Andy Lawson Handed Victory In Junior Manx GP

by James Charman

A dramatic Junior Manx GP race saw Scot Andy Lawson take victory after a pitlane issue took the glory away from Rob Hodson.

Hodson was in a commanding position at the head of the field, leading second place by over ten seconds when making his pit stop on lap two. Almost two minutes were wasted as his crew had their hands on the wrong fuel pump, dropping the Wigan rider down to eighth at Glen Helen on the third lap, eventually working back up to fourth at the finish line.

Lawson, meanwhile, only made the top five by Glen Helen on the first lap, behind Hodson, James Neesom, Michael Moulai and Dean Roberts. However, by Ramsey, Lawson had moved in to second, with Andy Farrell filling the final spot in the top three. The top three held their places as they came back to the Grandstand, while Moulai and Neesom completed the top five.

As the pit stops took place, Hodson was not the only one to experience trouble, with a lengthy stop from Farrell dropping him out of the podium placings. Meanwhile, new leader Lawson had an 18 second margin over new second place rider, newcomer Billy Redmayne. Moulai, who was holding third following the stops, retired at Crosby Hotel, allowing Farrell to retake third.

Despite setting the fastest lap of the race at 119.062mph, Redmayne could do nothing of Lawson’s lead, with the Scot completing the 4 lap race in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 27.384 seconds, twelve seconds clear of Redmayne and Farrell finishing third.

Hodson ended nine seconds away from a podium spot, with Andrew Soar rounding out the top five.

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