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

Ballymoney's Adrian Archibald again set the pace at the TT, with a blistering lap at 118.18mph on his 600cc TAS Suzuki in this morning's early morning practice.

Both bidding to win their first TTs, class lap record holder Archibald bettered his Irish rival Ryan Farquhar by just over ten seconds as they battled against damp roads from Drinkwater's Bends onwards. Farquhar's average speed was 117.11mph. Kiwi Bruce Anstey was third fastest overall at 116.44mph on the Valmoto Triumph Daytona.

In the sidecars, the fastest lap was set by the reigning lap record holders Dave Molyneux and Craig Hallam. They set off at the head of the field and recorded 111.60mph second time around.

Martin Finnegan from Lusk in Southern Ireland topped the Junior leaderboard at 114.11mph on a Honda, 13 seconds quicker than Glaswegian Jim Moodie on Jack Valentine's Triumph. He averaged 112.83mph. Third was Richard Britton from Enniskillen at 112.24mph.

Physiotherapist John Barton from Crosby, Isle of Man, headed the speeds in the 400cc Lightweight division. He did 103.62mph on the Corse Yamaha, putting him 17 seconds clear of Robert J. Price on a similar machine. His average speed was 102.34mph. Third was switzerland's Peter Jarmann at 101.73mph on his Kawasaki.

Lincoln's Michael Wilcox was the best in the Ultra-Lightweight 125cc class. He took his single-cylinder Honda round at 101.80mph, followed by Philip Harvey and Bud Jackson, again on Hondas, averaging 101.10 and 100.53mph respectively.

David Jefferies' sole lap on his 1000cc Production Suzuki yielded 112.81mph, but he then suffered an engine blow-up at Greeba on his 600cc model.

There were no incidents whatever in this morning's practice. The next session is at 6.15 this evening. During the day there is Classic racing on the Billown Circuit near Castletown.

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