Bruce Anstey wins Dundrod 150 Superbike race

Bruce Anstey was declared the winner in a red flagged Dundrod 150 Superbike race, following a difficult day at the event.

A number of red flags throughout the morning practice sessions resulted in just one race of a five race programme running. After practice was called off on Wednesday due to poor visibility Thursday morning Ulster Grand Prix qualifying sessions were used for the Dundrod 150 meeting as well.

The first race of the afternoon – the Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight class – was red flagged on the first lap and eventually postponed. The schedule had already been rearranged, bringing the Superbike race to run second. Guy Martin had qualified on pole position ahead of Anstey, Ian Hutchinson, Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston, and William Dunlop.

Hutchinson took the lead at the start of the race but he soon became one of the retirements from the race along with Michael Dunlop and Johnston. It turned into a two horse race between Martin and Anstey, with the former holding a narrow advantage over the latter for most of the race. Anstey closed the gap to the Tyco BMW rider to just a tenth of a second as they headed into the closing stages of the race. The race was red flagged on the last lap of the race and it was soon revealed that Martin had come off his bike following a highside. The Tyco team tweeted that their rider was a bit banged up but had nothing broken.

Conor Cummins came home in second place ahead of Hickman and Dan Kneen on the second Valvoline by Padgetts Honda. Keith Amor finished in fifth ahead of William Dunlop, Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin, Russ Mountford and Seamus Elliott, who came from the second group.

The rest of the Dundrod 150 racing was unfortunately cancelled. Racing is set to continue on Saturday for the Ulster Grand Prix.


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