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Davidson wins 250 Classic at Manx, Costello podium

Barry Davidson takes victory in the 250 Classic at the Manx Grand Prix, while Maria Costello takes a hard fought podium.
Maria Costello MBE made further history during the Motorsport Merchandise 250cc Classic race by claiming her second podium finish on the Isle of Man.

Costello, nicknamed 'Elvis', ran out of fuel on the last lap at Governor's Dip and had to push her Suzuki T20 over ½ a kilometre to the finish line on the Glencrutchery Road.

Caught up in a race long battle in difficult conditions with Barry Davidson and Peter Wakefield, Costello had led the race after opting not to refuel after the first lap. After coming in on lap two, she rejoined in third place and was closing on the leading duo again when her luck ran out.

Showing great determination she began to push the bike, spurred on by the crowd in the grandstand before slumping over her machine as she crossed the line.

No such dramas for Davidson on the RJP Racing Suzuki. The man from Ballymena won the race with an average speed of 88.3 mph from Wakefield in 2nd place.

The 350cc race was run concurrently with the 250 and victory went to Ryan Farquhar for the seventh time at the Manx with an average speed of 97.7 mph on his Honda 400 despite rain falling over the mountain during the race.

Manx local, Chris Palmer from Castletown was second, also on a Honda with Blackpool man Roy 'Boy' Richardson 3rd on the Martin Bullock Aermacchi.

By Graham Edwards

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