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Teenage sensation Hind celebrates with a double

 

Cloud nine: James Hind bagged another Isle of Man win yesterday
Cloud nine: James Hind bagged another Isle of Man win yesterday

By Roy Harris

James Hind was the star of the show as the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix came to a conclusion yesterday with the second Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight race and the blue riband Senior Manx Grand Prix.

Hind (19), from Market Rasen, won his second Lightweight Manx race of the week after a third in the Lightweight Classic TT earlier in the week, a year after making his Mountain Course debut when he finished second in the Newcomers 'B' race.

Hind took up the running on his TZ 250cc Denis Trollope Yamaha at Ballaugh on the opening lap of three and with a 115.54mph lap speed was 3.5 seconds ahead of Italian Francesco Curinga (Paton) with Dave Butler (ER6 Kawasaki) in third.

Curinga reduced the lead to 2secs at Glen Helen on lap two, but Hind then extended the gap to eight seconds by Ballaugh.

Hind had a slow compulsory pit stop at the end of the second lap and by Glen Helen on his final lap was just a fifth of a second ahead.

However, like on the opening two laps, Hind was in control, six seconds ahead at Ballaugh and with a final lap of 111.848mph won by 11 seconds from Curinga with Butler in third, 25 seconds behind the Italian for a repeat podium of Wednesday's first Lightweight race.

Czech racer Veronika Hankocyova rode her Paton to 15th, registering a lap in excess of 106mph with Armoy rider Tommy Henry 20th.

In the Ultra Lightweight class Tom Snow, second in Wednesday's race on his Moto3 NSF 250cc Honda, went one better to win by over 44 seconds from Rad Hughes on the RAF 400cc Kawasaki and opening race winner Lancelot Unissart in third.

In the final race of the week local rider Nathan Harrison added his name to an illustrious list such as Geoff Duke and Phil Read by winning the four-lap Senior Manx Grand Prix - and joined another select group who have recorded Junior and Senior Manx Grand Prix doubles.

From nearby Onchan, the 21-year-old admitted: "I only got going after the pit stop at the end of lap two."

With a final lap of 122.094mph Harrison won by 17secs from Stephen Parsons with Brad Vicars third, 25 seconds ahead of Ballymoney's Darryl Tweed in fourth.

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