Island Classic 2017 – International Challenge Race Three

By Trevor Hedge

Another beautiful morning greeted the large crowds at Phillip Island this morning as the huge schedule of events kept them entertained ahead of the third International Challenge race which got underway at 1105

Jeremy McWilliams had made a clean sweep of the weekend thus far, and the Northern Irishman had a new specification Bridgestone to run this morning, and was gunning for a new lap record.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Start - Image by Kris Hodgson
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Start – Image by Kris Hodgson

As the lights went out Shawn Giles and Peter Hickman scorched off the line ahead of McWilliams as Chas Hern, Jed Metcher, Paul Byrne, Alex Phillis and Glen Richards gave chase.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - Shawn Giles, Peter Hickman, Jed Metcher, Jeremy McWilliams
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – Shawn Giles, Peter Hickman, Jed Metcher, Jeremy McWilliams

Hern pushed McWilliams back to fourth place in the latter stages of the opening lap while Giles continued to stretch away from the field a little as they started lap two.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - Peter Hickman, Jeremy McWilliams
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – Peter Hickman, Jeremy McWilliams

Just when it looked as though Giles might escape, his pursuers started closing him down through Southern Loop and Stoner Corner as McWilliams made his way past Hern and Hickman to claim second place.

McWilliams tailed Giles through turn 12 before popping out of the slipstream, the benefit of his more enveloped fairing clearly evident, allowing him to take the lead from the Suzuki man as they commenced lap three.  Halfway through that third lap Hickman pushed Giles further back to third, up front McWilliams had pulled the pin and was pulling away.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - Jeremy McWilliams, Peter Hickman
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – Jeremy McWilliams, Peter Hickman

A 1m36.388 to McWilliams on that lap three, lowering the lap record by half-a-second on what was his only second flying lap of the day. 

Glen Richards was in a strong fifth position before running in too deep at turn four and losing more than a dozen positions in the process.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - Glen Richards, Alex Phillis, Derek Sheils
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – Glen Richards, Alex Phillis, Derek Sheils

Jed Metcher, Alex Phillis and Paul Byrne were engaged in a heady battle for fourth place.

Shawn Giles tried valiantly on the final lap to take the challenge back to Hickman for that second place but it was Hickman that maintained that advantage to make it a Team UK 1-2 at the chequered flag, McWilliams taking the win by two-seconds from his countryman. 

Alex Phillis won that battle for fourth place by a nose ahead of Metcher and Byrne, only three-hundredths of a second separating that trio at the line.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - Alex Phillis, Derek Sheils
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – Alex Phillis, Derek Sheils

Derek Sheils claimed more handy points for Team Ireland with seventh place just ahead of Steve Martin. 

Chas Hern battled with John McGuinness over ninth place but it was the 23-time TT winner that had the edge on the line to claim ninth with Hern rounding out the top ten.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three - Image by Andrew Gosling - John McGuinness
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race Three – Image by Andrew Gosling – John McGuinness
Island Classic 2017 – International Challenge Race Three Results
  1. Jeremy McWilliams
  2. Peter Hickman +1.99
  3. Shawn Giles +2.79
  4. Alex Phillis +5.92
  5. Jed Metcher +5.93
  6. Paul Byrne +5.95
  7. Derek Sheils +6.84
  8. Steve Martin +6.89
  9. John McGuinness +8.42
  10. Chas Hern +8.45
  11. Conor Cummins +8.60
  12. James Hillier +17.64
  13. David Johnson +19.85
  14. John Allen +22.53
  15. Pat Mooney +25.65
  16. Scott Webster +29.56
  17. Hilton Hincks +29.72
  18. Barrett Long +35.99
  19. Glenn Hindle +36.02
  20. Chris Campbell +37.66
  21. Damian Mackie +43.14
  22. Derek Brown +43.15
  23. Damien Kavney +45.05
  24. Craig Ditchburn +48.22
  25. Danial Weir +56.43

4 COMMENTS

  1. What kind of weird points scoring system was used in the Island Classic? Jeremy McWilliams won by a margin of 12 points over Jed Metcher after Four wins and a second. Jed Metcher scored one 3rd a 4th and two 5ths places to be second overall 147 to McWilliams 159. Please explain the maths used here

    • Hey Clinton, first place is worth 40 points, and each subsequent place is a point lower. You can check out the scoring on Computime if you’re interested!

  2. What kind of weird points scoring system was used in the Island Classic? Jeremy McWilliams won by a margin of 12 points over Jed Metcher after Four wins and a second. Jed Metcher scored one 3rd a 4th and two 5ths places to be second overall 147 to McWilliams 159. Please explain the maths used here

    • Hey Clinton, first place is worth 40 points, and each subsequent place is a point lower. You can check out the scoring on Computime if you’re interested!

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