Ryan Farquhar wins 350cc Classic Manx Grand Prix

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Barry Davidson takes the honours in the concurrent 250cc race

RYAN Farquhar claimed a comfortable victory in Monday morning’s 350cc Classic Manx Grand Prix despite damp and windy conditions around the Mountain Course.

The TT star brought his 1972 Honda Drixton home 43 seconds ahead of Castletown’s Chris Palmer who had initially led the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise-sponsored contest.

A further two minutes down on Palmer at the conclusion was last year’s winner Roy Richardson who admitted that he’d been delighted to just finish such were the tough conditions around the northern section of the world-famous Course.

Wily campaigner Bill Swallow brought his Ripley Land AJS home fourth, while Douglas man Dave Madsen-Mygdal was fifth.

Peel’s Chris McGahan had been challenging for a podium place, but he was forced to retire with a split tank.

In the concurrent lightweight 250cc Classic, a thrilling battle developed at the head of the standings.

Ewan Hamilton did the initial pacesetting, but he was forced to retire after problems in the pits. Maria Costello MBE then took up the mantle, building up a lead after electing not to pit till the start of the last lap.

However, her ‘splash and dash’ strategy backfired as she ran out of petrol at Governor’s Dip near then end of her fourth and final lap. Incredibly she still managed to finish third behind race winner Barry Davidson and Peter Wakefield after pushing her Suzuki T20 along Glencrutchery Road and in, becoming the first woman to claim two podium finishes at the MGP in the process.

Ahead of Costello, Northern Irishman Davidson finished 37 seconds ahead of Wakefield in a race which was a real battle of attrition with only half a dozen making the finish line.

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