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Senior Race Report 30 August 2008

For the final day of the 2008 Manx Grand Prix, the weather was once again against the organisers and riders as mist on the Mountain caused the scheduled start time for the Senior Manx Grand Prix to be postponed.

The ?blue-riband? event of the meeting was scheduled to start at 10-15am but moved forward to 1.45pm over a three lap distance. The start list had been depleted as some riders had to withdraw due to their sailings back to the UK and circumstances back home, whilst others were able to change their bookings and remain on the Island and compete in the race.

Simon Fulton and Philip McGurk got the race underway, followed by fastest in practice, James McCullagh and Alan Jackson.

After the first 28 numbers had left the start the red flag came out at the start, after rider 29 engine blew as he left the line and deposited oil on the course from the footbridge to the top of Bray Hill. Riders on the course were stopped at Kirk Michael and escorted back to the finish line. The oil slick stretches from the centre of the Grandstand to Ago?s Leap.

The race is to be re-run over two (2) laps with a hoped for 2.45pm start. Once again, Simon Fulton and Philip McGurk got the two-lap 'dash' underway, followed as previously by James McCullagh and Alan Jackson.

Glen Helen lap one, McGurk was ahead of Fulton on the roads, but initially it was McCullagh on time by two seconds, until Barclay arrived and took the lead by the merest of margins, 0.34 of a second.

By Ballaugh and McCullagh was ahead on time by 2.99 seconds from Barclay followed by McGurk in third.

At Ramsey McCullagh was ahead on the roads as well as time, the gap being 5.19 seconds.

The Bungalow gave positions the same with James having added half a second to his Advantage as Philip McGurk maintained third place 11 seconds down on Adam Barclay in second.

Crossing the line at the end of the first 37.73 miles it was Adam Barclay who was ahead on time, by 1.87 seconds, although second on the road. James McCullagh was 10 seconds ahead of third placeman Philip McGurk. James McCullagh was back in the lead on the roads and time by 1.31 seconds from Barclay, with Mickey Fitzpatrick now in third place.

By Ballaugh Barclay was ahead on time by 0.14 Seconds, which increased to 1.18 seconds at Ramsey, which further increased to 3.23 seconds at the Bungalow.

At Cronk-ny-Mona the lead was down to 8.86 seconds and at the chequered flag the decision went to Adam Barclay on the 750cc Hallett Aviation Racing Suzuki. The gap between him and second placeman James McCullagh was 11.13 seconds, with Mickey Fitzpatrick third 29 seconds behind.

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