Posted: 26 Aug 2013
Despite early mist on the Mountain Course, which delayed the racing schedule by 30 minutes, the final day of the inaugural Bennetts Classic TT took place in glorious sunshine – putting end to the fantastic week-long classic bike festival on the Isle of Man.
After four victories on the island earlier this year, Michael Dunlop proved his road racing prowess yet again this afternoon with a superb victory in the Formula 1 Classic TT – breaking lap and race records for the classic class along the way.
Although he initially appeared to struggle with major clutch problems, the Team Classic Suzuki rider maintained superb form throughout the four-lap race – leading from start to finish – to seal the win with a time of 1:15.13.79/120.36 mph from his team-mate Conor Cummins (1:16.13/118.790 mph) and third placed Ryan Kneen (1:17.19.158/117.015 mph).
Earlier today, former British 125cc champion Chris Palmer took victory in the 350cc Classic TT race for Ripley Land Racing Honda with a best lap of 101.048mph, before securing a second win in the Formula 2 race aboard the Rob Brew Racing Yamaha with 1:22.21.694/109.944 mph. James Cowton (1:22.32.656/109.701 mph) and Philip McGurk (1:23.45.022/108.121 mph) clinched the second and third steps of the podium respectively.
In the Formula Classic race, Dean Harrison, who achieved his first mountain course podium at this year's TT, clinched victory over Gavin Lupton by just 0.174 seconds, while Chris McGahan finished third.