Ryan Farquhar wins 500cc Classic at Manx Grand Prix

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Dungannon man beats Castletown’s Chris Palmer by nearly two minutes

RYAN Farquhar claimed his second win of this week’s Manx Grand Prix Festival with victory in Wednesday’s 500cc Classic race.

The TT ace cruised to his eighth MGP triumph finishing nearly two minutes ahead of Castletown’s Chris Palmer on his Paton BIC in the four-lap race that was delayed by an hour because of mist on the Mountain.

Wattie Brown looked likely to mark his 30th Manx Grand Prix with third, but he was forced to walk his bike in when his Petty Norton agonisingly conked out at Governor’s Dip - Brown eventually finishing 10th.

Mark Herbertson took advantage of the Scotsman’s misfortune to claim third on his Matchless G50, finishing 42 seconds down on Palmer. Steve Linsdell was fourth and Meredydd Owen fifth.

Like Monday’s 350cc Classic, the Okell’s-sponsored race was a war of attrition. Last year’s winner Roy Richardson was forced to retire in the pits at the end of lap two after problems with his brakes.

In the concurrently run Formula Classic race, only Mark Parrett finished from the four bikes that started the class. Manx hopefuls Chris McGahan and David Madsen-Mygdal both led for spells, but mechanical problems forced both to retire.

Racing continues this afternoon at 2.15pm with the Supertwin/Lightweight MGP.

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