Three for Peter Hickman at Ulster Grand Prix as Dean Harrison sets new lap record

Peter Hickman has come away from the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix as Man of the Meeting after taking three victories. It was Dean Harrison, however, who set a new lap record of 134.614mph – beating the record of 134.089mph set by Ian Hutchinson in 2016.

Hickman signified he was the man to beat in practice when he secured pole position for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races. He then went on to win the Dundrod 150 Superbike race although Harrison was not far behind.

First up was the Superstock race and Hickman opened his account with a 4.674 second victory over Harrison on his Smith’s BMW. Harrison and Dan Kneen were separated by just four hundredths of a second on the line, with Kneen taking a podium on his first International appearance for Tyco BMW. David Johnson finished in fourth ahead of Conor Cummins and Jamie Coward. Michael Dunlop was seventh, ahead of Ivan Lintin, Dan Cooper, and Daley Mathison.

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Lee Johnston

Switching to his Trooper Beer Triumph, Hickman was victorious again – this time in the Supersport race. He battled with Bruce Anstey throughout the race with the winning margin just a tenth of a second. Lee Johnston was third on his return to racing following his crash at the Isle of Man TT. He was less than a second behind the leading duo. Harrison finished in fourth just ahead of William Dunlop who was riding with a wrist injury. Dunlop’s injury had led him to withdraw from the ‘big bike’ races but he put in a competitive performance for fifth ahead of his brother Michael. Cummins was seventh, Derek McGee eighth, Coward ninth and Adam McLean tenth.

There was a popular victory for Davy Morgan in the Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight race. He beat fellow paddock veteran Paul Owen by over four seconds with Callum Laidlaw coming home in third place. Race favourite Anstey retired after just a lap with Neil Kernohan also retiring. The two had stood on the top two steps of the podium in the corresponding Dundrod 150 race. David Howard and Paul Gartland were fourth and fifth respectively. In the Ultra Lightweight class Paul Robinson beat Christian Elkin and Joey Thompson. McLean was fourth and Gary Dunlop fifth.

It was Hickman and Anstey once again leading the charge in the Superbike race, with the pair switching positions throughout. It was eventually a last lap overtake which saw Anstey take the win – his 13th at Dundrod. Hickman was just two tenths behind with Harrison – along with the new lap record- in third. Kneen was once again just hundredths behind Harrison and only marginally ahead of Cummins at the chequered flag. Sheils came home in sixth place ahead of Johnson and Coward. Sam West and Mathison rounded out the top ten finishers.

The fifth race of the day – the second Supersport race – brought out the first red flag of the day following an incident. When it was restarted it proved to be another close affair with the resulting podium the same as in the first Supersport race. Hickman beat Anstey and Johnston with the margin between the top four just over a second. M Dunlop was fourth ahead of Paul Jordan, Coward, Elkin, Cooper and Cowton. Thompson finished in tenth place.

There was another new lap record, this time in the Supertwin class with Ivan Lintin winning. His 120.402mph lap beat the previous Supertwin lap record of 118.735mph. It was yet another narrow margin of victory as he beat Cooper by just two hundredths of a second. There was a podium for McLean who has impressed on the roads this year. Sheils racked up another top five finish in fourth with Elkin fifth and James Cowton sixth. Jonathan Perry and Paul Jordan were seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Xavier Denis and Maria Costello.

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Kneen leads Harrison

The final race of the day – and the meeting – was the second Superbike race which promised to be another thriller. Unfortunately Hickman and Anstey were forced to retire – Hickman’s engine blew while Anstey retired to the pits – leaving Harrison, Kneen, Cummins and M Dunlop to battle it out. In the end the top three were separated by just three tenths of a second after an exhilarating race. Harrison and Kneen touched as Harrison sent a move up the inside but both continued and eventually Harrison was victorious. Kneen was second with Cummins coming home third. M Dunlop ended the day with a fourth place ahead of Sheils, Johnson and Coward. Sam West was eighth ahead of Lintin and Michael Sweeney.

 

Joey Thompson and Peter Hickman among Dundrod 150 race winners

Joey Thompson and Peter Hickman were among the race winners at this year’s Dundrod 150.

Thompson secured pole position for the Dundrod 150 National on his debut and went on to win following a three lap race. The race was red flagged and eventually declared a result, with Thompson being joined on the podium by fellow newcomers Davey Todd and Jonathan Perry.

Josh Daley was fourth – just over a second off a podium – ahead of Christian Schmitz, Michael Weldon, Glenn Walker and Kris Duncan. David Howard and Owen Graves rounded out the top ten finishers.

