LANCELOT UNISSART WINS ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE

3 months ago

In the concurrent Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight Race, La Marsellaise again reverberated around the Isle of Man for the second time in two days, following Pierre Yves Bian’s Newcomer A Race win

In the concurrent Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight Race, La Marsellaise again reverberated around the Isle of Man for the second time in two days, following Pierre Yves Bian’s Newcomer A Race win, as French rider Lancelot Unissart brought home his Pullen Racing Honda in a dominant performance.
Alex Sinclair, the fastest qualifier, was first away but Unissart was first on the clock to Glen Helen, already almost three seconds ahead of Leon Murphy with Daniel Ingham in the final podium place and Radley Hughes and Alex Sinclair completing the top five.

Unissart appeared to be slowing over the Mountain while Hughes was moving steadily through the field on the opening lap and Unissart’s opening lap of 104.485mph left him trailing Hughes by a second after the Doncaster rider’s lap of 104.600mph. Daniel Ingham remained very much in contention less than a second further back in third while Sinclair, only a further 2.2 seconds back, was also mounting his own challenge in fourth with Lloyd Collins completing the top five, a further five seconds back.

Unissart came back to move to the front of the field at Glen Helen on the second lap but Hughes was dropping rapidly down the leaderboard and came through the grandstand sixth on his second lap, almost forty seconds behind the race leader which left Ingham in second and saw Sinclair move into the final podium place.  Lloyd Collins moved up to fourth and Tom Snow entered the top five.
At the end of the second lap the riders came in for their compulsory pit stop. Unissart simply put his foot down, as he is entitled to do, and added ten seconds to his lead over Ingham, who did his own ‘splash and dash’ pit stop.

Unissart comfortably held on to win with a final lap of 103.752mph but there was drama behind the Frenchman as second placed Ingham was reported to have retired at Windy Corner, only five miles from the finish. Tom Snow, who was on a last lap charge, moved through the field into the runner up slot with a final lap of 104.216 and Sinclair secured the final podium position.