Belfast Telegraph

Two Manx podiums an impressive return for Andy Farrell

By Paul Lindsay

Irishman Andy Farrell took third place in yesterday's Junior Manx Grand Prix. Manx newcomer Billy Redmayne was 23 seconds ahead of Farrell on the Martin Bullock Racing 600cc Kawasaki. Andy Lawson took the win.

Redmayne's performance was all the more impressive having won Tuesday's Newcomers' Class A event; the Manxman went on to set the fastest lap of the Junior event at 119.062mph.

Fourth place overall went to Rob Hodson, who had been holding a commanding 12-second lead until a botched pit stop at the end of the second lap forced him down to eighth place, although he recovered well but just missed out on a podium finish.

Unfortunately Hodson was to have no better luck in yesterday afternoon's Supertwin and Lightweight encounter on the TT Course, running out of fuel whilst leading.

In an incident packed day, Gary Gittins led the Supertwin race, but came off on his final lap at Ballagarey leaving James Neesom to take the chequered flag.

Farrell took his second podium of the day in second spot, some 29 seconds behind Neesom, with another Martin Bullock backed rider, Callum Collister, taking third, 33 seconds down on Farrell.

Former TT winner Nick Jefferies (Formula 1 TT winner 1993) was seventh on his return to competitive action.

In the concurrent Lightweight Race, early race leader Dave Taylor received a 30-second pit lane penalty whilst leading, which saw Mick Jordan come through on the last lap to take the honours.

Gavin Lupton, on the Shay Racing Honda, took second place just 10 seconds down on Jordan with Dan Hobson third on his DS Moto Race Supplies Honda.

The Manx Grand Prix concludes tomorrow with the four-lap Senior Manx GP race at 11.30am. This will be preceded by a former riders' reunion parade lap at 10.15am.

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