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Classic TT: Formula 1 victory 'dream come true' for Anstey

Bruce Anstey hailed his record-breaking success in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT as a 'dream come true' after pummelling his rivals on the Valvoline Padgetts YZR500 Yamaha
A beaming Bruce Anstey said winning the Formula 1 Classic TT on the ex-factory YZR500 Yamaha was like a 'dream come true'.

The 45-year-old Valvoline Padgetts star annihilated the opposition to win by 1m 12 seconds after three laps in the feature race, shattering the lap record with a speed of 123.894mph from a standing start.

It was also the fastest lap ever recorded by a two-stroke machine around the Mountain Course as Anstey adds to his impressive haul of lap records, which includes a 132mph benchmark at the Isle of Man TT plus the fastest lap ever recorded on a road racing course at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod set at almost 134mph in 2010.

The delighted Kiwi said: “To ride this bike and get a win on this course feels like a dream come true. The bike never missed a beat and I had a big smile on my face on every lap.

“I was a bit worried about getting pushed a bit wide on some corners by the strong winds but it went perfect,” he added.

“We had no concerns with the bike firing up and there's never any problem with it. We had a heavy load of fuel on the first two laps and then I was able to bring it home on the third lap.”

Anstey has been in stunning form of late and earned the 'Man of the Meeting' award with a Superbike and Supersport double at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.



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