ISLE OF MAN – Scotland’s Andy Lawson took advantage of Rob Hodson’s pit-stop woes on Tuesday and won a dramatic Mylchreests Motors Junior Manx Grand Prix.
Lawson won by 12 seconds over Manx newcomer Billy Redmayne with Ireland’s Andrew Farrell taking the final podium place.
Clerk of the Course Phil Taubman describe conditions as excellent on the Isle of Man with dry roads around the Mountain Course ahead of today’s IMGold Manx Grand Prix Race day, although he warned riders to be careful of the winds on the Mountain section.
Anthony Redmond was first away on Glencrutchery Road at the scheduled 10.15am start. Rob Hodson, from the Wigan racing dynasty, starting from 9th on the grid, led from James Neesom at Glen Helen with Michael Moulai third. Dean Roberts and Lawson completed the top five.
Hodson continued to dominate at the front of the field from Neesom but behind him there was a real battle for third place with Moulai moving back into the top three ahead of Farrell at the Bungalow.
Lawson (117.919) was the first to cross the line ahead of Michael Moulai (117.680) but Rob Hodson’s opening lap of 118.665 saw him take a 7 second lead from Lawson with Andrew Farrell (117.703) moving back into the top three ahead of Moulai and James Neesom (117.297) completing the top five.
Monday night’s IMGold Newcomer A Race winner Billy Redmayne was also having a great race with an opening lap of 117.135, his fastest Mountain Course lap beating the time he set in Monday night’s race, which put him into sixth place.
Hodson extended his lead at the end of his second lap (119.029) to 12.16 seconds but there was drama in the pit lane when Hodson’s pit crew had their hands on the wrong fuel pump costing him the lead. Hodson’s pit time of one minute and 53 seconds saw him drop to 8th at Glen Helen on the third lap while a lengthy pit from Andy Farrell also saw the Irish racer drop out of the top three.
Lawson’s third lap 112.954 gave him a commanding lead of 18 seconds over Billy Redmayne, who moved ahead of Moulai on the third lap, with the Manx newcomer having a sensational run.
With Moulai reported as retiring at the Crosby Hotel on the last lap, Andy Farrell again moved back into the top three and that remained the race order at the checkuered flag with Lawson (116.907/ 1:17.27.384) taking victory by 12 seconds over Redmayne (116.605/ 1:17.39.412) with Farrell (116.018/1:18.03011) in third.
Redmayne’s last lap of 119.062 was both his fastest and the fastest lap of the race. Hodson finished fourth, nine seconds off a podium place, with Andrew Soar completing the top five.