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Harrison takes strong Classic TT win

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« on: August 29, 2015, 06:53:39 pm »

Yorkshire’s Dean Harrison, riding the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta, won an eventful Bennetts 500cc race, the opening race of the 2015 Classic TT meeting.

Harrison went in front at Ramsey on the opening lap and eventually finished 26 seconds ahead of Ian Lougher on the Giovanni Cabassi Paton with Harrison’s teammate Lee Johnston taking the final podium place.

With the Patons of John McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar and Lougher the fastest three qualifiers for the Bennetts 500cc Classic TT Race, the illustrious trio were the clear pre-race favourites.

However, the old adage that ‘to finish first you first have to finish’ has never proved more appropriate with the Team Winfield pair retiring on the opening lap in Ramsey.  Welshman Lougher’s challenge was also effectively over after he picked up a thirty second pit penalty, as he did in the same race in 2014, after a refuelling pit stop at the end of the first lap, although a dramatic charge from the Flitwick Motorcycles rider through the field saw him move up from 8th to take the runner up spot.

McGuinness and Farquhar were the first two to Glen Helen on the opening lap with Dean Harrison splitting the Patons with Lougher in fourth.  However it was clear that the Team Winfield pair were both experiencing problems.  McGuinness had dropped to fifth by Ballaugh and retired at Parliament Square where he was joined by Farquhar leaving Dean Harrison in front at Ramsey from Lougher with Lee Johnston third and Michael Dunlop and Dan Cooper completing the top five.

Harrison’s opening lap of 110.463 gave him a 15 second from Lougher at the end of the opening lap and with Lougher’s pit stop and penalty the lead was extended to well over a minute from the Welshman by Glen Helen on the second lap. Harrison’s teammate Lee Johnston was his closest challenger and at the end of the second lap he was18 seconds behind with Michael Dunlop in third. Lougher had moved up to fourth with Danny Webb completing the top five.

The pre-race debate centred around refuelling with the single cylinders of the likes of Michael Dunlop and Danny Webb on the ’62 Molnar Manx Nortons, running straight through while the twins, triples and fours were obliged to pit on the 151 mile race but the MV’s and Lougher’s Paton proved too strong on the road and the pit stop didn’t dramatically influence the race, apart from Lougher’s penalty.

All eyes were at the first timing point at Glen Helen on the third lap, after Harrison and Johnston came into the pits and while Harrison remained in front albeit only three seconds ahead of Dunlop, Johnston had dropped to third, fourteen seconds behind Dunlop with Lougher now only four seconds behind Johnston and Danny Webb completing the top five.

Lougher moved up into second place at the end of the third lap but Harrison’s lead was up to 25 seconds and the Yorkshireman duly brought the MV home for a dominant win in 108.855 (01:23.11.161) from Lougher who recorded 108.273 (1:23.37.965) with Lee Johnston taking the final podium place with107.972 (01:23.51.978).  Michael Dunlop was reported as retired at the Mountain Box on the last lap leaving Jamie Coward on the Craven Honda to take fourth place. Chris Swallow, first single cylinder machine home, riding the D.G Kenah Norton completed the top five. He was followed home by Keith Amor on the Tony Dunnell/Rig Deluge Manx Norton after fighting back from an unscheduled first lap pitstop which left him in twelfth place at the start of the second lap. Dave Madsen Mygdal, who finished seventh, stood on the podium as the first privateer home.

Johannes Van de Pol came off at Tower Bends and was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital where he was reported to have leg fractures.

Away from today’s race the attention was focused on Bruce Anstey’s F1 qualifying lap earlier in the day when the flying Kiwi scorched round the Mountain Course. Transponder issues meant that he was awarded a time of 122.546 (18.23) for both laps but with the second a flying lap, speculation was that he had exceeded the Classic TT lap record of 123.894mph that he set last year.

Regardless, the kiwi is clearly set fair for Monday’s Motorsport Merchandise F1 Race although Peter Hickman with a 123.364 (18.21.037) in the same session, topped the overall F1 qualifying leader board and will undoubtedly challenge the Kiwi for the race win as will fellow Kawasaki mounted Dean Harrison and Team Classic Suzuki pair Michael Dunlop and Lee Johnston.

