Manx GP: Dominant Hind sweeps Lightweights as Snow storms to Ultra Lightweight win

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JAMES Hind stamped his authority on the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Lightweight class with another dominant win today over Francesco Curinga.

And in the Ultra Lightweight ranks, it was Tom Snow who lifted his first MGP winner’s trophy after holding the lead for almost the entire race.

Two-stroke-mounted Hind led from lights-to-flag to control action all the way through, making a clean sweep for the Bass Tyre Services squad after yesterday’s win, while Falcon Electrical Moto3 man Snow made amends for yesterday’s runner-up finish to clinch his maiden Mountain Course victory.

Curinga was quickest out of the blocks as he beat Hind to Glen Helen by more than two seconds with Dave Butler no more than four seconds off the lead, but Hind was in the lead by 1.6sec by the time the pack hit Ballaugh before he stretched his gap over Curinga to five seconds as he started the mountain climb.

Back in the Ultra Lightweight fight, Rad Hughes led yesterday’s runner-up Snow, but it was Krämer-mounted Sarah Boyes who upset the applecart as she slotted into third just 0.6sec clear of race one winner Lancelot Unissart.

But by the time they rounded Ramsey Hairpin, Unissart had got back into podium contention just two seconds behind Snow and just five seconds adrift of leader Hughes.

At the front, however, Hind was still holding his lead at the start line as he began his first lap with more than 3.5sec to spare over Curinga as the two continued to drag away from Butler, with Newcomer ace Majola 30sec behind in an impressive fourth.

Snow made amends for a runner-up finish yesterday with Ultra Lightweight victory today...
Snow made amends for a runner-up finish yesterday with Ultra Lightweight victory today…

Hind lost another 1.5sec en route to Glen Helen as Curinga caught up, but once again the run along the West coast gave the youngster a boost as he found another five seconds on the way to Ballaugh.

But it was all change in the battle behind for Ultra Lightweight honours as Snow took over in the lead, pipping RAF man Hughes at the Grandstand as they were both over the 104.6mph mark, leaving Unissart more than 10sec adrift in third.

Up at the front of the combined race, Curinga fell 12.2sec behind as he and Hind headed up to the Gooseneck before Hind stormed into the pits with a 116.19mph lap in hand. But thanks to Curinga’s rapid fuel stop where he gained 8.8sec on the teenager, the Bemar Racing Team rider was less than 0.2sec behind at Glen Helen on the final lap.

But Hind stretched his lead back out to a comfortable 10sec with just the mountain section remaining and cruised across the line to do the double with Curinga 11.7sec behind and AG Fabrication man Butler over a minute back in a lone third.

Less than a minute back, Newcomer B challenger Majola finished in a strong fourth ahead of GT Superbikes’ Michael Rees.

But a few minutes later, it was the Ultra Lightweights who took centre stage as Snow bagged his first MGP win more than 44sec clear of Royal Air Force rider Hughes as Pullen Racing’s Unissart just held off CSC’s Alex Sinclair to take third. Hack Engineering man Lloyd Collins completed the top five.

Retirements included Gary Vines, Garth Woods, Richard Saville, Richard Vuillermet, Mark Kirkby, Leon Murphy, Jamie Edwards, David Quine, Ray Maloney, Richard Stubbs,

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