News 18 Mar 2019

Bryne clinches International Festival of Speed TT Cup victory

Sydney Motorsport Park event hampered by wet weather conditions.

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Paul Byrne has clinched the 2019 QBE Insurance International Festival of Speed TT Cup at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend in a rain-affected three days of racing.

Just three legs of the scheduled five TT Cup outings were run, with both of Sunday’s final encounters being abandoned due to dangerous weather and track conditions.

Piloting DMR Motorsport prepared Suzuki XR 69, Bryne went onto lodge a 2-5-1 scorecard throughout the three races hosted during Friday and Saturday, edging former British champion Glen Richards by two points for the top spot.

Former World Superbike and grand prix racer Michael Rutter completed the podium in third ahead of grand prix winner Jeremy McWilliams and Aaron Morris. All-time Isle of Man TT victor John McGuinness encountered an issue in race one, bouncing back to wind up 10th in the classification.

Alongside the legends and TT Cup contenders were 400 classic race bikes battling in an extensive race program, boasting trans-tasman and international challengers fighting for class honours.

Highlights of the International Festival of Speed included the ever-popular spectator parade laps, trade stands, motorcycle club stands, legends autograph sessions as well as general public access to pit garages and the main grandstand.

Detailed results