2008 Isle of Man TT

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Isle of Man 2008 Isle of Man TT Races
Race details
Date 24 May – 7 June 2008
Location Douglas, Isle of Man
Course Road Course
37.733 mi / 60.73 km
Senior TT
Pole Position Fastest Lap
England John McGuinness England John McGuinness
128.611 mph 129.571 mph
Podium
1. England John McGuinness
2. Australia Cameron Donald 3. England Ian Hutchinson
Junior TT 600 cc
Pole Position Fastest Lap
Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar England Steve Plater
122.951 mph 124.127 mph
Podium
1. England Steve Plater
2. England John McGuinness 3. England Keith Amor
Lightweight TT 250 cc
Pole Position Fastest Lap
England Ian Lougher
102.321 mph
Podium
1. Wales Ian Lougher
2. Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar 3. England Chris Palmer
Superstock TT
Pole Position Fastest Lap
Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Australia Cameron Donald
126.657 mph 127.544 mph
Podium
1. Australia Cameron Donald
2. England John McGuinness 3. England Guy Martin

2008 Isle of Man TT Festival was held between Saturday 24 May and Saturday 7 June on the 37.733-mile Snaefell Mountain Course and was the 89th Isle of Man TT Race. After the 2007 Centenary TT Races, the 2008 event included a second 600cc Supersport Junior TT race and the re-introduction of two-stroke motor-cycle racing with a Lightweight TT and Ultra-Lightweight TT race on the (4.25 mile) Billown Circuit in the Isle of Man.[1]

For the 2008 Isle of Man TT Races, following the deaths of a race competitor and two spectators at the 26th Milestone during the 2007 Senior TT a number of changes occurred in spectator safety and road widening occurred at Braddan Bridge and a new link road and mini-roundabout at Governor's Bridge. The race organisation changed with the Manx Motor Cycle Club (MMCC) replaced by ACU Events Ltd a subsidiary of the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU).[2] A contract for the official course vehicles was awarded to Audi in a 3 year deal to celebrate the win by the pre-war Audi satellite company DKW by Ewald Kluge in the 1938 Isle of Man TT Races.[3] A further contract was awarded to Yamaha UK to provide motor-cycles and support for the TT Travelling Marshalls.[4] The Isle of Man TT competitor Martin Finnegan was killed while racing at the Tandragee 100 Races on 3 May 2008[5] and this was followed by the former Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix winner Robert Dunlop who died in an accident on 16 May 2008[6] at Mather's Cross during practice for the 2008 North West 200 Races.

TT Practice Week 2008[edit]

The first practice session for 2008 Isle of Man TT Races featured an evening untimed session and Newcomers control lap on Saturday 24 May 2008. It was Guy Martin, despite a crash at the 2008 Pre-TT Classic earlier in the day, that dominated the first timed practice session on Monday 26 May 2008 with a lap of 17 minutes and 57.83 seconds an average speed of 126.020 mph on a 1000cc Honda for the Superbike TT race.[7] The 2008 TT Newcomer, James McBride had a high speed crash at Gorse Lea on Monday evening practice suffering leg fractures. The Italian competitor Angelo Conti crashed at the 33rd Milestone and suffered minor injuries. There was a 2 day interlude to practice during Tuesday and Wednesday of practice caused by weather conditions on the Mountain Section of the course. It is announced that the replacement to the injured James McBride would be Michael Dunlop after the recent death of his father Robert Dunlop and his recent win in the 250cc class at the 2008 North West 200 Races had decided to compete at the 2008 Isle of Man TT races after all.[8]

TT Race Week 2008[edit]

Superbike TT Race[edit]

With problems with cancellations due to poor weather on the Snaefell Mountain Course the pole time for the Superbike TT race was set by John McGuinness in 17 minutes, 32.24 seconds an average speed of 129.085 mph. The 6 lap (226.38 miles) Superbike TT Race was scheduled for mid-day start on Saturday 31 May 2008 and the first competitor away from the TT Grandstand was Guy Martin who was delayed by 10 seconds from his designated start-time due to confusion in the pre-stage area.[9] The next competitor, Conor Cummins riding a 1000cc Yamaha with a start interval of 10.00 seconds was delayed by about 4 seconds and John McGuinness at number 3 was delayed by 7 seconds and McGuinness said;- "....still pulling one of my gloves on when I heard Martin's bike going down towards Bray Hill. I screamed at the boys to get the warmers off. I think everyone thought there was a delay. No one had called us forward."[9] The delays were accounted for in the lap-timing, although John McGuinness and 1000cc Honda was sidelined with an electrical mis-fire and pulled-in at Glen Helen on lap 2 and Guy Martin retired on lap 4 at Sulby with an oil-leak to his Honda motor-cycle.[10]

The early lead was held by Ian Hutchinson at Glen Helen on lap 1 riding a 1000cc Yamaha and only 8 seconds covered the top 12 competitors. Despite the delayed start, Guy Martin stormed to the lead by Parliament Square in Ramsey on lap1 by 0.43 seconds from John McGuinness with the Australian Cameron Donald riding a 1000cc Suzuki in 3rd place.[11] Despite the delay and the standing-start, Guy Martin set a new lap record for the Superbike TT in 17 minutes and 32.09 seconds an average speed of 129.103 and led John McGuinness by 3.98 seconds and Cameron Donald by 6.75 seconds in 3rd place on corrected time on lap 1. The old lap record was broken by McGuinness on lap 1 at an average speed of 128.617 mph, although was reported touring at Laurel Bank on lap 2 retiring at Glen Helen and McGuinness explained that;- "....The Bike suffered a slight misfire at the top of the Mountain. It got progressively worse after that and I could't continue after Ballacraine."[11] After the retirement of John McGuinness, the lead was extended by Guy Martin to 8.9 seconds over Cameron Donald in 2nd place and his New Zealand team-mate Bruce Anstey in 3rd place. Another new lap record was established by Guy Martin for the Superbike TT on lap 2 at an average speed of 129.540 mph and after the pit-stop at the TT Grandstand led Cameron Donald by 14 seconds.

