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Classic TT: Anstey clocks fastest ever 250 lap

Bruce Anstey became the fastest 250 rider ever around the Mountain Course as he set a new lap record on his way to victory in the Lightweight Classic TT.
New Zealand's Bruce Anstey set a new lap record for the 250cc class as he powered to a commanding victory in the Sure Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Isle of Man.

Anstey led all the way during the four-lap race on the Padgetts Honda RS250 and shattered the 1999 record set by John McGuinness, raising the bar to 118.74mph on his second lap as he pitted for fuel.

The 47-year-old, who was celebrating his second Classic TT win after his success in the Formula 1 race in 2014, had 64.4 seconds in hand over runner-up Ian Lougher, who was riding a Yamaha TZ250 for Irish team LayLaw Racing.

Phil Harvey completed the top three places on his Honda, over three minutes down on race winner Anstey.

The jubilant Kiwi said: “Ian [Lougher] was starting behind me so I wanted to make sure I got away from him so he couldn't see me. I just put my head down on the first two laps but it was so windy I was struggling with gearing. I won the last 250 TT in 2002 and now I've won this one, so it's fantastic.”

Anstey is among the favourites for Monday's Classic Superbike showpiece, when he will again ride the Valvoline Padgetts YZR500 Yamaha.

Michael Dunlop, who won the corresponding race last year, topped the times in practice with a lap in excess of 125mph on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69.

Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgett`s Honda RC213V-S during Isle of Man TT practice.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgett`s Honda RCV213V-S during practice for the Isle of Man TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Mugen machine at TT 2016.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda FIreblade.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacrye

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August 27, 2016 7:20 PM

Well done Bruce great ride But its hardly a classic ( we built it in 4 days with new parts from stock) Within the rules yes level playing field not really. Not a dig at Bruce or Clive love em both but joe bloggs on his tz250 hasn.t got a cat in hells chance against virtually a works honda

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