Ryan Farquhar was the quickest man in the Lightweight class as practice for the 2012 Isle of Man TT got underway in beautiful conditions on Saturday evening. The 650cc machines shared the mountain circuit with the newcomers and the KMR Kawasaki rider was the class of the field, outpacing Adrian Archibald.
After a 40 minute delay, the 2012 road racing spectacular officially began with Rider Liaison Officer Richard Quayle first onto the mountain. Jimmy Storrar, Lee Johnston and Karl Harris joined him and were immediately impressed with the TT course.
Johnston enjoyed the experience, saying “that shouldn't be allowed, it was absolutely awesome!” while Farrar admitted it was a unique perspective to what he was used to. “I wasn't as nervous as I thought but it's totally different on a bike to the laps I've been doing in a car – I kept expecting cars to be coming the other way!”
Jamie Hamilton registered the fastest time of the newcomers, lapping at 106.015mph, while his teammate set the standard when the lightweight bikes took to the course 15 minutes later. Farquhar's opening lap was an already impressive 113.359mph but the Ulsterman raised the bar still further later on, completing a lap in 19m55.80s at 113.587mph.
Adrian Archibald was a shade under the 113mph mark in second place while Cameron Donald sneaked in front of William Dunlop to take third. James Hillier had held third position earlier in the 40 minute session but fell back to fifth with John Burrows completing the top six for B E Racing.
The newcomers are back on track on Monday evening while the racing starts on Saturday morning.