The lead was reduced to 10.21 seconds by Ramsey Hairpin by Cameron Donald on lap 3 and fellow Suzuki rider Adrian Archibald replaced Ryan Farquhar in 4th place. The Yamaha motor-cycle of Ian Hutchinson suffered an oil-leak at Union Mills forcing him to retire from the race. With the retirement of Guy Martin at Sulby Village on lap 4, also with an oil leak, the 2008 Superbike TT Race became the " Down under Dice "[10] with Suzuki team-mates Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey increased their pace to produce laps at an average speed of 128.558 mph and 128.601 mph respectively. On the last lap, Bruce Anstey tried to increase his pace to wrestle the lead from his Suzuki teammate, "I tried to pull away in the last-lap, but could't manage it so I let Cameron back in front again and just followed him home."[12] The 2008 Superbike TT was won by Cameron Donald in 1hour, 47 minutes and 5.89 seconds to set a new race record at an average race speed 126.82 mph and become the first Australian winner of an Isle of Man TT race since Graeme McGreggor won the 1984 Junior TT and Formula 2 TT races. In second place was Bruce Anstey at an average race speed of 126.826 mph. In 3rd place, Adrian Archibald also riding a 1000cc Suzuki motor-cycle at an average race speed of 126.826 mph to produce a Suzuki 1-2-3 win at the 2008 Superbike TT Race. Run in warm weather and the winner Cameron Donald mentioned;- "It was hot out there. The tar was melting in place."[13]

Sidecar TT Race 'A'[edit]

The 3 lap (113.00 miles) Sidecar TT Race 'A' was run in the same warm weather conditions as the Superbike TT Race. It was the 600c LCR Honda outfit of Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox that had dominated practice with a fastest time of 19 minutes, 35.66 seconds an average speed of 115.534 set on Friday evening practice. The first competitor away from the TT Grandstand was the 600cc DMR Suzuki sidecar outfit of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle that immediately retired at the end of the pit-lane with clutch problems.[14] The 600cc LCR Suzuki of John Holden/Andrew Winkle led the Sidecar TT Race 'A' at Glen Helen by 1.86 seconds on lap 1 from the LCR outfit of Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox with the 600cc LCR Honda of Klaus Klaffenbock/Christian Parzer in third place a further 3.36 seconds behind the leaders. At Ballaugh Bridge on the first lap, John Holden/Andrew Winkle had extended their lead to 3.5 seconds and to 6 seconds by Ramsey Hairpin over Nick Crowe/Mark Cox. The 600cc LCR Honda sidecar of Klaus Klaffenbock/Christian Parzer retired just before Parliament Square in Ramsey and the 600cc Yamaha of Steve Norbury/Rick Long now moved into 3rd place and the 600cc Suzuki of Simon Neary/Jamie Winn into 4th place. As Nick Crowe/Mark Cox increased their race pace, the lead of John Holden/Andrew Winkle fell from 5.3 seconds at the Bungalow to 3.1 seconds at the end of lap 1 at the TT Grandstand.[14]

At Glen Helen on lap 2, the lead for John Holden/Andrew Winkle was now reduced to 0.19 seconds. Due to the increasing race speed of Nick Crowe/Mark Crowe and problems experienced by John Holden/Andrew Winkle with a failing rear shock absorber they slipped 4.19 seconds behind the new leaders of Crowe/Cox at Ramsey Hairpin on lap 2. The Yamaha sidecar of Steve Norbury/Rick Long retired at Handley's Corner on lap 2 allowing Simon Neary/Jamie Winn to claim 3rd place and to lead the 600cc LCR Suzuki of Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance by just 0.23 seconds in 4th place. A lap of 19 minutes, 40.43 seconds an average race speed of 115.066 mph on lap 2 by Nick Crowe/Mark Cox was the fastest of the race and now led John Holden/Andrew Winkle by 9.8 seconds. This lead increased to 12 seconds by Glen Helen on lap 3 for Crowe/Cox and the Yamaha sidecar of Simon Neary/Jamie Winn retired at Union Mills allowing TT newcomer Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance into 3rd place. On the final climb of the Mountain Section, Nick Crowe/Mark Cox extended their lead to 16.49 seconds to win Sidecar TT Race 'A' in 59 minutes and 22.80 seconds at an average race speed of 114.372 mph from John Holden/Andrew Winkle in 2nd place at an average race speed of 113.751 mph and the former World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance in 3rd place at an average race speed of 111.096 mph. Despite the fast race pace, Nick Crowe commented that;- "The bike did not feel very fast today....It wouldn't pull top gear properly. I may have overgeared it, but perhaps it was the heat.".[15] The 3rd place for Tim Reeves was the first podium place for a sidecar driver as a TT newcomer since Rolf Biland and Ken Williams finished 2nd in the 1977 Sidecar Race 'B.' In respect to his decision to enter the Isle of Man TT Races, Tim Reeves had some harsh comments;- "I had some many doubters. So many said I wouldn't cut it here so this has just pi**ed in their Corn Flakes."[15]

