Lincolnshire-based rider Guy Martin was in sparkling form at the Ian Watson Spring Cup National road races at Oliver’s Mount on Sunday.
Martin scooped victory in the Ian Watson Spring Cup race, having earlier won his heat, and also claimed wins in both legs of the Junior 600 race.
This meeting was the 180th road race at the Mount since the first race in 1946.
With practice and qualifying over the first of 15 races, the Ultra-Lightweight – first leg got underway with Chris Palmer in pole position on his 125cc Mannin Honda who got the hole-shot, the lead after the first bend, from old rival Ian Lougher.
Palmer was still heading the pack at the end of the first of the six laps, followed by Lougher and Alistair Haworth.
The gap was 1.9 seconds at the end of the second circuit as positions remained static.
Lap four, and the gap had increased to 2.5 seconds as Palmer put in an under two-minute lap.
The penultimate lap saw the Manxman once again increase his lead to over three seconds and at the flag Chris Palmer took the victory by 4.197 seconds from Alistair Haworth and Ian Lougher in third.
The second race was the first leg for the F2 Sidecars over six laps.
Ian and Carl Bell led at the end of the opening lap of six from Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson with Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance third. The lead was 2.3 seconds.
At half-distance Molyneux had moved into second, as the Bells increased their lead to 4.5 seconds. The lead had been cut by one second to 3.5 seconds at the end of the fourth lap.
Lap five and a further two seconds had been reeled in by Moly who was now just 1.5 seconds adrift of the leading pair. At the chequered flag it was Ian and Carl Bell by 0.922 of a second from Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance with Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson third.
The first heat for the Ian Watson Spring Cup was won by Jamie Hamilton from Ian Lougher and Davy Morgan, while the second heat was won by Guy Martin with Michael Pearson second and Kiaran Hankin third.
Race five was the opening leg of the 250cc Lightweight class, and this was red-flagged due to fluid on the course on the fifth lap, with the results being declared at the end of the fourth lap. the in-form Davy Morgan taking the victory followed by Derek Clark and Bob Farrington.
The next race was the first leg of the Junior 600, another contest dominated by Martin, who took the win by 8.173 seconds from Dean Harrison and Ivan Lintin.
The sedventh races was the second leg of the F2 Sidecars.
The father-and-son crew of Ian and Carl Bell took the hole shot and led at the end of the first lap from Conrad Harrison/Lee Patterson and Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance.
Ian and Carl Bell took their second victory of the day at the end of the sixth lap by 8.692 seconds.
Race eight was the first leg of the Lee Vernon Supertwin race.
Rising star Jamie Hamilton took the hole shot but it was Dean Harrison who led at the end of the opening lap of eight. Hamilton was second and Daniel Frear third.
Ryan Farquhar’s protege Hamilton was back in front on the secodn lap by 0.754 of a second from Harrison and Frear.
At half-distance another half-second had been added to Hamilton’s lead.
Laps five and six saw the lead being maintained by Hamilton on the KMR Kawasaki (Farquhar’s team) as positions remained unchanged.
At the flag at the end of lap eight Hamilton took win by 2.2 seconds from Dean Harrison who was 7/10th of a second ahead of Frear.
The next contest was leg one of the Ian Watson Spring Cup saw pole-sitter Guy Martin take the hole shot and led at the end of the opening lap from Michael Pearson and Ian Lougher the advantage three-quarters of a second.
Lap two and the lead was up to one second, a lap later the advantage had doubled to 2.0 seconds, a lead that was maintained a lap later.
At half-distance the gap was up to 2.9 seconds as Jamie Hamilton moved into third place.
Lap five and Guy had put five seconds between himself and Michael, with Jamie a further six seconds down.
Three-quarters race length saw the gap up to 6.4 seconds. Lap seven and positions were static with the lead now 9.262 seconds.
Martin took the race win with a 11.362 seconds with Michael Pearson second and Hamilton third.
In the Ultra Lightweight second leg, Chris Palmer once again got the hole-shot from pole position and led at the end of the lap by 1.666 seconds from Ian Lougher and Seamus Elliott.
At half race distance the lead was two seconds with positions remaining the same, and Palmer took the win by 4.472 seconds from Lougher and Elliott.
In the Junior 600 second leg, Daniel Frear took the hole-shot into Mere Hairpin in this six-lap race, but it was Michael Pearson who led the pack at the end of the opening lap. Ivan Lintin was second and Daniel Frear third. Guy Martin back in fifth.
Lap two and Ivan Lintin was in front by 0.345 of a second from Guy Martin with Pearson third.
Half-distance saw Guy Martin in front followed three-quarters of a second behind by Ivan Lintin with Dean Harrison still third.
At the flag it was Guy Martin 1.505 seconds ahead of Harrison and Lintin.
In race 12, the Lee Vernon SuperTwins Leg twp, Jamie Hamilton led at the end of the opening lap from Dean Harrison and Dan Frear.
At half distance positions remained unchanged with the lead extended to 3.372 seconds.
At the chequered flag winner Hamilton had a lead of 4.793 seconds overHarrison and Frear.