JAMIE Coward and Ian Lougher drew first blood in the Twins class at Oliver’s Mount this afternoon as they took a win apiece in the closest races of the day.
And with at least three bikes leading the field in a battle covered by no more than a second, it looks to be even hotter action tomorrow.
Fresh off a hat-trick at Bemsee last weekend, Coward was quickest off the line for race one on his KTS Z650 Kawasaki with Cowton Racing’s Herbertson right on his tail and Lough
But action was red-flagged just a few laps in and the pack ground to a halt while marshals got to work.
On the shortened restart, it was Coward who hit the front once again with Herbertson hanging on just a few tenths behind and Lougher leading Brad Vicars in the battle for third.
But as the laps wound down, Coward continued to stretch a lead and eventually crossed the line with more than six seconds to spare as Herbertson clinched second, some eight seconds ahead of Paton-powered Lougher.
It looked to be more of the same in race two as Coward led before another red flag stoppage, but on the three-lap restart it was Welshman Lougher who snatched the lead as Coward dropped to second, just behind Herbertson who was threatening to take the lead.
But Lougher held position and even with just a 0.2sec lead over Herbertson, the record winner at Oliver’s Mount added to his tally with yet another victory while Coward followed them home just over half a second off the win.
*Image: Steve Gormley