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Published 17 September 2011
Duncan Fitchett and Jeremy Williams dominated the opening instalment of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy two-parter. The latter scorched into an early lead of the 25-minute motorcycle thrash aboard Susan Barford’s Norton Manx 500, before becoming embroiled in a hell for leather scrap with Australian star – and Goodwood rookie – Cameron Donald on the Matchless G50 he was sharing with Andrew Taylor. The two aces, both at the top of their game, left the rest of the 31 runners behind. But, after seven laps, the ailing G50 slowed noticeably as multiple TT winner Donald fell back into the clutches of the swarming pack fighting over third place prior to the rider changes.
Williams pitted with ten minutes left to run, handing Fitchett a 25-second lead he wasn’t to relinquish. The battle for second place, however, was settled 150 yards from the flag with the Mick Grant/Gary Johnson MV Agusta 500/3 losing out at the chicane on the final lap to the Keith Amor/Luke Notton Norton Manx 500.
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