William Dunlop was back on the top step of the podium at this weekend’s race meeting at Walderstown, including his first win with the Superbike following his crash in the Senior TT. The Tyco Suzuki rider won two races – the Open and Supersport races – but had to settle for second place in the Grand Final which was won by Dan Kneen.
In the Open race, which was run over eight laps, Dunlop held on to win by a narrow margin of six tenths of a second over Derek Sheils. Michael Sweeney was around four seconds back on the pair for third. It was Connor Behan who took the spoils in the Supertwins race as he beat Sweeney and Derek McGee by just over a second. It was Kneen who won the Grand Final – again winning at a track he has never raced at before – beating Dunlop with a comfortable six second margin. Sheils added another podium to his tally with a third place finish. Dunlop’s second victory of the day was in the Supersport race in which he beat McGee and Kneen over seven laps.
Race A of the 201/400cc race was won by Neil Kernohan who beat Melvin Hollingsworth and William Hara. Derek Wilson was classified first in the 400 class. In Race B, the Non Championship race, it was James Chawke who beat Liam Crotty and Stephen Casey. The 125cc race was won by Sam Dunlop, who beat Nigel Moore and William Cowden. Seamus Elliott was the one and only Moto 450 rider.
Elsewhere Neil Lyons was victorious in the Senior Support race, beating Brendan Merrigan and Noel Carroll. Graham Kennedy won the non-championship Senior Support race ahead of Lyons and Carroll. The Classic races were won by Barry Davidson and Robert McCrum, with Davidson leading Moore and Herbie Ronan in the 250/350cc race and McCrum beating Richard Ford and Andy Farrell in the 500/1000cc race. Sweeney beat James Kelly and Paul Robinson to take victory in the 250/400cc race. Second and third place were separated by just six tenths of a second.
Next up for riders is the Armoy Road Races on the 25th and 26th of July. Will the Dunlops dominate at their home race?