propel Team Cummins to second behind Team Todd on the Virtual TT leader board, which now is as follows:
1 Davey Todd/Sam Tipper 32 minutes 29 seconds
2 Conor Cummins/Louis Porter 34 minutes
3 Raul Torras Martinez/Aaron Hislop 34 minutes 50 seconds
4 Jamie Coward/Kenny Lam 35 minutes 13 seconds
5 Julien Toniutti/Darrell Grundy 36 minutes 40 seconds
6 Rennie Scaysbrook/Stefy Bau 43 minutes 50 seconds
Words by Stevie Rial