IAN Mackman lapped-up victory at Anglesey on Sunday.
The mechanic, who works at Bill Smith Motors in Chester, was due to compete in the Donington Revival Classic meeting. But engine troubles forced a rethink and he was accepted into the Sunday race of Anglesey’s weekend meeting.
The grid was set from championship positions and, as Mackman isn’t a regular at the island club, he started at the rear.
“I got a good start and pushed my way through to second place after the first couple of laps,” said the 31-year-old, who had arrived at the track with one set of part-worn tyres. “I pushed hard but was unable to catch the eventual winner of the race.”
Next up was a 20-minute qualifier for the Open race. With his rear tyre all but ruined, Mackman put in a few fast laps to set third fastest time and pulled in.
With two 10-lap races left, there was no choice but to purchase a new tyre.
“I started from second on the grid for the Powerbike final and quickly established a lead,” added the race ace. “Being chased down by Phil Bevan, I set my personal best lap time of one minutes and 8.9 seconds. I was briefly led by Phil Crowe, but made a pass into the top hairpin to eventually take the win.”
The Phoenix Open race was up next, with a third-place starting position. The front three battled it out over the early laps before Mackman left Crowe in his wake to set up a two-horse race.
“I had no answer for the leader and I followed Bevan over the line to finish in second place,” said Mackman.
Runcorn resident Mackman is at Anglesey again for the Thundersport GB round on September 18-19.