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Pics taken from DOT webcams at 6.30am.
A bit misty this morning
As 10.45am approached the mist began to disappear and the race started on time. There was still some mist visible up on the mountain.
We saw a cracking race but we had a number of retirements not least Bruce Anstey who pulled into the pits and took off his helmet after lap 2. He has not been well over the last couple of days
A full results report follows below....
I felt that a day stuck up at Kates was not very attractive, so I was at Ballacraine but saw little since most of it is now prohibited area. Some of the Marshalls recorded some very strong pithy comments from spectators who had walked from St Johns only to be told they would have to return to St Johns and then walk to the south access road which again required binoculars to see the bikes.
Today we tried the "LiveTT" on our laptop yet again, but still no result, the system froze and we might as well have left the laptop in the car. (Hidden, of course) My little party decided to miss Kates because of the weather and were quite miffed that our second choice of vantage spot was unviewable. One of my group said, we do it by helicopter next year.....However it looks like the bikes are going faster than the TV Eggbeater !!
I was pleased to meet Terry Grotefeld at Ballacraine. I last saw him at the presentation when he and his mechanic were given tankards for 50 years attendance at the TT.
Not being able to see the race from where we stood , we chatted about the old days and then he had to dash to Ronaldsway.
But not before posing for me in a position he was often seen in those old days !!
(PICs BY TTFAN BBHMG)
No Pictures - Couldn't get near the bikes
However, after consulting the webcams, I decided to return to Governors Bridge to watch the "Junior"
I took a few pics, see if you can identify the riders. This is the sort of view, you the general public get of the races. I must say those riders with racing numbers on the belly pan were easy to identify.....This innovation should be compulsory in time for at least the "Senior" on Friday.
MORE TO COME
STEVE PLATER AWARDED DEBUT TT WIN IN RELENTLESS SUPERSPORT 1 RACE
Organisers confirm Anstey disqualification
Less than 3 hours after finishing what he thought was in an excellent second place, Lincolnshire’s Steve Plater was awarded the win in the first Relentless Supersport race after original race winner Bruce Anstey was sensationally disqualified from the race results. Anstey had dominated proceedings on his Relentless by TAS Suzuki to ‘win’ by over 20 seconds but the exhaust cam measurement was found to be illegal to that what was homologated and, in scenes reminiscent of 2006 when Ian Hutchinson was excluded from the runners up spot, the Kiwi was taken off the results sheet and the win awarded to Plater.
Thus, the AIM Racing Yamaha rider, the best newcomer of 2007, took a fairytale first ever TT win by 3.39 seconds with John McGuinness and Keith Amor giving Honda second and third spot on the podium.
With the morning mist having cleared, conditions were perfect for racing but there was drama almost as soon as the race had begun with Guy Martin again out of luck, the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider reported as having pulled in at the Highlander. This mattered little to Anstey though and at Glen Helen he was 1.7seconds to the good with Ian Hutchinson going well in second ahead of McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar, Amor and Ian Lougher. Morning race winner Cameron Donald was down the order in 12th but Anstey was charging ahead and he ended the lap a stunning 12 seconds clear. A flying Amor relegated McGuinness to third with Farquhar, Hutchinson and Lougher filling the top six places.
Anstey was in a class of his own at the front of the field and it showed on the 2nd lap as he broke Martin’s year old lap record with a speed of 125.372mph to extend his lead even further. Ahead of McGuinness on the road, the 38-year old had the race sewn up and he duly completed the 4 laps for what he though was his 7th TT win. All eyes subsequently fell on the battle for second with Amor and McGuinness exchanging places on a number of occasions before the 13-times winner edged ahead.
However, the Morecambe man was suffering from a broken steering damper and no sooner had he seen off the challenge of Amor, then he had to keep an eye on Plater. With oil on his visor and screen, McGuinness was almost powerless to respond and Plater, seventh on the first lap, turned a 10 second deficit into a 3.39 second advantage at the chequered flag. Teammate Hutchinson’s bad luck continued with a 2nd lap retirement whilst there was also disappointment once more for Conor Cummins who retired at Windy Corner on the third lap whilst in seventh.
Plater was delighted with second but this later became a win at just his second attempt at the TT and everyone else was shuffled up the order as a consequence of Anstey’s dramatic exclusion. Scotland’s Amor dropped back on the final lap for fourth but this became third for his first ever podium although events meant he didn’t get the opportunity to take his place on the rostrum. Ryan Farquhar and Ian Lougher weren’t too far behind in fourth and fifth whilst Gary Johnson had another strong ride into 6th ahead of Mark Parrett, Mats Nilsson, a somewhat lowly Donald, Michael Dunlop, Chris Palmer and Adrian Archibald.
James Hillier and Jamie Robinson had great debuts finishing 19th and 20th respectively, both lapping above 118mph, whilst fellow newcomer Alessio Corradi also rode well into 37th.
Roger Maher was reported as OK after an incident at Governors Bridge.
REPORTS - Acknowledgements to the TT2008 Press office
TTFAN IS PLEASED TO BE ALLIED TO BIKERRADIO MAGAZINE AT THE 2008 TT