Superstock TT Race[edit]

The first race on Monday 2 June 2008 was the 4 lap (150.92 miles) Superstock TT Race for 1000cc motor-cycles conforming to the 2008 MCRCB Superstock Regulations. The practice leaderboard for the Superstock TT Race was headed by Ryan Farquhar riding a 1000cc Kawasaki motor-cycle with a time of 17 minutes and 52.41 seconds an average speed of 126.657 mph set on Thursday evening practice. With low mist on the Mountain Section course the 2008 Superstock TT Race went ahead without a delay in the start-time and race officials cleared the grid at the 2-minute race-start signal to prevent the problems that occurred at the start of the Superbike TT Race. At Glen Helen in mixed road conditions on lap 1, the 1000cc Honda motor-cycle of John McGuinness led Gary Johnson with a race number 16 and a start interval of 2 minutes 30 seconds, by 2.3 seconds from the Suzuki of Bruce Anstey in 3rd place. By the time that McGuinness arrived at Ramsey Hairpin on lap 1 the other competitors had increased their race pace and he now only led by 0.16 seconds from the Suzuki of Cameron Donald. With further damp patches between Ramsey Hairpin and the Water Works Corner and mixed weather including mist on the Mountain Section, it was Cameron Donald that seized the initiative and now led McGuinness at the Bungalow by a narrow margin of 1.10 seconds.[16] The first lap was completed in 17 minutes and 53.12 seconds an average speed of 126.573 mph by Cameron Donald to lead John McGuinness by 1.75 seconds in 2nd place, the Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar in 3rd place and the Honda of Gary Johnson relegated to 4th place.

Although Guy Martin riding a Honda completed lap 1 in 6th place with a lap of 125.090 mph, he increased his race speed during lap 2 to 126.926 mph to move into 3rd place on the Mountain Section pushing the Yamaha of Conor Cummins into 3rd place. Race leader, Cameron Donald produced the fastest lap of the 2008 Supersport race in 17 minutes and 44.5 seconds an average speed of 127.544 mph. A delay caused by an overflow of petrol for McGuinness during refuelling at a pit-stop at the end of lap 2 increased the lead for Cameron Donald to 8 seconds. Problems with a fuel-cap lost 5 seconds for Conor Cummins in pit-lane and allowed Ryan Farquhar to claim 4th place. The winner of the 2007 Superstock race, Bruce Anstey retired on lap 2 at the TT Grandstand after suffering with the effects of flu, while both Keith Amor and Gary Johnson retired at Governor's Bridge after running-out of petrol. On lap 3, Cameron Donald increased the lead to 17.5 seconds, although on lap 4 McGuinness lapped at a speed of 126.619 mph to reduced the margin to 15.07 seconds on the last lap and Cameron Donald riding for Suzuki won the 2008 Superstock TT race in 1hour, 11 minutes and 59.69 seconds an average race speed of 125.776. After missing the 2007 Centenary TT races through injury, Cameron Donald celebrated a double-win and said the race was won due to the weather conditions;- "...I was a bit surprised about the fog on the mountain....Then I thought there is no traffic coming the other way and no kangaroos, so I put my head down and went for it."[16]

Supersport Junior TT Race 1[edit]

Held in improving weather conditions the second race of the day was the 4 lap (150.92 mph) Junior TT race 1 for 600cc motor-cycles conforming to the 2008 MCRCB Supersport Regulations. The practice leaderboard for the Junior TT Race was headed by Ryan Farquhar riding a 600cc Kawasaki motor-cycle with a time of 18 minutes and 25.06 seconds an average speed of 122.915 mph set on Friday evening practice. The first competitor away from the TT Grandstand was the 600cc Honda of Guy Martin who retired on lap 1 at the Highlander. The pre-race favourite, the 600cc Suzuki of Bruce Anstey led at Glen Helen by 1.7 seconds from the 600cc Yamaha of Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness riding a Honda in 3rd place. After reaching the official timing point at Ballaugh Bridge on lap 1, Bruce Anstey now led by 6 seconds from McGuinness in 2nd place. The lead increased to 9.32 seconds by Ramsey Hairpin on lap 1 and the places behind the leader Anstey continued to change as Ryan Farquhar moved into 3rd place only 0.3 seconds behind McGuinness. On the mountain section of the course the 600cc Honda of Keith Amor passed McGuinness for second place and Bruce Anstey completed lap 1 in 18 minutes and 9.04 seconds at an average speed of 124.723 mph to lead by 11.76 seconds. While Anstey continued to increase his lead to 15.2 seconds on lap 2 at Glen Helen, Keith Amor in 2nd place had only managed to marginally increase his lead over McGuinness from 1.19 to 1.3 seconds. At the Ramsey Hairpin on lap 2, Bruce Anstey led on the road and on corrected race-time by 23 seconds from Keith Amor and John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson passed Farquhar for 4th place only to retire at Sulby on lap 3.[17]

