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TT 2013: Hillier hails 'awesome' Lightweight triumph

8 June 2013

Bournemouth's James Hillier described his maiden Isle of Man TT victory in the Lightweight race yesterday as 'awesome'.

Hillier took control of the race after some early exchanges with Dean Harrison and Ivan Lintin to power to a commanding victory on his Quattro Plant Kawasaki by over 30 seconds.

Young prospect Harrison took the runner-up spot, with Manx rider Conor Cummins finishing third to put one of Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki on the rostrum.

Hillier said: “That was awesome and it feels really special.

“To get on the podium or anywhere near it is hard but obviously in this class you don't have the same riders but we'll take it for sure.”

The three-lap race included a compulsory pit stop, which offered riders the chance to pit at the end of lap one or on completion of their second lap.

Hillier, Harrison and Cummins all took their stop after the first circuit while Lintin chose to take his after the second.

The first lap strategy seemed to pay off as Hillier carved through the field, establishing a new class lap record on the last lap of 119.129 mph - nearly four miles an hour up on Michael Rutter's record from 2012.

Northern Ireland's Jamie Hamilton finished fifth with Michael Rutter taking sixth on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki machines.

Hillier went on to finish in a magnificent fourth place in the Senior TT, narrowly missing out on the final podium place to Bruce Anstey and lapping at 131mph to mark himself out as a potential TT winner in the feature classes in the future.


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