Ulster hopes dashed as Ivan Lintin reigns
Broken machinery put a halt to any chance of a Northern Ireland victory in yesterday's Lightweight TT race, which was won by Ivan Lintin on the RC Express Kawasaki.
The 30-year-old Lincolnshire man, whose biggest win before the TT was lifting the Scarborough Gold Cup, said: "I don't know what to say really. My mechanic said before the start, 'let's make this dream happen' and that is what we have done.
"I came here to the Manx GP a few years ago and did 116mph on a 600cc machine and wondered how I would ever go faster.
"Now we are doing a 120mph lap and winning a race on a commuter bike, which should have panniers and a top box on it!"
It was the second successive success in the class for the Bristol based team, who took victory in 2014 with Dean Harrison. Quattro Plant Kawasaki's James Hillier reduced the gap to just four seconds on the run over the Mountain on the third and final lap - setting a new lap record at 120.848mph en route to second place.
Veteran Michael Rutter took third position on the Kawasaki powered Paton machine run by former TT top man Ian Lougher, some 34 seconds adrift of Hillier, but there was major disappointment for local KMR Kawasaki duo Ryan Farquhar and Lee Johnston, who both retired from potential podium positions.
Rutter said of his third place and his 14th career podium at the TT: "I'd have been happy with a top 10 here and there is more to come from this bike. I just wish I'd spent more time on it in practice."
Jamie Hamilton was the top local rider, finishing fifth on the Cookstown BE Racing Kawasaki.
The Ballyclare lad had a poor opening lap but fought back from eighth place to record a personal best lap of 118.362mph on the penultimate lap.
Newcomer Derek McGee finished 11th on the Wogan Racing machine, with the Mullingar man's best effort coming in at 114.508mph.
Female racer Maria Costello - a big hit with Irish fans - celebrated her birthday by finishing 17th, just one place lower than her personal best in the Lightweight class at the TT. She recorded a best lap of 113.177mph.