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Davey Todd soars to victory in 2024 Senior TT

Saltburn man takes second TT win as Dunlop and Hickman retire from race

Davey Todd has soared to take a commanding win in the 2024 Senior TT Race to conclude this year's racing fortnight.

It's the Saltburn rider's second TT victory as Josh Brookes put in an impressive performance to finish second with Dean Harrison once again on the podium for Honda Racing UK in third.

It provided a dramatic conclusion to the meeting with a final race which saw two of the favourites - Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman - separately retire during the first half of the four-lap showdown.

Having taken a surprise victory in last Sunday's Superbike TT, it was Hickman putting down the early benchmarks in lap one at Ballaugh just 1.5 seconds clear of Davey Todd in second whilst Michael Dunlop - chasing a 30th TT win - was 3.1 seconds further back in third.

That Hickman advantage over Todd had grown to 3.1 seconds come the Bungalow whilst Dunlop's chances of a 30th TT victory were brought to a close as he slowed to a retirement with Josh Brookes overhauling Dean Harrison to move into third.

Lap two and Hickman had upped the pace to within lap record speed and in doing so increasing his lead over Todd to 8.3 seconds at Ballaugh.

Brookes was continuing to impress in the north of the Island building his advantage over Harrison for that final podium spot as the front two started to stretch away on the timings from the rest of the field.

Then the dramatic change on the approach to Ramsey as Hickman retired from the race at The Ginger Hall after coming off his machine - he was quickly reported as being okay and back on his feet.

This therefore saw Todd take control on the run across the mountain and towards the mandatory pit-sop.

This seismic shift saw Brookes and Harrison move into second and third respectively with Harrison a full 19 seconds clear of James Hillier in fourth at Ramsey.

Into the only pit-stop of the race and Todd's lead was commanding - 18.6 seconds clear of Brookes in second who in turn had a 15 second advantage over Harrison as the top three began to spread out onto the final two laps.

A quick stop in pit lane from Todd proved effective as that - along with a slower stop from Brookes in second - saw the gap between the two open up further to just under 29 seconds in the early stages of lap three.

On this penultimate run outside the podium places, Hillier was continuing to consolidate his standing in fourth ahead of the impressive Mike Browne hanging in for a top-five finish ahead of veteran John McGuinness before the latter was able to leapfrog Browne by Ramsey on the final lap.

Throughout the four lap and with an enormous advantage out front in the Manx sunshine, Todd finish with a flourish at over 39 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor to take a memorable first ever Senior victory.

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