RECORDS flew in every class at this evening’s Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races as Southern 100 riders scorched the Colas Billown circuit.
Northern Irishman Adam McLean and Yorkshire ace Joey Thompson took their first wins on the track, while James Cowton chalked up his sixth as the sun beat down on Castletown today.
It was a three-way battle for the lead in the opening CuPlas Callow 600cc Race as McAdoo Kawasaki team-mates McLean and Cowton took off at the front, with Team ILR’s Thompson nipping at their heels.
McLean soon took the lead, but was never able to get more than a few tenths of a second away from lap record holder Cowton as Thompson sat waiting for his time to strike.
While Cowton looked down the inside on his team-mate a handful of times and even broke his old record with a 109.311mph lap, he couldn’t get by and ultimately had to settle for second as McLean took his first Billown course win by just 0.209s, with Thompson third.
Jonathan Perry got the best start in the Radcliffe Butchers 250/650cc Race, but it wasn’t long before Paton-powered Thompson, fresh off a fifth-place finish in the Lightweight TT, powered ahead and made a break over Cowton in second and Perry in third.
With nearly 1.5s to make up at the start of lap three, however, Cowton began to close the gap and had halved Thompson’s advantage as they hit the half-way mark with a new lap record at 102.758mph.
But Cowton couldn’t get any closer, and Thompson scorched to his and Paton’s maiden win at the circuit while Perry emerged victorious from a last-lap scrap and a coming-together with Rob Hodson to take the final rostrum spot.
Cowton took the lead early in the Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc finale as he pulled a small gap on the first lap over Hodson, but the Wigan man wouldn’t let up, chipping away each lap at the McAdoo rider’s advantage.
Hodson had the gap down to 0.6s in the opening laps, but couldn’t make any more headway and Cowton finally took victory – his sixth at the Post TT meeting – with a new 112.345mph lap record as Ryan Kneen crossed the line third to take an emotional podium finish in his first competitive outing since his brother Dan’s death at the Isle of Man TT.
Best of the newcomers was Rhys Hardisty in sixth, while Dean Osborne was the best of the 600 runners in eighth.
*Images: Paul Soulby