2019 Classic TT

Junior Classic TT


2019 proved to be Jamie Coward’s year in the Classic TT, finally laying claim to the top step of the podium, after amassing three runner-up positions in previous TT’s. Coward finally took the top step in the Junior Classic TT race ahead of Michael Rutter and Dominic Herbertson.

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Jamie Coward – 2019 Junior Classic TT Race

After the race the elated Lancastrian revealed in the winner’s enclosure that it was ‘a childhood dream to come to the Isle of Man and win’.

Isle of Man Classic TT Jamie Coward
Jamie Coward – 2019 Junior Classic TT Race

The Junior Classic TT Race, the third race of the 2019 Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts, finally got underway at 2pm after mist around the Mountain Course delayed the start of the race.

Paul Jordan on the Ripley Land Racing AJS was first away from the line but by Glen Helen Lee Johnston, who started 13th on the grid, was first on the clock, five seconds ahead of Coward on the Ted Woof Craven Honda with Dominic Herbertson a further half second behind Coward. Michael Rutter, a two-time Junior Classic TT Race winner on the Ripley Land Racing Honda, was fourth, 2.5 seconds off the final podium place with Hefyn Owen completing the top five.

Isle of Man Classic TT Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter – 2019 Junior Classic TT Race

Johnston, the outright lap record holder for the class, maintained a lead of six seconds over Coward at Ramsey with Herbertson established in third, eight seconds down on Coward but five ahead of Rutter, with Owen a further five seconds back holding fifth place.

Rutter was first on the road through the Grandstand with an opening lap of 100.82mph, but Johnston’s opening lap of 103.38mph gave him a nine-second lead at the front of the field from Coward (102.68mph) with Herbertson (101.86) third and Rutter fourth, with Derek Shiels (100.22), moving ahead of Owen (99.89) into the top five.

Coward had closed the gap to the race leader by six seconds at Glen Helen on the second lap however there was drama when news came through that race leader Johnston was confirmed as a retirement at the Gooseneck.

At the Grandstand at the end of the second lap, new race leader Coward (104.45mph) held a near 28-second leader over Herbertson (102.71mph) heading into the last lap with Rutter (102.64) moving into the final podium place and Sheils and Owen.

Isle of Man Classic TT Jamie Coward
Jamie Coward – 2019 Junior Classic TT Race

Coward extended his lead on the last lap and clinched his first Mountain Course race win with a final lap of 103.40mph but behind the leader, Rutter had dramatically closed the gap to be only 2.5 seconds behind Herbertson at Ramsey before moving into the runner-up slot by the Bungalow with a 1.5 seconds lead over Herbertson.

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2019 Junior Classic TT Race Top 3 – Herbertson, Coward, Rutter

Rutter duly held on with a final lap of 103.94mph but only 0.35 seconds ahead of Herbertson (102.76mph) with Sheils (100.09mph) and Owen (100.92) in fourth and fifth respectively.

Isle of Man Classic TT Dominic Herbertson
Dominic Herbertson – 2019 Junior Classic TT Race

Junior Classic TT Race – Top 5

Pos Rider Time Speed
1 Jamie Coward 01h05m39.499 103.435 mph
2 Michael Rutter 01h06m17.418 102.449  mph
3 Dominic Herbertson 01h06m17.769 102.440  mph
4 Derek Sheils 01h07m32.927 100.541  mph
5 Hefyn Owen 01h07m41.918 100.318  mph
6 Daniel Sayle 01h07m46.807 100.198  mph
7 Alex Sinclair 01h08m33.510 99.060  mph
8 Richard Wilson 01h09m04.295 98.324  mph
9 Rob Hodson 01h09m30.740 97.701  mph
10 Paul Jordan 01h09m53.479 97.171  mph
11 Dean Osborne 01h10m49.262 95.895  mph
12 David Madsen-Mygdal 01h10m52.258 95.828  mph
13 Tom Weeden 01h10m53.443 95.801  mph
14 Mark Purslow 01h11m17.445 95.263  mph
15 Ewan Hamilton 01h11m17.728 95.257  mph
16 Will Loder 01h11m29.786 94.989  mph
17 Chris Moore 01h13m30.886 92.381  mph
18 Dave Matravers 01h13m45.974 92.067  mph
19 Alec Whitwell 01h14m16.364 91.439  mph
20 Richard Lambourne 01h14m26.744 91.226  mph
21 Jeff Smith 01h14m39.661 90.963  mph
22 Karl Fox 01h15m04.959 90.452  mph
23 Jack Hunter 01h15m17.839 90.194  mph
24 Tony Tuttle 01h15m33.633 89.880  mph
25 Simon Collins* 01h15m36.079 89.832  mph
26 Colin Stockdale 01h15m54.568 89.467  mph
27 Lee Jennings 01h16m31.159 88.754  mph
28 Terence Sansom 01h16m33.954 88.700  mph
29 Paul Williams 01h16m43.866 88.509  mph
30 Russell Roebury 01h17m06.382 88.078  mph
31 Gary Freeman 01h17m06.435 88.077  mph
32 David Glover 01h17m10.927 87.992  mph
33 Grant Sellars 01h17m48.397 87.286  mph
34 Keith Dixon 01h17m58.832 87.091  mph
35 Justin Roebury 01h18m03.202 87.010  mph
36 Gary Hutton 01h18m32.160 86.475  mph
37 Jason Lamb 01h19m40.290 85.243  mph
38 Roy Phipps 01h21m37.992 83.194  mph

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