Chris Palmer takes Classic 350cc honours

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

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Castletown’s Chris Palmer produced a dominant display to take the win in the Okell’s 350 Classic TT on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

The adopted Manxman brought home his Ripley Land Racing Honda one minute eight seconds ahead of TT ace and Ripley team-mate Cameron Donald. AJS-mounted Donald was in turn nine seconds ahead of Norton man Daniel Cooper.

Palmer, who admitted after the four-lap contest that this is likely to be his last year of competitive racing, jostled with Roy Richardson for the lead in the early stages of the race. Further back there was an equally tight battle unfolding for third between Alan Oversby and Saturday’s 500cc winner Olie Linsdell.

Palmer managed to build a small lead of just over four seconds after the first lap, which would jump up to a healthy 36 seconds at Ramsey on lap two after Richardson dropped out at Glen Duff.

Oversby briefly moved up to second, but he and Linsdell were forced to retire in the pits at the end of lap two with mechanical problems.

Chris Swallow slotted into second, the slow-starting Donald moving into the top three as they passed the Grandstand for the second time.

The podium positions remained static for the third circuit round the Mountain Course, Palmer gradually edging his lead up to a comfortable 51.689 seconds. Swallow looked well placed to claim runners up spot as the 350s began their last lap, but disaster was to strike as he was forced to retire at Gorselea promoting Donald to second and Cooper to third.

Donald pushed to stay ahead of the fast-finishing Cooper over the final 37.73 miles, the charismatic Aussie eventually coming home nine seconds ahead of the Stroud man.

Nigel Moore and Doug Snow completed the top five with island residents Dave Madsen-Mygdal and Conor Cummins sixth and seventh. Alex Sinclair was the leading privateer in eighth.

In the concurrently run 250cc race was won by Jonathan Cutts by a whopping margin of one minute 39.826 seconds from Peter Wakefield and Geoff Bates. Ewan Hamilton had led for the first couple of laps only to overhauled by Cutts, Hamilton eventually retiring in Ramsey on the last lap as he pushed hard to re-take the lead.

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