Belfast Telegraph

Browne thrilled with podium on Colas Billown debut

 

By Roy Harris

In the Post TT Race meeting at Colas Billown Circuit on Saturday evening, Cork rider Mike Browne, who had an excellent TT debut, scored a 600cc race victory on his debut at the track.

Riding his 600cc Kawasaki he set the fastest lap of the race on his eighth and final lap of 106.179mph to head home Wigan's Rob Hodson with Welsh rider Rhys Hardisty a distant third. Nathan Harrison had been in contention, but was forced to retire at Church Bends.

The Cork man said: "It's my first time here and my start wasn't great.

"I settled into the race and Nathan and Rob gave me a good race.

"Nathan got in front of me, but I managed to repass him and didn't know until after the race that he had retired."

Hodson took the win in the 1000cc race by the slimmest of margins from local man Ryan Kneen, both BMW mounted.

Hodson was ahead throughout with Kneen snapping at his heels and despite setting the fastest lap of the race (111.090mph) on his final lap Kneen came up just short on his Charmer Builders machine.

Hodson said: "I rode the wheels off the bike to stay in front of Ryan.

"My bike was slightly quicker and he never managed to show me a wheel the whole race."

Hodson was stiff and sore following his Senior TT crash at Handley's the previous day.

Browne rode his 600cc machine in the race and came home in third position over 40secs behind the flying 1000cc BMW's to complete a cracking debut over the circuit and took home some £800 in prize money for his efforts and make a small dent in the amount it took for his TT campaign.

An equally close contest came in the six-lap 250/650cc race with Hardisty and Manxman Dave Moffitt inseparable right until the final bend on the last lap where Moffitt ran slightly wide leaving Hardisty a clear run to the chequered flag and with the fastest lap of 92.002mph on the final circuit.

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