A lap of 123.600 mph on lap 3 by Steve Plater riding a 600cc Yamaha, passed Ian Lougher and Conor Cummins to claim 5th place. The fast race pace was continued by Bruce Anstey, completing lap 2 in 18 minutes and 3.40 seconds an average speed of 125.372 and breaking the lap record previously held by Guy Martin for the Junior TT by 1.63 seconds. At the pit-stop at the end of lap 2, Bruce Anstey led by 24.82 seconds from McGuinness who had regained 2nd place with a slender lead of 0.08 second of Keith Amor. A much faster pit-stop by McGuinness reduced the lead of Bruce Anstey by 5 seconds, although this advantage was reduced by Ballaugh Bridge on lap 3 and Anstey's lead was now back to 21 seconds. Another lap of 119.040 mph on lap 3 by Steve Plater elevated him to 4th place, passing the Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar. This was followed by another lap of 124.363 mph by Steve Plater on lap 4, passing Keith Amor at Glen Helen on corrected time for 3rd place and only 9 seconds behind McGuinness in 2nd place reducing the gap between Plater and McGuinness to 5 seconds at Ramsey Hairpin on the last lap. The Mountain Section again proved to be conclusive as Steve Plater passed McGuinness to claim 2nd place on corrected time by 0.87 seconds at the finish-line and 21.27 seconds behind the 1st place of Bruce Anstey with an average race speed of 122.927 mph. A post-race technical inspection of the 600cc Suzuki of Bruce Anstey discovered an oversized exhaust-cam lifter at 8.75 mm as the Supersport regulations define a maximum limit of 8.00 mm. The TT race organiser accepted that a mistake by the race engine builder caused by a mis-labelled exhaust cam part resulted in the breach of the race homologation rules and the subsequent disqualification of the 600cc Suzuki of Bruce Anstey from first place. The revised result for the 2008 Supersport TT Race 1 elevated Steve Plater riding a 600cc Yamaha to 1st place in a race time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 1.07 seconds at an average race speed of 122.338 mph. After his achievement to claim second place and then elevated to winner, Steve Plater said that;- "I can't believe it. Its been a rollercoaster of emotions for me....My head is a big snowball. I need to let it sink in for a while."[18]

Supersport Junior TT Race 2[edit]

The 4 lap (150.92 mph) Junior TT race 2 held on Wednesday 4 June 2008 was run in the shadow of the exclusion of Bruce Anstey for a technical infringement from Mondays Supersport race 1. Determined to make amends and again race favourite for Supersport race 2, Bruce Anstey found that it was the 600cc Yamaha of Ian Hutchinson that led by 0.4 second at Glen Helen on lap 1. This was increased to 1.0 seconds at Ballaugh Bridge and Ian Hutchinson led the 600cc Honda's of John McGuinness and Guy Martin in 3rd place. As the official timing-point at Ramsey Hairpin was reached on lap 1, the 600cc Suzuki of Bruce Anstey now led by 0.41 second from Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin. The 600cc Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar was now in 4th place and was timed on the Sulby Straight at 172.50 mph[19] as the 600cc Honda of John McGuinness slowed with an oil-leak and eventually retired at the end of the first lap. The winner of Mondays Superport race, Steve Plater retired his 600cc Yamaha at the Bungalow along with the 600cc Honda of Keith Amor on lap 1 after he had experienced a small fire on the descent down Bray Hill after a lead from the wiring-loom worked loose and melted on the carbon-fibre bodywork.[20] It was Ian Hutchinson that produced a lap of 18 minutes and 13.09 seconds an average speed of 124.261 mph to lead Bruce Anstey by 0.83 seconds at the TT Grandstand on lap 1. As the pace increased, Bruce Anstey lapped in a new record time of 18 minutes and 3.51 seconds an average speed of 125.359 to lead Ian Hutchinson by 7.96 seconds. At the pits stops at the end of lap 2, Matts Nilsson was awarded a 5 second penalty for over-shooting the stop-box. At the Mountain Box on lap 3, Cameron Donald retired with mechanical problems as his team-mate, Bruce Anstey continued to dominate the remainder of the Supersport Race to win in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 35.71 seconds at an average race speed of 123.041 mph. An obviously relieved Anstey said; -"I wanted to put Monday behind me. The bike felt better than it did on Monday. If it had not been so windy on the Mountain Mile I could have gone faster and perhaps broken the race record."[21]

Sidecar TT Race 'B'[edit]

The 3 lap (113.00 miles) Sidecar TT Race 'B' it was again the 600c LCR Honda outfit of Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox that had dominated the race and led the 600cc LCR Suzuki of John Holden/Andrew Winkle by 2.4 seconds at Glen Helen on lap 1 and the DMR 600cc Suzuki of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle in 3rd place. At Ballaugh Bridge the sidecar outfit of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle passed Holden/Winkle on corrected race time and were a full 5 seconds behind the leading sidecar crew of Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox. As the leaders approached the official timing at the Bungalow, the LCR outfit of Nick Crowe/Mark Cox had almost made-up the 10 second road starting difference completing lap 1 in 19 minutes and 48.35 seconds an average speed of 114.300 mph with a lead of 8.95 seconds. Passing Molyneux/Dan Sayle on the road at Braddan Bridge the lead for Nick Crowe/Mark Cox was 10.47 seconds ahead on lap 2 at Glen Helen. The 600cc Suzuki outfit of Kenny Howles/Doug Jewell crashed at the 11th Milestone on lap 2 and the sidecar crew were air-lifted to Nobles Hospital. The 600cc DMR Suzuki of Roy Hanks/Dave Wells retired at the Windy Corner on the same lap. The 2nd place crew of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle made a number of attempts to try to pass the leaders on lap 2 & 3 and Nick Crowe/Mark Cox won the Sidecar TT Race 'B' in 59 minutes and 34.76 seconds an average race speed of 112.989 mph. The winner Nick Crowe said the close racing with Dave Molyneux that;- "....you could not have put a cigarette paper between us at times – in fact I'sure we did touch fairings in places."[22]

Senior TT Race[edit]

