Classic Racer - - FIERCE -

With barely time to draw breath, we headed south east to Car­rick-on-suir six days later, for the Faugh­een 50 where the fine weather was re­in­stated and a ter­rific week­end of rac­ing was promised. First off was the Ju­nior Clas­sic with that man Barry David­son lead­ing the field, flag to flag, to se­cure yet an­other win, lap­ping at 83.956 in the process. Ed Manly took 2nd, Her­bie Ro­nan was chal­leng­ing for 3rd when his chain came off on the run into Cream­ery Cor­ner, lock­ing the rear wheel up and be­ing very lucky to stay up­right. It was Sean Leonard who took 3rd spot with Ken Parkes and Sam Kinkead en­joy­ing a right ding-dong to fin­ish 4th and 5th re­spec­tively. Brian Ma­teer was on fire on the 250cc Suzuki and took the win a full 12 sec­onds ahead of Phillip Shaw with Alex Mcvicker 3rd. Less than 90 min­utes later the big clas­sics took to the grid and Richard Ford, whose 250 mo­tor had ex­pired on the sight­ing lap of the Ju­nior race, was a man on a mis­sion as he lapped the Bob Jack­son Nor­ton at over 87mph to take a com­pre­hen­sive win, a good minute ahead of Phillip Shaw.

The 500cc class saw Ed Manly on pole and when the flag went up he shot for­ward, pulling dis­tance on the rest of the field, lap af­ter lap set­ting an all-new 500cc lap record on lap two and then break­ing it on lap three and again on lap four un­til, on the fi­nal lap while shoot­ing through Car­rick Cor­ner, he lost con­trol of the G50 and binned it leav­ing Barry David­son suit­ably placed to take his sec­ond win of the af­ter­noon. David­son and Manly have thrilled spec­ta­tors for the past few years with their ro­bust du­elling on track and many might be­lieve that there is very lit­tle love lost be­tween the pair. How­ever, it was both pleas­ing and note­wor­thy that, on the slow­ing down lap, David­son pulled up at Car­rick for Manly to hop on the back and gave him a lift back to the pad­dock.the 500cc fin­ished up with John Leigh Pem­ber­ton tak­ing 2nd and Fred­die Ste­wart 3rd.

Barry David­son shows de­ter­mi­na­tion as he chases Ed Manly in the 500cc race at Faugh­een.

Mc­crum checks his Wes­lake as Manly and David­son pre­pare to pass him at the start of the Se­nior Race at Faugh­een.

John Leigh Pem­ber­ton keeps an eye on Car­rick Cor­ner.

David­son and Manly lead the first group away at the start of the Ju­nior Race at Faugh­een.

Ed Manly pow­ers past spec­ta­tors at Cream­ery Cor­ner.

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