In the 350cc qualifying session ahead of Monday’s Okells 350cc race, Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda (100.665) and Dan Cooper on the Team Molnar Manx Norton (99.364) both clocked their fastest laps of the week to finish second and third overall on the qualifying leaderboard but the pair were behind Lee Johnston’s time (102.321/22:07.468) from Thursday’s session.

500cc Race

1 12 Dean Harrison MV Agusta / Black Eagle Racing 01:23:11.161 108.855 GP2 Silver
2 11 Ian Lougher CMM Paton / Giovanni Cabassi/Flitwick Mot 01:23:37.965 108.273 GP2 Silver
3 13 Lee Johnston MV Agusta / Black Eagle Racing 01:23:51.978 107.972 GP2 Silver
4 17 Jamie Coward Craven / Craven Honda K4 /Ted Woof 01:25:40.908 105.684 GP2 Silver
5 18 Chris Swallow Norton / D.G.Kenah 01:25:51.043 105.476 GP1 Silver
6 14 Keith Amor Manx Norton / Tony Dunnell / Rigdeluge 01:29:17.268 101.416 GP1 Silver
7 25 David Madsen-Mygdal Honda / Team Gimbert Racing 01:31:13.800 99.257 P2 Silver
8 19 Ivan Lintin Seeley / Brian Richards 01:31:20.727 99.131 GP1 Bronze
9 21 Wattie Brown Norton 01:31:44.182 98.709 P1 Silver
10 47 Philip McGurk BSA 01:32:09.852 98.251 P1 Silver
11 37 Dave Matravers Seeley / Round Oak Services Ltd 01:32:50.788 97.529 P1 Silver
12 38 Bruno Leroy Vincent / Patrick Godet 01:32:53.456 97.482 P1 Silver
13 36 Barry Davidson Honda / RJP Racing 01:33:49.691 96.508 P2 Silver
14 34 Doug Snow Ducati / John Snow 01:34:07.906 96.197 P1 Silver
15 50 David Sellers Drixton Honda / Chris Hughes Racing 01:34:15.698 96.065 P2 Silver
16 46 Alec Whitwell Bates Honda / Geoff Bates Racing 01:35:23.928 94.919 P2 Silver
17 55 Keith Clarke Norton / Izzard Racing 01:35:30.552 94.810 P1 Silver
18 52 Henry Bell Honda 01:36:07.427 94.204 P2 Bronze
19 60 Dean Martin Honda / Davies Motorsport 01:36:17.215 94.044 P2 Bronze
20 73 Andy Lee Norton / Brookside Garage Sabden / Wiz N 01:37:26.010 92.937 P1 Bronze
21 56 Mick Moreton Paton 01:38:03.384 92.347 P2 Bronze
22 62 Edward Poole Norton / Sheila M Poole 01:38:56.799 91.516 P1 Bronze
23 71 Grant Sellars Norton / Self 01:39:53.758 90.646 P1 Bronze
24 80 Brian Cooper Norton 01:39:55.336 90.622 P1 Bronze
25 61 Arthur Browning Seeley 01:40:00.205 90.549 P1 Bronze
26 58 Ian Bainbridge Norton / Mutley Racing 01:42:03.667 88.723 P1
27 68 David Webber Petty Norton / Team Tortoise 01:42:08.126 88.659 P1
28 72 Geoff Bates Bates Honda / Geoff Bates Racing 01:42:18.885 88.503 P2
29 88 Paul Matravers Norton / Round Oak Services Ltd 01:43:31.652 87.467 P1
30 83 Arthur Jones Matchless / J.A.Jones Engineering 01:44:47.772 86.408 P1
31 78 Roy Phipps Honda / Biketech Stoke Ltd 01:45:35.247 85.760 P2
32 82 Lee Jennings* Dunnel / Lee Jennings/FWR/Lee Jennings 01:21:05.316 83.753 P1
33 90 Jan Koning ABSAF Seeley / ABSAF 01:23:46.236 81.071
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