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Sensational finish to Isle Of Man TT

10/06/2013 17:19:00

The weather continued to be unusually good for the second half of the week at the World’s most exciting race meeting The Isle Of Man TT with the Lightweight TT and the Blue Ribbon event, the Senior TT, finishing off proceedings.

Friday started with the 3 lap Lightweight TT race and as in the previous two wheeled events saw a number of Forcefield supported riders take to the start line at the top of Bray Hill.

The race started out at a furious pace with some close racing in the early phases before Forcefield sponsored Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s James Hillier was able to take control and pull out a gap of over 30 seconds from second place finisher Dean Harrison to take his first TT win and on the way setting a new class lap record on the last lap of 119.129 mph.
Just behind the podium places and finishing off an imprressive week at only his second TT Forcefield supported Northern Irishman Jamie Hamilton secured a solid fifth place.

After the Lightweight TT the Senior TT began in spectacular fashion when an early accident meant a red flag and later restart kept all of the riders nerves on edge as they waited in the hot sunshine.

The first few laps were nothing short of superb as the gaps between the leading riders were minimal with the lead swapping between a number of riders, speed being aided by the exceptional weather conditions. Forcefield rider Gary Johnson took the early initiative and was leading at Glen Helen by 0.5s from William Dunlop with Michael Dunlop just 0.05s further back with eventual winner John McGuinness back in 5th position. The rest of the lap saw the lead changing and at the end of the lap the first five riders had all recorded laps over 130mph with only seven seconds between them.

McGuinness began to make his move on the second lap and, after edging ahead by just five hundredths of a second at Ballaugh, he completed his second lap at 131.272mph to open up a 2.4s lead. Dunlop was 4.8s ahead of Martin with Bruce Anstey up to fourth and ahead of Rutter as Gary Johnson was forced to retire with a broken foot assembly.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s James Hillier had been overtaken by McGuinnes by the 4th lap but stuck with him to be given a masterclass in how to lap the TT by the current King of The mountain and in doing so secured a hard earned 4th position just 0.9 seconds away from a podium place.

Forcefield finishers also included Dan Kneen in 12th position and Simon Andrews in 13th.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki James Hillier

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