Felpham ace claims honours at Manx Grand Prix meeting

James Caswell-Cox at the Manx Grand Prix

James Caswell-Cox at the Manx Grand Prix

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FELPHAM’S James Caswell-Cox won a prestigious race at the Manx Grand Prix.

The Newcomers’ Race at the prestigious Isle of Man event is broken into three different classifications – the A race for machines up to 750cc, the B race for 650s twins and 250 two-strokes and the Newcomers’ C for 400s and 125cc bikes. And it was in the C race that Caswell-Cox triumphed.

He moved into the lead in the 400-dominated C race on the final lap, having trailed his French rival Lancelot Unissart by 20 seconds with one circuit remaining.

The latter’s pit stop demoted him to second at Glen Helen, 24 seconds behind, and Caswell-Cox went on to win by 28.2 seconds on his Honda at an average speed of a shade over 100mph.

The former Bemsee 400 championship winner was delighted and said: “I would have initially been happy with a top-ten, so I’m over the moon to win it.

“My first practice lap was interesting as I was a little too eager and almost went off a couple of times. I wanted a 100mph lap, but I’ve ended up with two so that tops it off for me.”

Unissart was second and Gavin Brown third.

It wasn’t Caswell-Cox’s first success of recent times. He was crowned EDIasia Formula 400 sub-64 champion at Brands Hatch last autumn.