Jamie Coward secured a maiden win around the Mountain Course when he took victory in Bank Holiday Monday’s delayed Junior Classic TT.
The West Yorkshireman brought home the Ted Woof/Craven 350 Honda 37.919 seconds ahead of the fast-finishing Michael Rutter after lingering mist delayed the race's start by nearly four hours.
The latter produced a last-lap charge to clinch runner-up spot by only 0.351 of a second on corrected time from Dominic Herbertson after three laps of hard racing.
Coward had initially trailed Lee Johnston at the top of the timing charts, the Northern Irishman building up a lead of nine seconds before he was forced to retire the Davies Motorsport 350 Honda at the Gooseneck on the penultimate lap.
This gave Coward the opportunity to secure his first Classic TT victory after six previous visits to the podium.
In the winner’s enclosure, an emotional Coward said: ’I’m over the moon. It’s just amazing. It’s always been a dream to come here and win.’
Rutter started the final lap 14 seconds down on last year’s winner Herbertson, but managed to keep with Coward after he passed him on the road. He used the tow to bring home the Ripley Land Racing Honda narrowly ahead of Herbertson on a similar Honda.
The experienced TT campaigner quipped: ’I got my head down for the last few miles!’
Derek Sheils was a minute and 15 seconds down on the top three in fourth, with Hefyn Owen fifth.
A year after a heavy crash in the 2018 Lightweight Classic TT, Sulby’s Dan Sayle finished an impressive sixth on the John Chapman Racing Honda, 4.889s down on Owen.
Sayle’s fellow locals Dean Osborne and Dave Madsen-Mygdal came home 11th and 12th respectively with Glen Vine’s Jack Hunter just outside in the top 20 in 23rd.