Barry Sheene Classic: The rest of the action from Sunday

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MIXED weather couldn’t stop Oliver’s Mount racers today as riders conquered the wet and drying conditions on the final day of the Barry Sheene Classic.

Mark Jackson stormed into the lead of the first Supersport C race of the day this morning, leaving the pack in his wake as he lapped almost three seconds quicker than anyone else on circuit in the damp conditions, crossing the line over 13sec clear of trouble with Martin Morris and David Murphy in a distant second and third.

And it was a double for Jackson in the afternoon’s 600 C battle with another untouchable performance by almost the same margin, but this time it was Paul Drinkwater who snatched second from Lewis Buckerfield by just 0.160sec.

Yesterday’s double 250 winner Jim Hind carried his momentum from Saturday as he laid down another marker in this morning’s Classic A, B & GP350 scrap with a 0.6sec lead on the opening lap, but Rhys Hardisty wasn’t letting him have it all his own way as the Welshman stuck a pass on the youngster to take over at the front.

But Hind regrouped and by the end of lap two he was back in the lead by a whopping 3.3sec before stretching his advantage to nearly 10sec at the flag as Hardisty clinched the runner-up spot ahead of Pete Boast.

The second race brought more of the same for reigning National 250GP champ Hind as he rocketed to a commanding win by almost 14sec after leading lights to flag. And while Chris Moore looked to be lining up a move on Boast for much of the race, he couldn’t find a way through and instead settled for third behind the GPZ600 man.

Michael Rees made the best start in the Supersport B race after red flags interrupted action early on, but he made a quick getaway and pulled out a second per lap while Tom Robinson and Dan Booth battled for second. But as the laps wound down, Rees only extended his gap to clinch victory as Robinson got away from Booth to bag silver a few seconds off the front.

The Aberdare ace was back in control of race two with a comfortable two second lead over Robinson for much of the race and despite Robinson’s late charge and fastest lap, it wasn’t enough to keep Rees from a double win while Andy Sailor fended off the advances of Keith Pringle to secure the final rostrum spot.

Boast grabbed the early advantage in today’s first Classic 500 & 750 battle as former Classic TT winner Coward tucked in behind with Mark Purslow giving chase, but just a lap into action Boast had already taken a commanding lead and with six seconds to play with just half way in, he simply cruised to another win ahead of the Supertwins ace.

And while it looked to be yet another Boasty win, CRMC front-runner Alan Oversby kept him honest as he sat just a few tenths behind. And despite setting the quickest lap of the race and starting the penultimate lap some 0.3sec down on Boast, it wasn’t to be for Oversby as he settled for second.

Some 16sec further adrift, Coward rounded out the overall podium ahead of a distant Andy Hornby, who nabbed the 750 spoils.

*Click here for results from the Barry Sheene Classic at Oliver’s Mount

*Image: GTH Picsnaps

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