Pokerstars / Straightliners Dragfest at Jurby sees local riders putting in strong performances in front of a huge crowd. After Saturdays washout Sunday couldn't have been better with close qualifying the order of the day and some nail biting finals.
Jason King, Suzuki 1000 Turbo, took the honours with a 10.77sec at 150mph.
Class points leader, Russell Shea, made it through to the final against the rapid Bantam 175 of Tom Miller, just 0.59sec splitting their best times. Unfortunately Tom was a no show in the final so Russell took the Shedtune Lambretta to the win.
Some of the action at Pokerstars / Straightliners Jurby Dragfest (photo Andrew Duckworth)
It was nice to see Mark Patman back out on a bike after his big off earlier in the year, all but riding his road going Z1000 Kawasaki. In the final he was up against Mathew Draper on the Stomp 90cc Hybrid. Mark sportingly gave Matthews small machine a bit of a start and it was pretty close at the line Mark just taking the win.
On only his 2nd ever drag race meeting Joseph Newton top qualified on his ex F1 sidecar engined ZZR1100 Kawasaki. He was up against the experienced Phil Gilson in the final. For some reason Phil saw the red mist and the red light dropping the clutch a fraction early giving the win deservedly to a delighted Joseph.
It was the usual suspects topping the class, Michael Austin and Dee King with the addition of Alan Tinnion in the mix, just 4/100ths splitting them. In the semis Dee broke out trying to beat the fast starting Alan and Michael beat Darren Trowell. In the final it was Michael, ZZR1400, against highly experienced, 14 times British sprint champion, Alan, R6 Yamaha. As usual Alan nailed it away at the green with Michael trying hard to beat him to the stripe only to cross it first but breaking out in the process running a 10.00sec dead giving the win to Alan who ran his fastest time a 10.16sec.
Owen Cooke chose the Genspeed Suzuki over the Harley in the final to win this class.
Once again a hard fought class Wayne Bradley 3/100ths ahead of improving local Alan Morrison. Next up was the only lady rider Maxine Taylor and tying in 4th with exactly the same speed and time, 9.36sec at 145mph, were Jimmy Fearn and Paul Furlong. Through the 1/4 finals and semi finals emerged Jimmy and Maxine, both previous class winners, so it was stoked up to be a cracking final. Unfortunately Maxine was a little too determined to win releasing the clutch a tad early the subsequent red light handing Jimmy the win.
Local rider, Gary Leach, was on fire posting a string of runs in the 8s to line up in the final against Phil Wood, who had spent the day searching for the elusive good run. Come the final and Phil had resigned himself to the runner up spot Gary having been so strong and consistent all day. Sadly what should have been the final of the day turned into a damp squid as the old red light shone for Gary. Both riders agreed it was not the way they wanted to win or lose the final. Gary didn't even get the consolation of the FTD award as Paul Furlongs 8.87sec was just quicker than Garys 8.92sec best.
Once again the juniors put on a great show with Liam O'Leary top on 13.03sec Thomas Burnett 13.77sec and Levi Baber on 15.18sec a new personal best. Once again to even things out the delay was used on the clock, the idea being that the riders should cross the line together. The final came down to Levi and Liam with Liam on a 4.1sec delay. Levi put down another blistering run to cross the line first helped by a missed gear change from Liam on the way down.
All in all a cracking days racing thanks going to the MDRA, Straightliners all helpers and the Hogg Rescue medical crew.
Written by Paul Cumpstone