Drivers Practice Ahead Of Manx GP

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Andrew Soar in action during practice for the Manx Grand Prix. (Dave Kneen Photo)
Andrew Soar in action during practice for the Manx Grand Prix. (Dave Kneen Photo)
Andrew Soar in action during practice for the Manx Grand Prix. (Dave Kneen Photo)

ISLE OF MAN – Conditions were described as the best of the week with Manx Grand Prix riders warned of dazzling sunlight, although there were still damp patches reported at Governors Dip.

Joe Phillips and James Neesom were the first SuperTwin machines away from pit lane on Glencrutchery Road but Rob Hodson put down a marker ahead of next MGP Supporters Club SuperTwin race with an opening lap of 110.711 mph, marginally outside Neesom’s fastest of the week, which he set in Wednesday’s session.

Neesom and Gary Gittins also both posted laps of over 109mph on their first lap of the evening but Warren Verwey moved into the top three with a second lap of 109.178 mph, marginally ahead of Callum Collister’s 109.171 mph lap.

In the Lightweight’s Adrian Kershaw posted the fastest time of the night (104.339 mph) which was the second fastest of the week, behind Mick Jordan’s lap on Wednesday. Jordan himself was second fastest at 104.201 mph.

Andy Lawson and Michael Moulai continued their head to head in the Junior session with Lawson topping the board on the night a 116.729 mph lap from Moulai’s 115.469 mph pass while in the Senior session Loughborough’s Andy Soar’s time of 116.927 mph was the fastest MGP lap of the evening.

There was notable performances from Manx newcomer Billy Redmayne who timed in at 114.509 mph, the fifth fastest overall in the Junior session, and Horwich’s Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (114.356 mph) who were both ahead of Shane Egan’s Senior time of 113.214 mph.

Dean Osborne continued the strong performances from local newcomers by posting a 105.928 mph lap in the Newcomers B class with Felpham rider James Caswell-Cox the fastest newcomer C rider with a 99.843 mph pass.