Leading wins (2 or more) 

The Classic TT may have only got underway on 2013 but those four years have seen numerous race winners crowned across the classes which have included the Senior (500cc), Junior (350cc), Lightweight (250cc), Superbike, Formula One and Formula Two.

Four riders have currently taken more than one race win but its Michael Dunlop that leads the way on four wins, his victories coming in the 2013 F1, 2015 Superbike, 2016 Superbike and 2016 Junior races. Riding for Steve Wheatman’s Classic Suzuki team, Dunlop’s F1 and Superbike wins were taken on the 1100cc XR69 replica where he currently holds the lap record at close to an astonishing 127mph.

Dunlop dominates 

His Junior win came riding a 350cc MV Agusta although the ride was originally earmarked for 2014 Junior race winner and lap record holder Lee Johnston. But when he got injured at the Ulster Grand Prix, Dunlop stepped in and got the better of Michael Rutter after a race long duel.

Three riders are tied on two wins, these being Dean Harrison, an ever-present at the event, Bruce Anstey and Ian Lougher. Harrison’s wins came in the 2013 Formula Classic and 2015 Senior races, narrowly missing a third victory in 2016 in the latter, whilst both of Lougher’s wins came in 2014 when he won both the Senior and Formula Two races.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/8/2016: Michael Dunlop (Black Eagle MV Agusta) celebrates winning the 350cc race at the Classic TT today with runner up Michael Rutter and third placed Alan Oversby. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/8/2016: Michael Dunlop (Black Eagle MV Agusta) celebrates winning the 350cc race at the Classic TT today with runner up Michael Rutter and third placed Alan Oversby.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Anstey, Lougher and Harrison 

Anstey, meanwhile, took victory in the 2014 Formula One race and looked on course for a repeat performance a year later until the exhaust on the Padgetts/Valvoline YZR500 Yamaha worked its way loose. He did, however, have the consolation of setting the fastest ever lap around the Mountain Course on a two-stroke machine at 126.261mph.

His second win came in the inaugural Lightweight race in 2016 where he was on board the 250cc Padgetts/Valvoline Honda. He again created history in the race when he lapped at 118.774mph thus recording the fastest ever 250cc lap of the 37 and ¾-mile course, beating the long standing mark of 118.29mph set by John McGuinness in 1999.

Olie Linsdell, Chris Palmer, Jonathan Cutts, Lee Johnston, Michael Rutter and John McGuinness have all taken a win apiece since 2016.

RiderWins
1.Michael Dunlop4 (2015 – 2016)
2.Dean Harrison2 (2013 – 2015)
=Bruce Anstey2 (2014 – 2016)
=Ian Lougher2 (2014)

Leading Podiums (2 or more)

It’s that man Michael Dunlop who again leads the way when it comes to podiums recorded at the Classic TT but this time his total is matched by two other riders, Bruce Anstey and Ian Lougher, the trio all having four each.

All four of Dunlop’s podiums have been race wins, three on an 1100cc XR69 Suzuki and one on a 350cc MV Agusta with Anstey and Lougher taking two wins and two additional podiums apiece.

Kiwi Anstey first stood on the podium in 2014, taking third place in the Senior on Ken McIntosh’s Manx Norton, and two days later he grabbed his first win with victory in the F1 race. A year later he took second place in the same race with his fourth podium coming in the 2016 Lightweight race which he led from start to finish.

Lougher, meanwhile, took a brace of wins in 2014 before taking another second place in the 2015 Senior race where he was again riding a 500cc Paton. His fourth podium came in 2016 when he took second place behind Anstey in the Lightweight race.

Harrison vs Rutter

Two riders are tied on three podiums, Dean Harrison and Michael Rutter. Bradford’s Harrison has competed in the event each year, taking victory in the 2013 Formula Classic and 2015 Senior races and then taking a close second in the 2016 Senior encounter whilst all of Rutter’s podiums have come in the last two years. Victory in the 2015 Junior race was followed by second, behind Dunlop, in the 2016 race, with identical results coming in the 2016 Superbike race after the Midlands rider was promoted up the order from fourth to second after both Harrison and James Hillier were disqualified.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/9/2011: Ryan Farquhar (Winfield Suzuki) exits Governor's Dip on his way to winning the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man today. It was Ryan's third win of the week and his ninth MGP win. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/9/2011: Ryan Farquhar (Winfield Suzuki) exits Governor’s Dip on his way to winning the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man today. It was Ryan’s third win of the week and his ninth MGP win.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

No less than seven riders have taken two podiums thus far with Chris Palmer taking two wins in the inaugural 2013 event before retiring from racing. Dan Cooper took second in the 2013 Junior and 2014 Senior races and has been unlucky not to have won a race so far with James Cowton’s runner up positions both coming on a 250cc Yamaha.

Lee Johnston’s victory in the 2014 Junior was followed up with third in the 2015 Senior, both taken on MV Agusta machinery, whilst Ryan Kneen took a good third in the 2013 F1 race on an OW01 Yamaha before showing his versatility with victory in the 2015 F2 race where he just got the better of Cowton.

No wins for Dunlop

The other double podium finishers haven’t yet taken a win, these being William Dunlop, second in the 2013 Senior and third in the 2016 Superbike, and Alan Oversby who claimed second and third in the 2014 and 2016 Junior races respectively.

Despite the event only having been running for four years, an additional twenty two riders have taken a single podium apiece which is perhaps an indication of the fickle nature of the older machines and how just finishing is an achievement!

RiderPodiums
1.Michael Dunlop4 (2013 – 2016)
=Bruce Anstey4 (2014 – 2016)
=Ian Lougher4 (2014 – 2016)
4.Dean Harrison2 (2013 – 2016)
=Michael Rutter3 (2015 – 2016)
6.Chris Palmer2 (2013)
=Daniel Cooper2 (2013 – 2014)
=James Cowton2 (2013 – 2015)
=Ryan Kneen2 (2013 – 2015)
=William Dunlop2 (2013 – 2016)
=Lee Johnston 2 (2014 – 2015)
=Alan Oversby2 (2014 – 2016)

Lap Records

Senior Classic – John McGuinness (500 Paton) – 19m58.394s – 113.342mph (2016)

Junior Classic – Lee Johnston (350 MV Agusta) – 21m30.660s – 105.239mph (2014)

250cc Classic – Ewan Hamilton (250cc Suzuki) – 23m36.186s – 95.911mph (2013)

Superbike Classic – Michael Dunlop (1100 Suzuki) – 17m51.128s – 126.808mph (2016)

Lightweight Classic – Bruce Anstey (250 Honda) – 19m03.876s – 118.744mph (2016)

Formula Classic – Dean Harrison (750 BSA) – 21m18.797s – 106.215mph (2013)

Race Records (all four laps)

Senior Classic – John McGuinness (500 Paton) – 1hr21m10.189s – 111.559mph (2016)

Junior Classic – Michael Dunlop (350 MV Agusta) – 1hr27m51.735s – 103.061mph (2016)

250cc Classic – Jonathan Cutts (250 Suzuki) – 1hr37m13.323s – 93.139mph (2013)

Superbike Classic – Michael Dunlop (1100 Suzuki) – 1hr12m57.750s – 124.108mph (2016)

Lightweight Classic – Bruce Anstey (250 Honda) – 1hr18m04.437s – 115.982mph (2016)