Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop stormed to victory in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT races on the Isle of Man on Monday.
Dunlop lived up to expectations after dominating practice for the class, leading from start to finish to win by almost one minute on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 from Ramsey man Conor Cummins.
Steve Mercer looked on course to finish third but slid off at Ramsey Hairpin on the fourth and final lap, handing the last place on the rostrum to Ryan Kneen.
However, there was more drama as Kneen ran out of fuel at Governor’s Dip and was forced to push his machine over the line to seal the final podium place.
Dunlop revealed afterwards that he had suffered severe clutch issues from the beginning of the race.
“That was a nightmare because my clutch went on lap one. We just had to ride on and in all fairness the bike kept going, but it’s not easy riding when you’re covered in oil,” said Dunlop.
“I wanted to repay Steve Wheatman [team owner] because he put an awesome bike together.”
Chris Palmer won the concurrently run Formula 2 race after taking victory earlier in the day in the 350cc class over Cameron Donald and Dan Cooper.
William Dunlop was a retirement in the 350cc race while Jamie Hamilton crashed out without injury at Parliament Square.
The Formula Classic spoils went to Dean Harrison, who was forced to contend with a loose fuel tank as he narrowly held off Gavin Lupton to take the win.