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Ryan Farquhar dominates Lightweight TT for third Mountain success

'It's unreal. I've worked so hard for this over the past four years trying to promote the class and building bikes and this is fantastic' - Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar clinched his third victory at the Isle of Man TT races in dominant fashion as he won the inaugural Lightweight Supertwin race by almost half a minute.

Farquhar started the race as the red-hot favourite following his North West 200 success on his KMR Kawasaki ER6 last month.

His winning margin was 28.99 seconds after three laps from James Hillier, who claimed his maiden TT rostrum.

Michael Rutter - whose pit crew included John McGuinness and Steve Parrish - took third position in Farquhar's KMR colours to cap a perfect day for the Northern Irishman, just five seconds behind Hillier.

The British Superbike rider and TT Zero winner had the consolation of setting the best lap of the race at 115.186mph.

Farquhar, who enjoyed a successful week at the TT with third place in the Superstock and second Supersport races, said: “It's unreal. I've worked so hard for this over the past four years trying to promote the class and building bikes.

“I've tried to get as many top class riders onto my own bikes as possible and I'm totally over the moon.

“Michael took third on my bike and I did a lot of work on James Hillier's bike as well – it's absolutely fantastic and it would've been nice having a 1-2-3 but I'll take a bit of credit for the work I did on James' bike!”

Bournemouth Kawasaki ace Hillier added: “I just rode as steady as I could and once I got onto the start/finish straight I knew we were home.

“I'm made up and it's been a good week for us. A win would've been good but I'm still learning and we'll get there and I'm happy.”

Farquhar made his required pit-stop at the end of the first lap as Hillier opted to go straight through, giving the English rider a false lead on lap two until the picture was made clearer when he made his stop at the end of the penultimate lap.

Dungannon man Farquhar was never seriously threatened and with a lead of 10 seconds at Ramsey on the first lap, it was clear Farquhar had the upper hand.

He continued to pull away and when the times were corrected following Hillier's stop, Farquhar held an unassailable advantage, leading by a commanding 28 seconds at Glen Helen.

Farquhar maintained his lead on the final lap as he fulfilled expectations by taking the race win.

Cameron Donald was fourth, 31 seconds down on Rutter, with Russ Mountford fifth ahead of William Dunlop.

Newcomer Jamie Hamilton finished tenth on another of Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki machines.

The Lightweight race was the only event held on Saturday after the organisers opted to cancel the feature Senior race on safety grounds with damp patches around the Mountain course.

A series of frustrating delays put a dampener on the finale to the 2012 festival, with the Lightweight race - put back a day from Friday as a result of poor weather - was originally due to start at 10.45am.

Following a course inspection, the race eventually received the green light and finally got under way at 6.30pm.

Related Pictures

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Ryan Farquhar during opening practice for the Isle of Man TT Lightweight class
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.

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Mark Gardiner - Unregistered

June 10, 2012 8:18 PM

Bummer to see the Senior canceled -- but I guess even the TT has to move with the times. In any case, if you want to keep your TT buzz going into the summer, read Riding Man -- available for the Kindle at Amazon.

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