Browne Shows his Colours at Billown

In News by Phil Edge

Newcomer Mike Browne came, saw and conquered at the Colas Post TT Road Races, round seven of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2019, taking his first road race win in the CuPlas Callow 600cc Race and setting the fastest lap of the race at 106.179mph and to prove his liking for the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course the Cork rider finished third in the feature race of the event, the Colas 1100cc race on the same 600cc Kawasaki behind two 1000cc BMW machines.

In the opening 600cc race, Wigan’s Rob Hodson finished second with Rhys Hardisty third, the Gilwern rider went two better in the Manx Independent Carriers 650/250cc race taking the chequered flag on his 250cc Yamaha ahead of locals Dave Moffitt and Gavin Brown on the 650cc mounts.

Rob Hodson took the victory in the Colas 1100cc race after a close eight-lap battle with Manxie Ryan Kneen by the merest of margins 0.078 of a second.

Another local did well taking fourth in the 600cc race and sixth in the 1100cc on his return to racing after on operation on his leg during 2018.

Whilst there are no changes in the top 16 in the Duke Rankings, The Irishman now slots into 17th position, up from 53rd and upwards movement of 36, whilst Rhys Hardisty climbs 41 places from 62nd to 21st.

Rob Hodson’s win and second place elevates him into the top forty as a new entry in 28th spot.

1 Derek McGee 1 No Change 689
2 Peter Hickman 2 No Change 605
3 Dean Harrison 3 No Change 525
4 Jamie Coward 4 No Change 522
5 James Hillier 5 No Change 468
6 Michael Dunlop 6 No Change 413
7 Conor Cummins 7 No Change 366
8 Derek Sheils 8 No Change 361
9 Lee Johnston 9 No Change 287
10 Michael Rutter 10 No Change 286
11 Michael Sweeney 11 No Change 276
12 Adam McLean 12 No Change 243
13 Davey Todd 13 No Change 234
14 Barry Davidson 14 No Change 220
15 Paul Williams 15 No Change 201
16 Dean Stimpson 16 No Change 197
17 Mike Browne 53 Up 36 186
18 Paul Jordan 17 Down 1 180
19 Brian Mateer 18 Down 1 175
20 Ben Rea 19 Down 1 157
21 Rhys Hardisty 62 Up 41 156
22 Glenn Irwin 20 Down 2 152
23 Alan Oversby 21 Down 2 130
24 Darryl Anderson 22 Down 2 128
25 Kevin Baker 23 Down 2 125
26 Tommy Henry 24 Down 2 125
27 Richard Ford 25 Down 2 123
28 Rob Hodson New Entry 120
29 Mike Hose 26 Down 3 120
30 Philip Shaw 27 Down 3 114
31 Stefano Bonetti 28 Down 3 110
32 Richard Cooper 29 Down 3 108
33 Eoin O’Siochru 30 Down 3 105
34 Neil Kernohan 31 Down 3 104
35 Thomas Maxwell 32 Down 3 104
36 Andy McAllister 33 Down 3 101
37 Keith Shannon 34 Down 3 101
38 Shaun Anderson 35 Down 3 96
39 Kevin Fitzpatrick 38 Down 3 96
40 Dominic Herbertson 37 Down 3 96

The next two rounds take place in Finland and Southern Ireland over the weekend of 15th & 16th June, the Imatra Road Races and the Kells Road Races, before moving to Northern Ireland for the Enniskillen Road Races on 28th & 29th June.   

Photo courtesy of Lidia Lewska shows Mark Browne on his way to victory in the Cuplas Callow 600cc race.

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