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Bruce Anstey needs just one lap to set Isle of Man best time

 

By Rory Harris

Kiwi Bruce Anstey set the Isle of Man Mountain Circuit alight last evening when he topped both the Classic Superbike and Lightweight Classic TT practice sessions on Clive Padgett's 250cc Honda and the YZR 500cc Yamaha.

Anstey completed just one lap on the big bike and went round the 37-mile circuit in 18mins 07.595secs, a speed of 124.888mph, over 14 seconds faster than Dean Harrison at 123.288mph on his Kawasaki with Australian Dave Johnson third fastest at 121.863mph on a Suzuki.

Again there was no luck for Michael Dunlop, retiring his Team Classic Suzuki for the second night running at Ballacraine on lap one.

Derek Sheils was the top Irish runner in sixth position, with William Dunlop ninth fastest just behind the Norton of Josh Brookes and Dan Kneen.

In excellent conditions, Anstey then switched to the 250cc Honda and reeled off two laps over 118mph, his opening lap the fastest at 118.812mph.

Manxman Dan Sayle leapt up the leader board into second position with a second lap of 115.563mph, 35 seconds slower than the New Zealander.

Michael Dunlop managed to get back to the pits and take the Turner 250cc Yamaha into sixth position at 112.130mph.

Darryl Tweed, from Ballymoney, was the fastest of the Manx Grand Prix Newcomer 'A' competitors last night, lapping at 112.855mph on his 675cc Triumph, three tenths of a second faster than Stephen Parsons, who was a second clear of Mike Newbury in third.

The Junior Manx saw Glenn Harrison fastest with a second lap of 117.550mph, three seconds ahead of Jamie Williams.

The second practice session last night was brought to a halt 10 minutes early due to deteriorating visibility on the mountain section of the course.

It did not hinder Josh Brookes who took the 500cc Winfield Paton, normally piloted by the injured John McGuinness, to the top of the Senior Classic time sheets with a lap of 109.509mph, 11 seconds faster than William Dunlop on the Davies Honda at 105.858mph in second.

His brother Michael (MV Agusta) was sixth fastest at 104.377mph.

In the Junior Classic class, Lee Johnston took the MV Agusta into second position with a lap at 99.612mph, behind Alan Oversby with a lap of 101.079mph. William Dunlop was eighth fastest at 93.497mph.

The last word was left to Ivan Lintin, who had retired his Kawasaki earlier on the mountain, when he heard of the early finish tweeting: 'Wise move, it's rough up here now and no sandwiches or Guinness!'

Practice and qualifying continues this evening from 6.20pm with Michael Dunlop yet to complete a lap on the Classic Superbike Suzuki.

The race is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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