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Dan Cooper was cruelly denied his first win around the Isle of Man Mountain Course when the Stroud rider was forced to retire from Monday afternoon's 350cc Classic TT whilst leading.

Riding the 350cc Molnar Manx Norton, Dan was lying in second place after the first lap around the 37.73-mile course but it was close as he was only 1.8s behind race leader Michael Rutter. On the second lap, Dan took over the lead with his gap over Rutter up to almost three seconds at Ramsey Hairpin. Rutter reduced that slightly over the final third of the lap but with a speed of 101.613mph, Dan led by 1.3s with just one lap to go.

Here's a thing, a short video, just 2 and half minutes, showing the way round Thruxton. First lap of a British FII race. Feel those bumps.. 

Thanks to Ian Guy for the link. 

If you're thinking of testing on the Friday at Bemsee/British FII Cadwell Park but don't have a passenger, Phil Hyde is available to help you out.

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Welcome to the 5th round of six of this year's British F2 sidecar championship – the latest confrontation in the Founds/Peters versus Holden/Sayle battle for the title. John Holden, three times British champion partnered this year by Dan Sayle, led after each of the first three rounds, but a storming double win by Alan Founds and Tom Peters at round four in contrasting conditions – dry and sunny on the Saturday, torrential rain on the Sunday – sees them lead the title chase by 7.5 points, 158 to 150.5.

Sprint and Gold race.

With two races looming, for the "FIM 600cc World Sidecar trophy". "Team Shand Racing" set to changing their Honda 600 engine in their "Shand Chassis". Mechanic Douglas got all the relevant parts dismantled, while driver Gordon prepped the spare engine. Gordon had also recruited old friend and passenger Peter Hill to accompany the team to Germany, to help with the driving of the team truck "The Big Yellow Banana" as it is known to some. He and passenger for the weekend, Belgian Frank, sorted and cleaned all the parts.

From Phil Edge, the Scarborough Schedule for the Gold Cup. .

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