The Blue Riband event of TT Race week was the Senior TT race over 6 lap (226.38 miles) of the Snaefell Mountain Course held on Friday 6 June 2008. A parade lap for Ducati racing motor-cycles held before the start of the Senior TT included former World Superbike Champion and TT race winner Carl Fogarty along with Trevor Nation, Frank Rutter and Michael Rutter. The former 1950's TT competitor Sammy Miller crashed a twin-cylinder 1978 Ducati 900SS motor-cycle at the Water Works Corner during the parade lap and was unhurt.[23]

The 12 noon start for the much anticipated Senior TT was expected to be a battle between the 2008 double TT winner Cameron Donald and his Suzuki team-mate Bruce Anstey after claiming his 7th TT win a couple of days earlier to equal the number of wins of former TT competitor Mick Grant. The first competitor away from the TT Grandstand was the 1000cc Honda of Guy Martin. The local Isle of Man TT rider, Conor Cummins retired at the 2nd Milestone on lap 1 near Union Mills after his 1000cc Yamaha suffered an oil-leak. At Glen Helen on lap 1, despite also having a suspected oil-leak the 1000cc Honda of John McGuinness led by 0.4 seconds from the 1000cc Yamaha of Ian Hutchinson and the 1000cc Suzuki of Bruce Anstey in 3rd place. As the leaders of the Senior TT reached the official timing-point in Ramsey on lap 1, the Honda of McGuinness now led Bruce Anstey by 0.15 seconds and his Suzuki team-mate Cameron Donald in 3rd place, followed by Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson slipping to 5th place. A lap of 128.631 mph by Bruce Anstey from a standing start gave him a lead of 1.98 seconds over john McGuinness at the end of lap 1, increasing his lead to 2.5 seconds at Ballaugh Bridge on lap 2 and then to 4.5 seconds at the Bungalow on fast Mountain Section of the course and recording another lap at an average speed of 129.445 mph.

The lap 2 pit-stops proved to be dramatic as Bruce Anstey promptly retired with a slipping-clutch and Guy Martin retired at the Quarterbridge after his pit-stop with a failed alternator. This left John McGuinness with a 4 second lead over the Suzuki of Cameron Donald on lap 3 and a 34 second lead over Ian Hutchinson in 3rd place. As the pace of the Senior TT race increased, the lead that McGuinness held fell to 2.0 seconds at Ballaugh Bridge on lap 3 to a lead of 0.1 seconds at the Ramsey Hairpin over Cameron Donald. At the start of lap 4, John McGuinness held onto a lead of 0.78 seconds at the TT Grandstand which he held until Ramsey on the same lap. The run over the Mountain Section proved to be crucial as with Bruce Anstey on lap 1 his Suzuki team-mate, Cameron Donald claiming a lead of 3.1 seconds over the Honda of John McGuinness at the official timing-point at the Bungalow. A lap of 129.231 mph by Cameron Donald gave him a health lead going into the second pit-stop at the end of lap 4. Despite, John McGuinness having a slightly faster pit-stop he remained in 2nd place and the deficit was increased to 4.12 seconds at Glen Helen on lap 5 and by Ramsey this had increased to 6.74 seconds. As the Australian, Cameron Donald was on course for a prestigious hat-trick of TT wins on the last lap of the Senior TT the 6.74 second lead at the TT Grandstand fell dramatically to a 9.27 second deficit as the Honda of John McGuinness became the new leader at Glen Helen on lap 6. As Cameron Donald slowed his pace with an oil-leak from a split crankcase on the last lap, John McGuinness produced the fastest lap of the race in 17 minutes and 28.54 seconds an average speed of 129.517 mph which was only 6.73 seconds slower than the 130.354 mph outright record set during the 2007 Centenary TT Races. After 6 laps of the Snaefell Mountain Course, John McGuinness won the 2008 Senior TT race in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 47.69 seconds at an average race speed of 127.186 mph, the most dramatic Senior TT race since 1992 when Steve Hislop won the Senior TT after beating Carl Fogarty. After claiming his 14th Isle of Man TT win and equalling the record of Mike Hailwood, in the winners enclosure John McGuinness said that;- "It was the closest big-bike TT race I have been in....I was relieved to hear the British National anthem as I was getting tried of listening to the New Zealand and Australian ones."[24]

National Road Race Meeting 2008[edit]

The National Road Race Meeting, now the traditional final event of the Isle of Man TT Festival and was the venue for the re-introduction of two-stroke motor-cycle racing with a Lightweight TT and Ultra-Lightweight TT race on the Billown Circuit on Saturday 7 June 2008. Held in almost perfect weather and evening sunshine, the first race was the 12 lap (51.00 miles) 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT race on the 4.25 mile Billown Circuit in Castletown. The leader from the start was the 125cc Honda of Chris Palmer leading by 3 seconds from Ian Lougher on lap 1, increasing his lead to 12 seconds over Lougher by lap 4. Despite being only in 7th place on lap 1 at Ballabeg Hairpin, Dan Sayle changing from a sidecar TT passenger to the solo class moved up to 3rd place by lap 3. With only 2 laps remaining, Chris Palmer led Ian Lougher by 20 seconds only for Lougher to have his chain break of his 125cc Honda on the exit of Castletown Corner. The 2008 Lightweight TT Race was won by Chris Palmer in 32 minutes and 32.309 seconds at an average race speed of 94.042 mph from Dan Sayle and Nigel Moore in 3rd place. After the TT Race debut at the Billown Circuit, Chris Palmer was delighted with his win and said;- "That last lap was a very long way, indeed 12 laps of this course is a heck of a distance for the little two-strokes as there is so much accelerating, braking and clutch-slipping. It is also pretty demanding as a rider. I reckon 12 laps of this course is harder than four laps of the Mountain."[25]

