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Manx Grand Prix: Senior glory for Mitchell-Thomas

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas smashes lap and race records on way to victory in the Senior Manx Grand Prix on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki.
Teenager Malachi Mitchell-Thomas tasted victory for the first time on the Mountain Course with a record-breaking win in the IMGold Manx Grand Prix Senior race.

The 19-year-old broke Alan Jackson's outright lap record and Seamus Greene's race record, which have both stood since 2005 in the process.

Mitchell-Thomas agonisingly missed out on victory in the Junior race on Wednesday to Billy Redmayne by 1.8 seconds and the pair went head to head again.

Only two seconds separated Mitchell-Thomas (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) and Redmayne at the start of the final lap, but a 30-second penalty for the Junior race winner for an infringement at Creg-Ny-Baa sealed the race.

Isle of Man rider Redmayne battled back to second place on Martin Bullock's Honda but later retired, handing second place to Rob Hodson on the PRF Suzuki with Andrew Dudgeon finishing third (Suzuki).

Hodson, fresh from his first win in the Supertwin race earlier in the day, was first away from Glencrutchery Road at the scheduled start time of 1pm but the story was really about Mitchell-Thomas and Redmayne, and Mitchell-Thomas laid down an early marker as he took the lead at Glen Helen on the opening lap, albeit by less than two seconds from Redmayne.

Joseph Newbould was third with Rob's brother Jamie in fourth, while Irishman Andrew Farrell completed the top five.

Mitchell-Thomas lost time between Ramsey Hairpin and the Bungalow with Redmayne edging into the lead but by only half a second as Newbould held third.

Hodson moved up the field into fourth and Farrell completed the top five.

Redmayne's opening lap of 121.021mph, his first 120mph lap, gave him a lead of just over a second from Mitchell-Thomas 120.889mph with Hodson (118.859mph in the final podium place.

On the second lap, Redmayne lost five seconds between the Grandstand and Glen Helen, which moved Mitchell-Thomas back into the lead and with the pair coming into the pits at the end of the second lap, Mitchell Thomas's 121.937mph lap gave him a lead of almost four seconds from his Manx rival with Hodson (119.709mph) in third.

Skerries man Farrell came off at the Creg-Ny-Baa on his second lap and was taken by airmed to Nobles hospital with a shoulder injury.

Mitchell-Thomas gained almost another second on Redmayne in the pits and by Ballaugh on the third lap had extended his lead to nine seconds

However, Redmayne appeared to have cut the deficit on the leader to only two seconds at the Grandstand but as the pair headed out for the last lap and with all eyes on the timing screens at Glen Helen, it was announced that Redmayne had picked up a 30-second penalty for an infringement at the Creg on his third lap.

The penalty removed any chance that Redmayne had of overhauling Mitchell-Thomas and although he clawed his way back up into second by Ballaugh Bridge, he was then reported to have retired at Ramsey leaving Mitchell-Thomas to claim victory by over a minute and a half ahead of Hodson.

With Redmayne's retirement, Andrew Dudgeon moved through to take the final podium place.

With a number of riders still circulating, the race was red flagged following three separate but simultaneous incidents on the course at Brandywell, Mayhill and the 33rd Milestone.

David Taylor (Brandywell) and Martial Mourra (Mayhill) were both taken by airmed to Nobles for treatment, as was Donald Gilbert (Creg Ny Baa), who was reported to have leg and hand injuries.

Nicholas Pauet and Simon Matthews both came off at the Creg Ny Baa but were reported to be okay as was Robert Nelson following an incident at the Waterworks.

Hodson won the Supertwins race from Dudgeon earlier in the day with Nick Jefferies, winner of the 1993 Formula 1 TT race, claiming third.

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