31 August 2015
Classic TT: Dunlop wins Formula 1 thriller
Michael Dunlop wins Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Classic TT on Team Classic Suzuki as Bruce Anstey shatters old lap record with 126mph blast on YZR500 Yamaha.
Michael Dunlop won a record-breaking Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 race on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 on a drama-filled feature afternoon on the Isle of Man.
Dunlop had been battling with Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Racing YZR500 GP Yamaha until the Kiwi was forced to make an unscheduled pit-stop after being black-flagged.
One of the exhausts on the Yamaha had worked loose and Anstey lost over a minute in the pits until the issue was resolved.
Incredibly, he battled back on the final lap to reel in James Hillier on the Greenall Kawasaki and Ryan Farquhar (Harris Yamaha) to pinch the runner-up spot by 1.9 seconds from the Ulsterman.
Anstey, though, had the consolation of setting a new lap record after clocking a stunning speed of 126.261mph on his second lap.
Dunlop also blitzed Anstey's old lap record, setting his fastest speed on the final lap as he topped 125mph and also set a new race record of 1h 13m 37.6 seconds, which was 1m 36 seconds better than his 2013 benchmark.
Hillier finished fourth on the ZXR750 with David Johnson in fifth on the Team York Suzuki.
Farquhar set the early pace at Glen Helen on the first lap from Dunlop and Peter Hickman as only three seconds covered the top three.
William Dunlop was an early retirement at Ballacraine on the National Motorcycle Museum 588cc Norton.
At Ramsey, it was now Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki who was ahead but his lead was short-lived as the Bradford man retired on the Mountain Mile on the ZXR750.
Anstey came through to head Dunlop as the leaders reached Crock-ny-Mona for the first time and both smashed the lap record from a standing start.
Anstey was on a charge and at Ballaugh was two seconds clear from Dunlop, with Farquhar, Hickman, Hillier and Johnson next.
The New Zealander had extended his lead to seven seconds at the Bungalow and underlined his speed on the two-machine GP with a blistering 126mph lap as he came in for his scheduled pit stop.
However, Anstey lost time in the pits and the momentum was back with Dunlop, who emerged with a three-second advantage.
Hickman was announced as a retirement as Dunlop's lead was slashed to one second at Glen Helen but at Ballaugh the 26-year-old had increased the gap to almost six seconds.
Farquhar was 21.66 seconds behind in third followed by Hillier, a further three seconds back, and Johnson.
Anstey's hopes were dashed when he was black-flagged on the third lap and he was forced into the pits at the end of the lap.
Dunlop now had a commanding lead of 44 seconds over Farquhar at Glen Helen on the last lap and although he slackened his pace, the Ballymoney rider still lapped at 125mph on his way to the chequered flag.
Anstey regrouped to climb the order, utilising the pace of the YZR500 to outgun Hillier and Farquhar on the run from Ramsey to the finish line to grab a battling runner-up finish in a scorching race, more than a minute behind.
Ryan Kneen won the concurrently-run Formula 2 race from James Cowton, who set a new lap record at 113.548mph. Kneen also set a new race record, bettering the previous record by over one minute.
Ian Lougher was a retirement on the Laylaw Racing Yamaha.
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