Ryan Farquhar was the winner in the Supertwin race on Thursday evening, after holding off team-mate Jeremy McWilliams.
BE Racing’s Jamie Hamilton took the lead at the start resulting in a battle between master and apprentice, with Hamilton having formerly ridden for Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team. Farquhar got back into the lead and started to pull away with McWilliams reeling in Hamilton.
When McWilliams dispatched of Hamilton he closed in on Farquhar and did manage to overtake him but eventually it was Farquhar’s race victory as he crossed the line just over a second clear of his team-mate. Martin Jessopp crossed the line in third but it was Hamilton on the podium as Jessopp was handed a 60 second penalty for jumping the start. His eventual classified position was seventh.
Behind the top three Christian Elkin was an impressive fourth ahead of newcomer Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney. Then it was Jessopp who slotted in ahead of Jamie Coward, Darren James, and local rider Ian Morrell. There were three retirements from the race – Anthony McColgan, Michael Dunlop, and Maria Costello.