IOMTT: Farquhar Wins the Reinstated Lightweight TT

06/09/2012 @ 8:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

Suffering the same postponement and delays as the PokerStars Senior TT, the 2012 Lightweight TT overcame the adverse conditions, finally getting its start well into the Saturday afternoon.

With the 650cc twin-cylinder class getting reinstated for the 2012 Isle of Man TT, there was tremendous pressure for the race to go ahead this fortnight, especially with the number of entries that solely arrived to compete in the class. Reduced from four laps to three, the strategy for the Lightweight TT got amplified, with riders having to choose when to take their pit stop: ahead of Lap 2 or Lap 3.

By the time the pit stop strategies had balanced themselves between the front-runners, it was clear that Ryan Farquhar had dominated the class. Leading James Hillier by 28.99 seconds at the finish, the privateer rider bested the efforts of Hillier as well Michael Rutter, who rounded out the Lightweight TT podium.

Taking the lead by Glen Helen, Farquhar caught Hillier on the course by the first lap at Ramsey, and never looked back. With Rutter mounting a good charge in the first lap, his bid for second would fade in the second and third laps, as he yo-yo’d in the field’s varying pitsopts.

Farquhar’s win was his third podium of the TT fortnight, with the Irishman coming third in the Superstock TT and second Supersport TT races  — the victory was also his third career TT win. For full race results of the 2012 Lightweight TT race, click here.

Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t want riders exposed to unnecessary risks, and I can definitely agree with races being put off for fog or problems like oil. But ‘bad weather’, generally, has always been a part of racing on the Isle of Man. Races have often taken place in which the winner’s average speed was more than 10% below course-record pace i.e. in terrible rain/wind. And, I’m not sure those races were more dangerous than good-weather ones.

    I believe that, historically, the Senior has been delayed as late as the following Monday. The decision to cancel it acknowledges several factors: that the opening Superbike race is now really the ‘blue riband’ race, and that the large contingent of Manx residents who resent the TT can no longer be inconvenienced indefinitely. I think that this is the thin end of a wedge that will, within a few years, see the all the actual racing held in a single weekend.

  • RJ

    Hopefully those residents will change their minds once the millions in tourism revenue get’s cut in half. For a week’s inconvenience to some residents the trade off is a year’s worth of revenue. Plus, it’s been part of their history for over 100 years…

    The TT races define the Isle of Man for many people.

  • Richc54

    Longtime reader (via Motomatters/Kropotkin), first time commenter…

    Yay! Love the site, interesting mix of stories.

    Boo! Spoilers in the TT article titles – not all of us can watch the races on the day of running!