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TT Practice News [a] (Evening Monday 26 May 2003) 26 May 2003

Ballymoney's Adrian Archibald was the fastest rider of the evening when he lapped his 600 Production TAS Suzuki at 118.06mph. It was only just over a second slower than he had done in the morning's session riding his full-on Junior 600 bike from the same stable.

The 600 Production lap record stands to Ian Lougher at 120.25mph, so Archibald's effort was 21 seconds outside, but conditions this evening were a long way from perfect and it is still only the first full day of practice. Ironically Archibald is Lougher's replacement in the TAS team, the two having swapped places between Suzuki and Honda.

In the Formula One, lap record holder David Jefferies did 117.50mph to take over the class leadership from Ryan Farquhar.

The Lightweight 400 class was headed by Isle of Man resident John Barton, who took his Yamaha round at 109.37mph to displace Robert A. Price.

And in the Ultra Lightweight 125, Michael Wilcox again improved his speed. This evening he did 106.94mph, carving a huge chunk off his morning best of 101.80.

The other class fastest laps were not improved upon. Archibald's Saturday speed of 117.69mph in the 1000 Production was not improved upon, nor was his Junior 600 mark of 118.18. And in the sidecars, Nick Crowe and Darren Hope were the only crew to do over 100mph. Their time was 22 minutes 29.29 seconds, an average speed of 100.67mph. But conditions had deteriorated considerably towards the end of the night, and only one lap was possible for the sidecar class. Dave Molyeux and Craig Hallam's 111.60mph from earlier in the day is the bench mark to be chased.

There were plenty of incidents during the session, but none were serious.

Chris Denzler was off at the Nook but after a doctor's check was pronounced OK.

Andy Jackson slid off at Quarter Bridge and was taken to Noble's Hospital by ambulance for treatment to an injured shoulder.

Roy Jeffreys crashed at Sarah's Cottage but after being examined by a paramedic was recommended to visit the Accident Department after the practice.

Alan Jackson rolled into the bales at Ballacraine but was all right and allowed to proceed.

Kenneth McCrae spilled at Creg ny Baa but was OK.

Benny Jerzenbeck crashed at Windy Corner but was uninjured.

Marc Granie slid to earth at Governor's Bridge but remounted and carried on.

Umberto Rumiano was another off at the Creg but was unhurt.

Marc Dufour was uninjured after a spill at Windy Corner.

Finally, to intense embarassment, newly-appointed Chief Travelling Marshal Dick Cassidy dropped his Honda at Braddan Bridge. Apart from the obvious stick he stands to get from his "friends", the main outcome was a lingering inability to avoid a red face!

A total of 284 machines were examined by the scrutineers.

The next practice is tomorrow evening at 6.15.

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