An Irish motor cyclist who was barely known outside his own country raced his way into the spotlight with a near record performance on the Isle of Man on Friday (17 June).
GV: competitors lined up at start of Jubilee TT race. (2 shots)
SV: starter drops flag.
SV PAN: first pair away from start.
SV: another pair leaving start. (2 shots)
GV PAN: No 6 Joey Dunlop rounding bend
GV PAN: No 2 Dereck Chatterton rounding bends.
SV PAN: No 16 George Fogarty rounding bends.
GV PAN: No 6 Joey Dunlop rounding bends followed by No 16, who comes second, followed by No 10 Steve Tonkin who comes third. (3 shots)
SV: No 6 Joey Dunlop over bridge and into bend followed by No 16 and followed by No 11 (Bill Smith who came fourth) (3 shots)
GV PAN: No 6 Joey Dunlop crossed finish line PAN TO crowd.
CU: Joey Dunlop
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Background: An Irish motor cyclist who was barely known outside his own country raced his way into the spotlight with a near record performance on the Isle of Man on Friday (17 June). Joey Dunlop won the Jubilee Race, the final event in the Tourist Trophy series, after clocking one lap at 110.80 miles an hour (approximately 165 kph). It was the third fastest time ever of the circuit.
SYNOPSIS: With the Yugoslavian Grand Prix having drawn away many of the top competitors the Jubilee Race promised to be an anti-climax. Few people would have predicted the exciting finish to the series. The field, comprised almost entirely of British riders, took to the circuit in pairs with four laps of 37-and-a-half miles in front of them.
Joey Dunlop, Number six, had until now been known only at home. But on his 746 Yamaha he had already been the fastest in practice trials.
With Dunlop in the lead, this is the order in which they finished. Number 16, George Fogarty holds second place comfortably ahead of number 10, Steve Tonkin. Riding confidently, Dunlop covered the first two laps of the mountain circuit at over 110 miles an hour. His fastest lap time has been beaten only twice before in the history of the course.
Dunlop's third lap was a little slower than the rest but at the end of the race he had averaged 108.86 miles an hour (159 kph).