JAMES Hind fired a warning shot today as he out-qualified the big hitters in just his second appearance at Oliver’s Mount.
The 20-year-old rider dominated the day in all three modern bike classes and bar the Classic Superbike races tomorrow, he is set to start on pole in the 250cc, Twins and 600cc races.
While Dom Herbertson was quickest in this morning’s opening Supersport practice session, Mike Norbury took over at the front in FP2 before Hind hit the top of the timesheets in Q1.
The double Manx Grand Prix winner clocked a best time of 1:48.677 on his Yamaha to pip Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnson by 0.112sec, with Dafabet Devitt’s stand-in Dean Harrison just .073sec further back.
Norbury, Herbertson and Joe Akroyd are set to complete row two with Joey Thompson, Jamie Coward and Tom Weeden rounding out row three.
Hind was also unstoppable on the Team ILR Paton Supertwin as he beat KTS Racing’s Coward to pole by 0.625sec with Cowton Racing’s Herbertson third on the provisional grid.
Mount legend Ian Lougher leads the second row beside Dafabet’s Rob Hodson and Michael Rees while Daniel Ingham, VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars and Mark Purslow line up just behind.
You guessed it, Hind was back in control as the National 250GP champ stormed the two-stroke class to claim yet another pole position more than three quarters of a second ahead of local ace Thompson.
Chris Moore rounds out the front row with a full flock of Formula 400s behind as Purslow, Nick Anderson and Ingham complete row two while TZ350-mounted Dean Mitchell, Rad Hughes and 250 man Ian Stanford round out the top nine.
In the Classic Superbike ranks, Mount master Harrison was back on top where he left off at the Sheene Festival, beating David Bell to pole by almost five seconds with Ingham set to line up third.
And it was also a case of domination for Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie in the Sidecar class, despite an early threat from the circuit rookies – Ben and Tom Birchall – as the Team ARC duo powered to pole more than three seconds clear of Conrad Harrison and Andy Winkle, with Steve and Matty Ramsden clocking the third fastest time.