Manx GP: Hind destroys lap record for Lightweight win as Unissart bags ULW spoils

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JAMES Hind set his second Manx Grand Prix record of the day as he shattered the lap record to take victory in today’s MGP Supporters Club Lightweight race.

And behind the leading Lightweight machines, Lancelot Unissart became the second French winner in MGP history as he dominated the Ultra Lightweight race.

Bass Tyre Services’ Hind set the first 115mph lap in class history before storming to a 116 to set the new mark, while Pullen Racing/French Assault man Unissart stormed to ULW victory over 15sec clear of Tom Snow.

With number one-starter Andy Farrell opting out of the final race of the day, it was practice week flyer Curinga who led the order as the pack hit Glen Helen while Junior lap record-holder Hind, back out on his TZ250, slotting into second as Dave Butler tucked into third.

But Hind took over on the run to Ballaugh as Paton-powered Curinga dropped almost four seconds back before the Italian dropped another four seconds on the teen as they powered to Ramsey.

Back in the Ultra Lightweight battle, Unissart topped the 400s on the dash to Ballaugh as he led Leon Murphy by more than 2.7sec with Ingham just over a tenth of a second further back and Rad Hughes no more than half a second out of podium contention.

At the front, however, Hind smashed another class record to set the fastest ever MGP Lightweight lap with a 115.20 from a standing start, powering over 10.9sec clear of Bemar man Curinga as AG Fabrication’s Butler crossed the line third some 4.6sec further back.

Hind continued to scorch ahead with another two seconds in hand at Glen Helen on lap two before making it an 18sec advantage at Ballaugh, while further back it was all change as Hughes grabbed the Ultra Lightweight lead from Unissart by a mere 1.4sec with Ingham still right on the tail of second.

Unissart claimed an emotional ULW victory with over 15sec to spare...
Unissart claimed an emotional ULW victory with over 15sec to spare…

But Unissart grabbed the lead straight back on the run to Glen Helen as Hughes fell to fourth, leaving Ingham almost five seconds adrift as Alex Sinclair slotted into third.

At the grandstand, however, Hind tore up the record books once again with a record-shattering 116.453mph lap as he tucked into the pits for fuel and while Curinga gained more than 14sec in the pits, Hind left gasoline alley to begin his final lap with 15sec to work with.

While the Ultra Lightweights were heading up the mountain on their penultimate lap, Unissart was still stretching his lead as he bagged almost 10sec at Ramsey with Ingham and Sinclair still sitting in second and third. And with the Frenchman not needing fuel during his pit stop, he gained another 12sec on his race rival and began his last lap with 20sec to spare.

Ahead on the road, Hind had made up the time he’d lost in the pits as he stretched his winning margin back out to almost 27sec within two sectors and continued to control action over the mountain as he took victory by almost half a minute, forcing Curinga to settle for second as Irishman Butler bagged third.

A few minutes later, Unissart brought his 400 home over 15.669sec clear of the competition to become the second French MGP winner of the week, along with Newcomer A winner Pierre-Yves Bian, leaving Falcon Electrical’s Tom Snow to recover ground and bag second. But the battle for third was shaken up as Ingham retired at Windy, leaving CSC man Alex Sinclair to third.

Retirements included Garth Woods, Josh Bain, Leon Murphy, Daniel Ingham and Mark Purslow.

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