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Harrison family double up

By Paul Lindsay

Bradford's Dean Harrison made history en-route to his maiden TT win in yesterday's Lightweight race on the Isle of Man.

The 25-year-old and his father Conrad – who took the Sidecar Race 1 win – are the only father and son pairing to win TT races in the same year in TT history.

It's been a terrific week for the RC Express Kawasaki rider, who also recorded a brace of fourth-placed finishes in the Supersport races this TT with Mar-Train Racing.

The quirky Yorkshire man, who was flanked on the podium by second and third placed men James Hillier and James Cowton, said: "I could go to the pub now after that."

Recounting the race he added: "My fuel light came on over the Mountain on that last lap and I was thinking, 'not now, not now, please!'

"I didn't know that Ivan had gone out," referring to quickest man during practice, Ivan Lintin, who retired in the opening miles with a mechanical problem.

"Keith Amor came past me on that last lap, so I just sat in his slipstream, rolling it off to save fuel with a bit of 'eco-riding," quipped the fast talking Harrison.

Last year's Lightweight winner James Hillier, was happy enough with second place on the Quattro Plant ER6 Kawasaki, some 13 seconds adrift of race winner Harrison, and 10 seconds ahead of third placed man James Cowton on Stewart Smith's Kawasaki.

"We had a lot of mechanical problems during practice week; my lap record is still intact, so I can't grumble too much about second place," said Hillier.

Keith Amor was the top KMR Kawasaki, coming home in fourth place and despite a huge six-gear moment at Rhencullen, the 42-year-old was still able to record the fastest lap of the race at 118.989mph.

Ballyclare's Jamie Hamilton salvaged a nightmare TT with fifth place, but will be disappointed not have been closer to a podium finish, 28 seconds back on James Cowton in third.

Oliver Linsdell took sixth, with Ryan Farquhar conspicuous by his leaderboard absence in seventh.

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