Virtual TT: Team Coward leads after opening night

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JAMIE Coward topped this evening’s gameplay timesheets to lead the action as the Virtual TT powered by Motul roared into life.

The Yorkshireman and team-mate Kenny Lam were first up to take to the virtual Mountain Course as Coward played himself on the PreZ Yamaha while Lam took the reins of an Ian Lougher-mounted Suter 500cc two-stroke.

Lam headed down Glencrutchery Road first and clocked a lap of 18min 36sec (121.7mph), even after running wide and taking a spill on the exit of Ramsey Hairpin just before dumping it again on the run to Tower Bends. Coward, however, set the benchmark with a seemingly flawless 16min 37sec (136.2mph) lap to give his squad an aggregate time of 35min 13sec.

Reigning Pike’s Peak winner Rennie Scaysbrook filled the void of what would have been his TT debut in 2020 as he teamed up with former professional motocross racer Stefy Bau for the next set of laps.

Bau took it steady after binning it at the bottom of Bray Hill and despite a number of other crashes, she brought the Honda Fireblade home in just over 25min at an average of 89.9mph. Aussie Scaysbrook opted for a 600 and clocked a lap of 18min 40sec (121.3mph) after hitting the outside wall on the way into Waterworks and climbing the curb on the exit of Bedstead, giving his team a 45:10 overall.

The gaming battle resumes on Monday at 8pm as rising star Davey Todd and Manxman Sam Tipper take on Spanish racer Raul Torras Martinez and his team-mate Aaron Hislop.

Check out the full TT Lock-In schedule for more films, interviews and virtual action.

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