The 2nd race of the Billown TT was the 12 lap (51.00 miles) 250cc Lightweight TT race and was closely contested event with Chris Palmer the race 1 winner grabbing the holeshot down to Ballakeighen Corner and to lead lap 1. The leader for the next 2 laps was Ian Lougher from Ryan Farquhar, Michael Dunlop and Chris Palmer in 4th place. By lap 4, Michael Dunlop claimed the lead from Ryan Farquhar who later led lap 6 by 0.1 second from Ian Lougher and Michael Dunlop. A broken crankshaft ended Michael Dunlop's race at Ballabeg Hairpin on lap 9, while Ian Lougher edged away from the opposition in the remaining laps to win the 2008 Lightweight TT Race in 30 minutes and 22.495 seconds at an average race speed of 100.741 mph. In 2nd place was Ryan Farquhar who finished the 2008 National Road Meeting with a win on a 1000cc Kawasaki in the 9 lap (38.25 miles) support race in 21 minutes and 39.200 seconds at an average race speed of 105.988 mph.

Results[edit]

Practice Times[edit]

Superbike/Senior TT Leaderboard and Practice Times[edit]

Rank Rider Mon 26 May Tues 27 May Wed 28 May Thurs 29 May Fri 30 May
1 England John McGuinness
1000cc Honda
17' 58.34
125.960 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 52.08
126.696 mph
17' 36.11
128.611 mph
2 Australia Cameron Donald
1000cc Suzuki
17' 59.53
125.882 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 57.37
126.074 mph
17' 37.45
128.448 mph
3 New Zealand Bruce Anstey
1000cc Suzuki
17' 59.97
125.771 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 53.97
126.472 mph
17' 46.65
127.820 mph
4 England Guy Martin
1000cc Honda
17' 57.83
126.020 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 48.84
127.080 mph
17' 43.07
127.770 mph
5 England Ian Hutchinson
1000cc Yamaha

No Time

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 55.45
126.299 mph
17' 49.86
126.959 mph
6 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar
1000cc Kawasaki
18' 03.62
125.346 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 52.41
126.657 mph
18' 30.87
122.272 mph
7 Northern Ireland Adrian Archibald
1000cc Suzuki
17' 59.14
125.867 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 05.78
125.097 mph
17' 15.11
126.339 mph
8 England Gary Johnson
1000cc Honda
18' 23.88
123.046 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 10.13
124.598 mph
18' 01.35
125.610 mph
9 Isle of Man Conor Cummins
1000cc Suzuki
18' 58.95
119.257 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 15.53
123.984 mph
18' 02.83
125.438 mph
10 England Daniel Stewart
1000cc Honda
18' 20.86
123.383 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 13.58
121.974 mph
18' 08.48
124.795 mph
11 Scotland Keith Amor
1000cc Honda
18' 23.61
123.076 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 44.74
120.671 mph
18' 11.96
124.389 mph
12 Scotland Les Shand
1000cc Yamaha
18' 39.11
121.371 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 44.93
120.744 mph
18' 13.20
124.248 mph
13 Wales Ian Lougher
1000cc Yamaha
18' 23.76
123.059 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 13.47
124.218 mph
18' 15.32
124.007 mph
14 England Carl Rennie
1000cc Honda
18' 29.62
122.410 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
17' 23.68
123.069 mph

No Time
15 England Mark Parrett
1000cc Yamaha

No Time

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 48.57
120.354 mph
18' 28.27
122.599 mph
16 England James McBride
1000cc Yamaha
18' 30.16
122.349 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time

No Time

No Time
17 Isle of Man Gary Carswell
1000cc Suzuki
18' 58.45
119.309 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
19' 01.89
118.950 mph
18' 35.00
121.819 mph
18 England Paul Owen
1000cc Kawasaki
18' 52.63
119.992 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 58.17
119.339 mph
18' 39.73
121.304 mph
19 Northern Ireland John Burrows
1000cc Honda
19' 02.890
118.847 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 55.69
119.600 mph
18' 43.93
120.851 mph
20 England Ian Pattinson
1000cc Yamaha
18' 48.93
120.361 mph

No Time
Cancelled
No Time
18' 47.97
120.419 mph
18' 43.93
120.737 mph

Sidecar TT[edit]

Rank Rider Mon 26 May
1 Isle of Man Nick Crowe/Mark Cox
LCR Honda 600cc
20' 03.61
112.851 mph
2 England John Holden/Andrew Winkle
LCR Suzuki 600cc
20' 16.94
111.614 mph
3 Austria Klaus Klaffenböck/Christian Parzer
LCR Honda 600cc
20' 44.56
109.137 mph
4 England Simon Neary/Jamie Winn
600cc Suzuki
20' 48.06
108.831 mph
5 England Phil Dongworth/Stuart Castles
600cc Ireson Honda
20' 57.07
108.054 mph
6 Isle of Man Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle
DMR Suzuki 600cc
21' 03.22
107.526 mph
7 England Conard Harrison/Kerry Williams
Honda 600cc
21' 14.82
106.546 mph
8 England Greg Lambert/Sally Wilson
DMR Suzuki 600cc
21' 28.25
105.436 mph
9 England Nigel Connole/Dipash Chauhan
LCR Honda 600cc
21' 32.11
105.121 mph
10 England Andy Laidlow/Martin Hull
LCR Suzuki 600cc
21' 38.38
104.172 mph
11 England Gary Bryan/Robert Bell
Yamaha 600cc
21' 43.99
103.718 mph
12 England Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance
LCR Suzuki 600cc
21' 49.59
103.718 mph

