Manx GP: Farrell fends off Chawke for maiden Lightweight win

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ANDY Farrell made amends for his second place finish from last year to take victory in this afternoon’s first MGP Supporter’s Club Lightweight race.

Despite an early lead for his fellow countryman James Chawke, Farrell bagged the win with 15s to spare.

Straight off the back of his Junior win, Chawke was into the lead on the Mark Coverdale Paton 650, but he was just 0.32s ahead of fellow Irishman Andy Farrell on the Ollie’s Place Kawasaki Supertwin as TZ250 man Gary Vines followed them to Glen Helen just over 1.6s adrift.

Chawke continued to creep further out front with a 2.4s lead at Ramsey, but Farrell had pulled it back to just 0.591s before the 2017 Lightweight runner-up grabbed the lead by a full three seconds at the Grandstand.

Falling into the clutches of Vines, Chawke hit Glen Helen on lap two just 0.400s clear of the Wobbly Bob Racing two-stroke but by Ramsey it was Chawke who was just 0.4s behind leader Farrell as he put his head down and wiped away his deficit.

As Farrell and Chawke hit the pits for a splash of fuel, the 2017 runner-up had a 7.8s lead over the Paton rider, while just behind David Lumsden took advantage of Vines’ retirement at the 33rd to slot into podium contention.

But Chawke looked to be overly cautious in pit lane and as the two Supertwin leaders hit Ramsey on the final lap, Farrell was almost 20s ahead.

Despite a final charge from his closest contender, Farrell crossed the line 15s clear of trouble to take his first Manx Grand Prix win, holding off Chawke as Lumsden completed the podium.

Retirements included Richard Saville, Ryan Maher, Keith Clarke, Victor Lopez Santos, Richard Stubbs and Andy Cowie.

MGP Supporter’s Club Lightweight Race 1 results (provisional)

  1. Andy Farrell
  2. James Chawke
  3. David Lumsden
  4. Dave Butler
  5. Gareth Evans

*Click here for results from the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT

*Main image: Ellan Vannin Images

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