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TT2014: Harrison seals maiden triumph in Lightweight race

Bradford rider takes spoils in Lightweight race for RC Express Kawasaki to secure his first victory at the Isle of Man TT races
Dean Harrison's brilliant week at the Isle of Man TT continued as the Bradford prospect grabbed his maiden victory on the Mountain Course in the Lightweight race.

The RC Express Kawasaki rider joined his father Conrad on the winners' list at this year's TT, who won the opening Sidecar event as the pair became the first father and son to win on the Mountain Course in the same week.

Harrison took the win by 14.6 seconds from last year's winner and lap record holder James Hillier on the Bournemouth Kawasaki, with James Cowton finishing third, four seconds down on Hillier.

Behind the top three, Scotsman Keith Amor on the KMR Kawasaki, Jamie Hamilton (Kawasaki) and Olie Linsdell on the Paton completed the first six.

Ryan Farquhar (KMR Kawasaki), the inaugural winner of the Lightweight race for 650cc Supertwin machines at the TT in 2012, finished seventh, one place ahead of Dan Cooper.

Harrison has long been regarded as a rising star at the TT and has showcased his potential this year, finishing fourth in both Supersport races on the Mar-Train Yamaha and securing an excellent runner-up result in the Superstock event behind Michael Dunlop.

Ivan Lintin, who set the fastest lap during practice for the class, was a retirement on the opening lap at Union Mills.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnson, a double winner in the Supertwin races at the North West 200 in May, also failed to finish the race.

Harrison had opened a slight advantage at Glen Helen on lap one of half a second over Hillier with Cowton three seconds further adrift in third.

As the riders came in for a fuel stop following the first lap, Harrison now had a cushion of 9.6 seconds over Hillier following an opening lap of 117.897mph.

By Ramsey on the second lap Harrison had increased his lead to 12 seconds over Hillier, who was 3.5 seconds clear of Cowton. Falkirk man Amor was fourth, 11 seconds behind Cowton.

Harrison managed his lead as he controlled the pace to extend his advantage to 16 seconds at Glen Helen on the final lap and although he had an anxious moment when the fuel light came on as he travelled over the Mountain for the final time, the English racer arrived safely at the finishing line to score a popular success.

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