JAMES Cowton and Jamie Coward smashed the standing lap records as they shared top honours at yesterday’s Radcliffe’s Butchers Post-TT Road Races.
Following a morning of inclement weather that threatened to delay and even cancel action on the Billown Course, the rain moved away from Castletown and Cowton stormed to pole position for the CuPlas Callow 600cc Race.
Aboard the McAdoo Kawasaki ZX6R, the 2015 race winner rocketed off the line with fellow Yorkshireman Coward in his shadow on the Radcliffe’s Racing Honda.
The two were never more than a second out of touch, but Coward wasn’t able to make a pass stick and Cowton took the win a slim 0.77 seconds clear of the Hebden Bridge racer, with a new 2:20.775 (108.648mph) class lap record to boot. Robert Wilson followed up the pair a further four seconds adrift to complete the podium.
And Kilham’s Cowton continued his unbeaten streak in the 250cc/650cc Twins race with a dominant victory over 18 seconds clear of Dave Moffitt, who pipped Jonathan Perry for the runner-up spot by just 0.2 seconds.
But Coward was determined to take top honours and bring home a trophy for the Castletown-based Radcliffe’s Racing squad, and while William Dunlop started from pole in the final scrap of the day, the Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc race, he didn’t have it all his own way.
The three fast-men were in a pack battle early in the race, but following Dunlop’s run-on and backmarker encounter, it was clear Coward was the man to beat, and he had no trouble powering the powder blue BMW home a cool eight seconds clear of Cowton and nearly 30 seconds ahead of Dunlop in third, taking the 1000cc track record in the process with a 2:16.506 (112.083mph).
“It was a great end to our 2017 TT at the Post TT races,” Coward said. “We had a few little problems on both bikes, but we’ll get them sorted for the Southern 100 and Scarborough. Back to reality on Monday…”
*Main image: Alan Teare
*Podium image: Southern 100