More Bad Luck for Hodson As Neesom And Jordan Share Spoils

by James Charman

Rob Hodson‘s luck went from bad to worse at the Manx GP as he ran out of fuel in the second race of the day, the SuperTwin race.

The Wigan rider had been in a commanding position in the opening Junior ManxGP race before a refuelling issue in the pits cost him almost two minutes, and he must have thought nothing would go right for him all day as he ran out of fuel whilst in the lead of the SuperTwin race.

Gary Gittins, who decided to go straight through at the second lap and pit at the end of lap three, then held the lead, some 27 seconds ahead of James Neesom who pitted on lap two. However, Gittins then removed himself from the equation with an accident at Ballagarey, he was reported as conscious and being treated by medics on the scene.

Neesom then held a huge lead over the now second placed Andrew Farrell, where they’d stay until the flag, while the Newcomer B Race winner Callum Collister took the final podium spot.

Following the SuperTwins was the Lightweight Race, with Mick Jordan taking the lead at the end of the first lap. His lead was temporarily taken by Dave Taylor, who elected to go straight through at the second lap and pit at the end of lap three , however any hope of a good result from Taylor went out the window when he was handed a 30 second penalty for speeding in the pits.

A thrilling duel between Jordan and Gavin Lupton then erupted, with the latter holding the lead at Glen Helen by just 0.4 seconds. However by Ballaugh Jordan was back in front, pulling a ten second gap out between Ballaugh and the Grandstand. Lupton held on to second, while Dan Hobson took third.

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