JAMIE Coward, James Cowton, Steve Ferguson and more added wins to their Billown Circuit CVs this Bank Holiday weekend at the Isle of Man’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races.
Following an eleventh-hour change to Saturday’s programme to allow additional practice, it was the Office Equipment Centre Single Cylinder race that headlined the first day of competition in Castletown.
And Rich Hawkins was all but untouchable as he cruised home to an eight-second victory aboard his Ducati Mark III ahead of Bob Owen and Meredydd Owen.
Sunday’s Lightweight and Junior 350cc races went the way of Mike Hose, who matched Bill Swallow on 16 wins each after the latter emerged triumphant in the 850cc race.
In the Greystones LLC Senior Race, Steve Ferguson had Barry Davidson at his heels for a majority of the scrap, but he wasn’t able to surmount the charge of the Greenall Honda as Ferguson powered to the win nearly three seconds clear of competition, with Swallow rounding out the rostrum on the Gleeve Moto Paton.
Lightweight specialist and TT rostrum finisher James Cowton continued his Post-Classic Junior Superbike win streak with his fourth in a row since 2014. And despite a 47-second win margin last year over Rhys Hardisty, the Yorkshireman had a much tighter battle on his hands with Davidson this year and only managed to beat him to the line by two seconds.
Fellow Yorkie Jamie Coward also continued his win streak in the 4 Hire Post Classic Senior Race aboard the prominent Mistral Kawasaki ZXR750, making it three victories on tthe bounce at the Pre-TT races as he cruised to the chequered flag a comfortable 17 seconds ahead of Hose and Dennis Booth.
A shift in the scheduled sidecar programme didn’t faze Vince Biggs and Vicky Cooke, as the duo edged out Rod Bellas and Danny Quirk by under a second in their first race of the day, with Mike Bellaby and Dave Gristwood completing the podium.
And their Busch BMW outfit wasn’t finished topping the box either. They followed up the morning win with a second victory in the final race of the meeting almost two seconds clear of multiple TT winners Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle as Bellas and Quirk took third.
Support race honours went to Iain Robertson, who massacred the pack with a 59-second win over Jeff Ward and Stephen Boyes.
A number of the Pre-TT competitors headed directly north to the Glencrutchery Road paddock for the Isle of Man TT where, according to the Clerk of the Mountain Course, practice sessions have finally been given the all clear after two nights of cancelled attempts.
*Main and sidecar image: Al Smith/Pistonlife
*Cowton image: Ryan Crawley