Race Results[edit]

2008 Superbike TT final standings.[edit]

31 May 2008 6 Laps (236.38 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Australia Cameron Donald Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 126.826 mph 1:47.16.66
2 New Zealand Bruce Anstey Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 126.614 mph 1:48.16.66
3 Northern Ireland Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 125.034 mph 1:49.37.97
4 England Gary Johnson Honda Fireblade 1000cc 124.372 mph 1:49.12.67
5 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R1 1000cc 124.018 mph 1:49.31.38
6 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX10-R 1000cc 123.936 mph 1:49.35.70
7 Scotland Keith Amor Honda Fireblade 1000cc 122.838 mph 1:50.34.50
8 England Daniel Stewart Honda CBR 1000cc 122.815 mph 1:50.35.73
9 England Carl Rennie Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 122.423 mph 1:50.57.00
10 England Steve Plater Yamaha R1 1000cc 122.233 mph 1:51.07.34

Fastest Lap and New Lap Record: Guy Martin – 129.540 mph (17'28.54) on lap 2.

2008 Sidecar TT Race ‘A’ TT final standings[edit]

31 May 2008 3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Isle of Man Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox LCR Honda 600cc 114.372 mph 59’ 22.80
2 England John Holden/Andrew Winkle LCR Suzuki 600cc 113.751 mph 59’ 42.24
3 England Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance LCR Suzuki 600cc 111.096 mph 1:01.07.84
4 England Phil Dongworth/Stuart Castles Ireson Honda 600cc 111.011 mph 1:01.10.68
5 England Nigel Connole/Dipash Chauhan LCR Honda 600cc 109.926 mph 1:01.46.90
6 England Douglas Wright/Stuart Bond Honda 600cc 109.817 mph 1:01.50.57
7 England Gary Bryan/Robert Bell Yamaha 600cc 108.347 mph 1:02.36.68
8 England Tony Elmer/Darren Marshall Ireson Yamaha 600cc 108.347 mph 1:02.40.93
9 England Roy Hanks/Dave Wells DMR Suzuki 600cc 108.141 mph 1:02.48.08
10 England Greg Lambert/Sally Wilson DMR Honda 600cc 107.954 mph 1:02.54.60

Fastest Lap: Nick Crowe and Mark Cox – 115.066 mph (19'40.43) on lap 2.

2008 Superstock TT final standings.[edit]

2 June 2008 4 Laps (150.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Australia Cameron Donald Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 125.776 mph 1:11.59.68
2 England John McGuinness Honda 1000cc 125.338 mph 1:12.14.76
3 England Guy Martin Honda 1000cc 125.253 mph 1:12.17.71
4 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX10 1000cc 124.776 mph 1:13.34.98
5 Isle of Man Conor Cummins Yamaha R1 1000cc 124.605 mph 1:12.40.28
6 Northern Ireland Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 123.596 mph 1:13.15.87
7 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R1 1000cc 123.103 mph 1:13.33.48
8 England Steve Plater Yamaha R1 1000cc 122.897 mph 1:13.40.87
9 England Carl Rennie Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 122.732 mph 1:13.46.81
10 England Daniel Stewart Yamaha R1 120.001 mph 1:14.13.33

Fastest Lap: Cameron Donald – 127.544 mph (17'44.95) on lap 2.

2008 Supersport Junior TT Race 1 (Revised Result)[edit]

2 June 2008 4 Laps (150.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England Steve Plater Yamaha R6 600cc 122.338 mph 1:14.01.07
2 England John McGuinness Honda 600cc 122.245 mph 1:14.04.46
3 Scotland Keith Amor Honda CBR 600cc 122.030 mph 1:14.12.28
4 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX6 600cc 121.976 mph 1:14.14.26
5 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R6 600cc 121.942 mph 1:14.15.50
6 England Gary Johnson Honda CBR 600cc 120.981 mph 1:14.15.89
7 England Mark Parrett Yamaha R6 600cc 120.020 mph 1:15.26.86
8 Sweden Mats Nilsson Honda 600cc 119.879 mph 1:15.32.36
9 Australia Cameron Donald Suzuki GSXR 600cc 119.853 mph 1:15.33.15
10 Northern Ireland Michael Dunlop Yamaha R6 600cc 119.850 mph 1:15.33.26

Fastest Lap: Steve Plater – 124.127 mph (18'12.19) on lap 4.

2008 Supersport Junior TT Race 2 Result[edit]

4 June 2008 4 Laps (150.73 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 New Zealand Bruce Anstey Suzuki GSXR 600cc 123.041 mph 1:13.35.71
2 England Ian Hutchinson Honda 600cc 122.099 mph 1:14.09.76
3 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX6 600cc 121.733 mph 1:14.23.14
4 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R6 600cc 121.258 mph 1:14.40.63
5 England Gary Johnson Honda CBR 600cc 121.138 mph 1:14.45.05
6 England Guy Martin Honda 600cc 120.958 mph 1:14.51.73
7 Isle of Man Conor Cummins Yamaha R6 600cc 120.455 mph 1:15.10.49
8 Northern Ireland Michael Dunlop Yamaha R6 600cc 119.838 mph 1:15.33.71
9 Northern Ireland Adrian Archibald Yamaha R6 600cc 119.179 mph 1:15.58.79
10 England Daniel Stewart Yamaha R6 600cc 119.118 mph 1:16.01.11

Fastest Lap and New Lap Record: Bruce Anstey – 125.359 mph (18'03.51) on lap 2.

