John takes top spot and Geoffrey leads the handicap series

Alistair McCourt in action during last week's 10 mile TT on his way to posting a fifth place 25.39.
Alistair McCourt in action during last week's 10 mile TT on his way to posting a fifth place 25.39.

John Clyde clocked up the fastest time in West Down Wheelers’ 10 mile TT on the Rathfriland Road circuit last week.

His 23.40 was a good time and came in at 28 seconds quicker than second place Wheeler Paul McManus, who posted 24 08. Visitor David McKnight came in at an impressive 23.53.

It was his first race and he showed what a good class rider he is. Two riders tied for third place. They were Will Maxwell and Matthew McKinistry, who couldn’t be separated at 24.57 each. The pair are going to have close times in the coming races.

In the handicap, new kid on the block Geoffrey Tate from Rathfriland posted a vastly improved time and won the handicap, which is the first race in the Outlook Shield series.

Normally not far from the prizes, Paul Wilkinson punctured on the way to the turn and that ended his race.

Results

1 John Clyde 23 40

2 Paul McManus 24 08

3 will Maxwell 24 57

3 Matthew McKinistry 24 57

5 Alistair McCourt 25 39

6Andrew Hodgen 26 19

7 Geoffrey Tate 27 27

8Mark Alexander 29 06

9Paul Wilkinson punctured

Visitor: David McKnight 23 53

Handicap awards

1Geoffrey Tate 22 27

2 Matthew McKinistry 22 57

3 Andrew Hodgen 22 59

4 Alistair McCourt 23 29