Wayne Hamilton wins Newcomers race at Manx Grand Prix

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Pre-race favourite wins Saturday evening’s first race of the 2011 Festival

PORTADOWN’S Wayne Hamilton swept to victory on his Yamaha R6 in Saturday evening’s Manx Grand Prix newcomers’ race.

The 20-year-old pre-race favourite took the class A Steam Packet-sponsored honours by 20.41 seconds from fellow North Irishman William Davison.

Davison in turn was 34 seconds ahead of top Manxie David Kennington who brought the Station Garage Honda home in third. Karl Foster was fourth and Dan Frear fifth.

Hamilton led from the off, surviving a problem during his pit stop at the end of the first lap to clinch his maiden win on the Mountain Course.

Davison, who clocked a 114.351mph lap, was comfortably second, while Foxdale man Kennington survived a moment on the Verandah but regained his composure to beat Foster to the third step of the podium.

Fellow Manx newcomer Jonathan Woodward was taken to Noble’s Hospital with suspected leg injuries after crashing his Blackburn Construction Triumph at Governor’s Dip when battling for second.

In the class B race it was an English one-two-three. Otley’s Gavin Lupton won from Scott Smyth with Wayne Axon completing the podium places.

Racing resumes at 10,15am on Monday morning with the 250/350 Classic.

Full reports on both races in Tuesday’s Examiner.