Callum Collister and Joe Faragher made it a Manx one-two in Wednesday morning’s Manx Grand Prix Newcomers B race.
Collister secured Martin Bullock Motorsport’s 30th Mountain Course victory by the comfortable margin of 39.2 seconds from the KMR Kawasaki-mounted Faragher thanks partly to a record-breaking last lap of 110.159mph (20:22.019). The Douglas man would later dedicate the victory to his friend Mark Madsen-Mygdal who lost his life racing at this year’s Southern 100 meeting.
Hunmanby’s James Neeson came home third a further one minute 40 seconds down on the Manx pair, edging out Peter Minns for the last podium place. Island resident Chris Mitchell became the first person with the use of only one arm to complete a race round the TT Course coming home 11th.
At the conclusion of the four-lap race Collister said: ‘I’m speechless - I wanted the win but the lap record tops it off!’
Faragher was pleased with second admitting he tried everything to close the gap on his rival: ‘I couldn’t go any harder. I gave everything on that last lap.’
In the concurrently run Newcomers A race Christopher Dixon rode his Dave Milling Motorcycles Yamaha to an impressive 22.839-second victory over Connor Behan despite suffering a 30-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Dixon led almost from start to finish, but there was a close battle behind him for the other top-three places.
Behan enjoyed a race-long duel with Jurby’s Marc Livesey that the Northwich man would eventually clinch by 13 seconds with Richard McLoughlin a further 10 seconds down in fourth.
In the Newcomers’ C race Clitheroe’s Ben Rea swept to the win by one and a half minutes from Richard Wilson. Derek Wilson was third.
More in Thursday’s Manx Independent.