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Lightweight/Ultra-Lightweight Race Report 30 August 2008

For final race of the 2008 Manx Grand Prix, the Lightweight & Ultra-Lightweight races, run concurrently over three laps, 113.19 miles.

Brian Mateer and Sam Dunlop were the first pair away in the Lightweight race, whilst Joe Phillips and Rab Davie got the Ultra-Lightweights started.

Maurice Mawdsley at Glen Helen reported poor visibility at Glen Helen, due to the sun breaking through as Sam Dunlop led on the roads from Brian Mateer as Dan Sayle took the advantage on time with a lead of 2.80 seconds.

The Ultra-Lightweights had Phillips and Davie still together on the road with the former leading on time by 0.47 of a second.

Ramsey, and Brian Mateer was now second, as Sam Dunlop had retired at Sulby Cross Roads. Nigel Moore was now third.

Positions were the same at the Bungalow and at the end of the opening lap, leader on the roads, Mateer went straight through on his second lap, whereas leader on time Sayle came in to refuel. Positions at the end of the first lap were Dan Sayle, Nigel Moore and Brian Mateer.

The Ultra-Lightweights had Daniel Kneen leading by 2.6 seconds at the end of the opening lap, with Joe Phillips second and Kirk Farrow third.

Ramsey lap 2, and Mateer still led on the roads, but it was Moore some 14.55s ahead on time with Sayle third a further 26 seconds down. Kneen had an 11 seconds lead at Ramsey from Phillips.

At the end of the lap, pit stops came into play with Mateer in first and out again, followed by Moore, as Sayle went straight through.

Lap 2 positions Moore 25.91 seconds ahead of Mateer, who in turn is 26 seconds up on Sayle. Ultra Lightweights at the end of lap 2 were Kneen 11 seconds ahead of Phillips, with Farrow still third.

Glen Helen on the third lap and it was Sayle in the lead on time by 5.60 seconds, as Moore had received a time penalty for stop box infringements at his pit stop. Third was Neil Kent 23.53 seconds adrift.

Cronk-ny-Mona on the last lap and Sayle?s lead was 6.81 seconds, he was first across the line to receive the chequered flag and increased his advantage to 8.21 seconds from Nigel Moore, who was 20 seconds ahead of Neil Kent, third, at the end of the three laps.

Meanwhile, the Ultra-Lightweight race was making history as Daniel Kneen took his third victory of the week by 25.71 seconds from Kirk Farrow and Ross Johnson. It was the first time a rider in the Manx Grand Prix had received three winners laurel wreaths in one year.

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