Lougher bites back to win Bennetts 500cc race

Author: Bike Social reporter Posted: 23 Aug 2014

Lougher wins!

Road Racing veteran Ian Lougher has been crowned the winner of this afternoon’s Bennetts 500cc Classic TT, a race which turned out to be a dramatic one, with many of the top TT stars retiring from contention during the four laps. Despite being awarded a 30-second penalty for jumping the pits at the start of lap two, Lougher put in a determined performance to complete the infamous 37.75-mile Mountain Course aboard his 1968 CMM Paton BIC 500 in first place.

Ian Lougher wins Bennetts 500cc Classic TT

Despite a one-and-a-half hour delay to the scheduled start time, the race finally got underway at 2pm. Having topped the timesheet in last night’s practice session, John McGuiness led the proceedings for the 500cc race. However, after experiencing problems with the 2014 Paton 500 and losing speed through Sulby on the first lap, the ‘Morecambe Missile’ had no choice but to retire his 12-second lead shortly after at Ginger Hall.

McGuinness forced to retire from 500cc Classic TT race

By Ramsey, Ryan Farquhar (1972 Paton BIC) was leading the field, followed by road racing regular Lougher, Daniel Cooper (1961 Norton Molnar Manx 500), Michael Rutter (Seeley Matchless G50) and Michael Dunlop (1962 Norton Manx 500).

At the start of the second lap, Lougher was given a 30-second time penalty having pulled out of the pits too quickly – knocking him back to eighth position with three laps still to go. Meanwhile at the front of the field, Rutter had taken the lead from Farquhar at Glen Helen and had managed to hold on tight to his advantage going into the third lap – registering an incredible 109.102mph on his G50 Single.

By the same point on lap three, just six seconds were separating Rutter and Farquhar, but problems occurred at Sulby once again and Farquhar was stopped, leaving Rutter with a 22-second advantage on nearest rival, Cooper, at the Ramsey Hairpin. However, more bad luck struck on Mountain Mile – forcing Rutter to retire from the remainder of the race and making way for Cooper, Lougher (+13.9s) and Bruce Anstey (+16.3s).

Farquhar also retires from Classic TT race

Going into the final lap, Michael Dunlop became another retirement – having previously been running in fourth position. And, despite his 30-second penalty, Lougher had managed to make up significant tarmac on Cooper and had clinched the lead (by 18.515s) at the Ramsey Hairpin. Lougher’s determined performance continued, to see him cross the line in first place from Cooper and Anstey. His superb win adds to an impressive tally of 10 TT and three Manx GP wins.

Final results – Bennetts 500cc Classic TT race (4 laps)

1. Ian Lougher

1968 CMM Paton BIC

01:23:28.369

108.481 mph

2. Daniel Cooper

1961 Norton Molnar Manx 500

01:24:02.806

107.740 mph

3. Bruce Anstey

1961 Norton 500cc Manx

01:24:47.027

106.803 mph

4. Conner Behan

1961 Norton Works 500

01:25:06.798

106.390 mph

5. Maria Costello

Paton 500

01:27:31.266

103.463 mph

6. Mick Godfrey

Manx Norton

01:28:52.734

101.882 mph

7. David Madsen-Mygdal

1968 Honda CB450

01:29:41.731

100.955 mph

8. Mark Parrett

1962 Norton Manx

01:31:16.146

99.214 mph

9. Charlie Williams

1962 Norton Manx

01:31:21.871

99.111 mph

10. Peter Boast

1971 D K1

01:31:22.448

99.100 mph

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