Dunlop in action last night at the Southern
By Road Racing desk
Image by Tony Goldsmith
Michael Dunlop won a thrilling Corletts Trophies 1000cc Race with a stunning last lap move on race leader Guy Martin in the first race in the Isle of Man Steampacket Company Southern 100 meeting at the Billown circuit in the South of the Island. Australian Cameron Donald fought his way from 9th on the grid to take the final podium slot.
Guy Martin set the early pace, in perfect conditions, from pole position on the grid but was tracked from the off by Michael Dunlop. The pair clocked a series of laps inside the old lap record of 2:17.652, set by Guy Martin in 2008, and Martin went into the last lap of the 8 lap race with a slender 0.196 lead.
He held the lead through backmarkers at Church Bends but was overtaken at ?Stadium Bend?, just on the approach to Castletown Corner. Dunlop also took Martin?s lap record with 2:16.213 (112.324mhp) finishing with a race time of 18:23.260, just 0.121 ahead of Martin.
Commenting after the race Michael Dunlop said: ?I made a lunge into stadium and lost the front end and went right out onto the kerb, it was messy but held it to get through. It was a great race and I thought that Guy was away at the start but I just plugged and plugged away.?