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History Made As Holan Wins At Manx Grand Prix

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Kamil Holan has become the first Czech rider to win a Manx Grand Prix race after his success in the 600cc newcomer class this weekend. The opening evening of racing also saw victories for Andrew Dudgeon and James Cowton in the SuperTwin and Lightweight classes respectively.

Andrew Soar, running with the no.1 plate, moved into the lead on lap one with a four second lead over Holan but the pit stops at the end of the second lap would ultimately decide things in Holan’s favour. He emerged with a twenty second lead at Glen Helen and the 33 year old would control the race from there.

His eventual margin of victory was 13.52s over Soar while Dean Roberts, one of the riders to pit on the very first lap, claimed the final place on the podium. Splitlath Redmond’s John Simpson may well have been in the podium fight himself but incurred a 30 second penalty for speeding in the pitlane before an oil leak stopped him completely. With the youngster sidelined, Peter Heijmans took fourth ahead of Thilo Haefele and Oliver Dupuy.

In the Supertwins race, Andrew Dudgeon recovered from a poor start to win by almost a minute. The local rider had been the fastest man in qualifying but completed the first lap in fifth before fighting back to lead home Gary Gittins with Colin Stephenson claiming a podium finish.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s James Cowton totally dominated the Lightweight race to follow up his strong qualifying form. Cowton was already a minute clear of Ben Palmer on lap one but his lead would grow much bigger before the end. Victory came by over six minutes while Renzo Van Der Donckt edged past Palmer for second.

Inclement weather prevented any racing on Monday, meaning the 350cc/250cc Classic Grand Prix and MGP Junior Race will be carried over to tomorrow.

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