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114mph Michael scorches to a new record in island win

 

By Roy Harris

King of the Island, Michael Dunlop won the opening Senior race with a record lap of 114.173mph after a titanic battle with his adversary from Tuesday evening Dan Kneen during a fast and furious second evening of racing at the Southern 100, his second successive win.

All class lap records took a hammering during a fast and furious night's racing.

Then, in the 250/650cc race, James Cowton shattered the class lap record on his 650cc Kawasaki, leaving it at 104.718mph, but settling for second behind Ivan Lintin, from Lincolnshire.

Cowton's fellow YorkshiremanDean Harrison set a new mark of 110.782mph on his way to winning the seven-lap Supersport race from Cowton with Dunlop in third, all inside the old lap record.

And finally, a thrilling battle in the sidecar race saw four outfits over the 100mph mark with Tim Reeves taking the outright lap record lap at 100.751mph, but retiring on the penultimate lap when leading, handing victory to the Birchall brothers, Ben and Tom.

In the Senior race, local racer Kneen made the hole shot on his DTR BMW, but Dunlop was in front halfway around the lap and the Bennetts Suzuki was never headed, although Kneen was never out of Dunlop's slip stream.

The lap record went on laps two, four and finally Dunlop on the final lap at 114.173mph to beat the Manxman by 0.184secs.

The expected challenge from Dean Harrison never came as his Silicone Kawasaki developed a rectifier problem in the holding area and he was a non-starter.

Jamie Coward was 15 seconds back in third, with Cowton just edging Lintin to the chequered flag for fourth after a race long battle.

Dunlop wasn't overly impressed saying: "We struggled out there. Dan was riding hard and fair play to him, it was a good tight race. We came across a slower rider and I lost a wee bit of time, but the bike never missed a beat throughout."

Harrison made up for his Senior disappointment by leading the 600cc race from start to finish, despite being under pressure throughout the seven laps from Cowton and Dunlop, with less than a second between them.

At the chequered flag, Harrison, with the record lap on his final circuit, was just over half a second ahead of Cowton with Dunlop a further 10th back in third, all inside the old lap record.

Harrison said: "I'm over the moon. It's my first outing tonight and these pair had been out before. On the last lap I knew I had to brake as late as I could and if either out-braked me, they would run wide.

"James and I were banging bars a couple of times, but it was great fun and the lap record is a bonus."

Ivan Lintin and Cowton dominated the 250/650cc race over six laps. Cowton led the opening two laps before Lintin made his move to the front, but he could not shake off the Cookstown-based Winston McAdoo backed Kawasaki of Cowton, who set a new lap record of 104.718mph on lap three as he tried to get the better of Lintin. It was to no avail as Lintin won the race to the chequered flag by a third of a second, with third placed Rob Hodson almost half a minute behind.

Tim Reeves, with Mark Wilkes in the chair, led a four-way battle for the lead of the sidecar race before being forced to drop out on the fifth lap having just set a new absolute lap record of 110.782mph.

Victory went to the Birchall brothers Ben and Tom, with John Holden and Lee Cain second. Dave Molyneux also retired from fourth position.

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