2008 Sidecar TT Race ‘B’ final standings[edit]

4 June 2008 3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Isle of Man Nick Crowe/Mark Cox LCR Honda 600cc 113.989 mph 59’ 34.76
2 Isle of Man Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle DMR Suzuki 600cc 113.654 mph 59’ 45.31
3 England John Holden/Andrew Winkle LCR Suzuki 600cc 112.585 mph 1:00.19.33
4 England Steve Norbury/Rick Long Yamaha 600cc 112.144 mph 1:00.33.58
5 Austria Klaus Klaffenböck/Christian Parzer LCR Honda 600cc 112.177 mph 1:00.34.47
6 England Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance LCR Suzuki 600cc 111.324 mph 1:00.59.76
7 England Phil Dongworth/Stuart Castles Ireson Honda 600cc 110.830 mph 1:01.16.66
8 England Simon Neary/Jamie Winn Suzuki 600cc 110.071 mph 1:01.19.27
9 England Nigel Connole/Dipash Chauhan LCR Honda 600cc 109.801 mph 1:01.51.10
10 England Douglas Wright/Stuart Bond Honda 600cc 109.049 mph 1:02.16.71

Fastest Lap: Nick Crowe and Mark Cox – 114.544 mph (19'45.81) on lap 2.

2008 Senior TT final standings.[edit]

6 June 2008 6 Laps (236.38 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England John McGuinness Honda 1000cc 127.186 mph 1:46.47.69
2 Australia Cameron Donald Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 126.183 mph 1:47.38.64
3 England Ian Hutchinson Yamaha R1 1000cc 125.198 mph 1:48.29.44
4 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX10 1000cc 124.852 mph 1:48.47.45
5 England Steve Plater Yamaha R1 124.195 mph 1:49.22.02
6 England Gary Johnson Yamaha R1 1000cc 123.810 mph 1:49.42.39
7 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R1 1000cc 123.493 mph 1:49.59.30
8 England Carl Rennie Suzuki GSXR 1000cc 123.180 mph 1:50.16.08
9 England Daniel Stewart Honda CBR 1000cc 122.905 mph 1:50.39.08
10 Northern Ireland Michael Dunlop Yamaha R1 998cc 122.301 mph 1:51.03.62

2008 Ultra-Lightweight TT final standings.[edit]

7 June 2008 12 Laps (51.00 Miles) Billown Circuit.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 England Chris Palmer Honda 125cc 94.042 mph 32’ 32.309
2 Isle of Man Dan Sayle Honda 125cc 92.414 mph 33’ 06.716
3 Northern Ireland Nigel Moore Honda 125cc 91.548 mph 33’ 25.500
4 England James Ford Honda 125cc 90.912 mph 33’ 39.525
5 England Chris McGahan Honda 125cc 90.379 mph 33’ 51.452
6 England Peter Wakefield Honda 125cc 90.371 mph 33’ 51.633
7 Northern Ireland Samuel Dunlop Honda 125cc 89.120 mph 34’ 20.136
8 Northern Ireland Barry Davidson Honda 125cc 89.092 mph 34’ 20.787
9 New Zealand Paul Dobbs Honda 125cc 89.043 mph 34’ 21.931
10 England Robert Knight Honda 125cc 88.825 mph 34’ 26.982

2008 Lightweight TT final standings.[edit]

7 June 2008 12 Laps (51.00 Miles) Billown Circuit.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Wales Ian Lougher Honda 250cc 100.741 mph 30’ 22.495
2 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Honda 250cc 100.265 mph 30’ 31.151
3 England Chris Palmer Honda 250cc 98.607 mph 31’ 01.940
4 Northern Ireland Andrew Neill Honda 250cc 98.546 mph 31’ 03.093
5 Northern Ireland Davy Morgan Honda 250cc 96.314 mph 31’ 46.270
6 Wales Gary Owen Honda 250cc 95.722 mph 31’ 58.045
7 England Phil Harvey Honda 250cc 94.405 mph 32’ 24.803
8 England Paul Shoesmith Honda 250cc 92.576 mph 30’ 17.957
9 Northern Ireland Sam Dunlop Honda 250cc 92.470 mph 30’ 20.051
10 England Chris Barrett Yamaha 250cc 91.630 mph 30’ 36.733

2008 600cc/1000cc Support Race final standings.[edit]

7 June 2008 9 Laps (38.25 Miles) Billown Circuit.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Northern Ireland Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki 105.988 mph 21’ 39.200
2 Wales Ian Lougher Yamaha R1 1000cc 104.547 mph 21’ 57.108
3 Scotland Mark Buckley Honda 1000cc 103.720 mph 22’ 07.615
4 England Mark Parrett Honda 1000cc 103.073 mph 22’ 15.948
5 Isle of Man Gary Carswell Suzuki 1000cc 102.907 mph 22’ 18.104
6 Northern Ireland Paul Cranston Honda 1000cc 102.766 mph 22’ 19.937
7 England Roy Richardson Yamaha 599cc 102.745 mph 22’ 20.206
8 New Zealand Paul Dobbs Suzuki 1000cc 102.627 mph 22’ 21.448
9 Northern Ireland Michael Dunlop Suzuki 1000cc 101.946 mph 22’ 30.712
10 Isle of Man Stephen Oates Suzuki 600cc 101.256 mph 22’ 30.712

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