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Brady takes Manx GP Junior title

Andrew Brady scores a win in the Manx Grand Prix Junior event, ahead of Paul Smyth.
Ulsterman Andrew Brady won the Manx Grand Prix Junior race by just seven seconds from local favourite Paul Smyth after 4 laps of the 37.73 mile long TT circuit.

Over 70 machines took to the world famous road course after delays caused by the notoriously changeable Manx weather. The pace was initially set by Grant Wagstaff who led by 13 seconds at the end of lap one from the more judicious Brady in third.

Second place was held by Paul Smyth who then inherited the lead when Wagstaff retired at Quarterbridge on lap two with mechanical issues. Stephen McKnight held third until Wayne Hamilton moved into the final podium position with an average lap speed of 108.2 mph before tragedy struck at the 13th milestone [see separate story].

Brady and Smyth swapped positions time and time again for the remainder of the race in a fierce battle, with lap times tumbling as conditions improved. Ultimately Smyth, who had been fastest in similar conditions during Mondays practice, couldn't hold back Brady who took the lead again at Ballaugh on the final lap and held on to win by a slim margin.

McKnight finished third, thirty seconds back from the Brady-Smyth dogfight but still showing a great improvement in form from last year's tenth place finish.

On the podium, Brady dedicated his hard fought win on the Martin Bullock Manxsport Honda 600 to his late father who had passed away during last year's race.

By Graham Edwards

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