The race was red flagged following an incident involving two riders – later revealed to be brothers Rob and Jamie Hodson. Jamie sadly lost his life in hospital.

bruceanstey150Bruce Anstey romped to an impressive victory in the Lightweight class, beating Neil Kernohan by over 38 seconds. Davy Morgan was third ahead of Callum Laidlaw and Paul Owen. In the same race Paul Robinson won the Ultra Lightweight class beating Christian Elkin and Adam McLean. His advantage over Elkin at the line was just half a second.

The Challenge race was cancelled following two red flag incidents – one involving Gavin Lupton who is in a stable but critical condition in hospital.

Peterhickman150In the Superbike race it was Peter Hickman – who had dominated the practice sessions and secured pole position for Saturday’s Superstock, Superbike and Supersport races – who was victorious. Dean Harrison finished just over a second further back in second ahead of Anstey. Anstey and Dan Kneen – who finished fourth – were separated by mere hundredths of a second on the line. Michael Dunlop was fifth ahead of Lee Johnston, Derek Sheils, David Johnson, Daley Mathison, and Daniel Cooper.

Derek McGee Man of the Meeting at Armoy as Michael Dunlop secures seventh Race of Legends win

Whilst all eyes were on Michael Dunlop as he secured his seventh Race of Legends feature race win in a row, it was Derek McGee who came away from the weekend as Man of the Meeting.

The Mullingar man was awarded the accolade after accumulating the most points with a win in the first Supersport race, second in the second Supersport race and the Open, and fourth in the Grand Final.

Practice sessions were held on Friday with times counting for qualifying, with the first two races taking place on Friday evening. In the Senior Support race it was two Armoy newcomers battling for the win. Joe Loughlin – who has been in control of the Junior/Senior Support classes all year – ultimately lost out to Adam Lyon, with the Scottish rider coming from the second group to win on corrected time by just over three seconds. David Howard joined the pair on the podium.

The first Supersport race was red flagged twice and the result was eventually declared after just two racing laps. The first red flag was caused by a incident involving Adam McLean and Paul Jordan. Both riders were OK and returned to the paddock on the back of marshals bikes. When the race was restarted it was red flagged again when weather conditions took a turn for the worse. A heavy downpour coupled with Michael Dunlop’s bike blowing up and leaving oil on the track meant that racing was halted for the night. McGee was declared the winner with road racing newcomer Davey Todd finishing second and Christian Elkin third.

On Saturday changeable weather conditions greeted race organisers and riders but a full programme was run with limited disruption. First up was Junior Support run over seven laps and this race was won by Loughlin who beat Marc Ironside and Glenn Walker. Then came Moto 3/125 won by Elkin riding a Moto 3. McLean was second and the leading 125 rider while Paul Robinson completed the podium in third. Ian Lougher finished fourth just shy of a second ahead of Gary Dunlop in fifth.

The second Supersport race was won by M Dunlop but he didn’t have it all his own way. McGee initially took the lead as Dunlop came through from seventh on the grid. He progressed up the order, overtaking Elkin at the start of the second lap before slotting into second by passing McLean at the start of lap three. He then closed down McGee’s leading margin before overtaking him and eventually securing a three second victory. James Cowton was third ahead of Todd (from the second group), McLean and newcomer Joey Thompson.

There was a red flag incident following three laps of the Classic race and a slight delay as an oil spill was cleared up. Ed Manly was the eventual winner when the race was re-run over four laps. He was joined on the podium by Wattie Brown and Barry Davidson.

Race seven of the event was the Open race and this saw M Dunlop achieve his second win of the day. The race was declared wet following a downpour just before the start and riders were given a sighting lap with the view of returning to the paddock to change tyres should they decide to. McGee returned to the grid straight away and revealed that most of the track – apart from the start – was wet. There was another warm up lap before a six lap race and it was McGee – riding his Kawasaki 600 – who took the initial lead. He started to pull away but M Dunlop soon caught and passed him, eventually winning by just over 4.5 seconds. William Dunlop crossed the line in third after catching and passing Cowton, but it was Todd who took the podium with corrected time from the second group. Paul Jordan was fifth on the IMR Evolution Camping BMW ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Mark Goodings, Dominic Herbertson and Forest Dunn.

Another rain downpour brought a red flag out in the Lightweight Supersport race but it wasn’t delayed for long. Neil Kernohan was the eventual winner, beating Darryl Tweed (who was the first 400cc rider) and Callum Laidlaw. McGee took the win in the Supertwin class after an exciting battle with McLean. The latter had been holding onto second place until the last lap when he was passed by Cowton. Elkin finished in fourth ahead of Michael Sweeney, Brad Vicars and Paul Gartland.

The penultimate race of the meeting was the second Senior Support and this time Loughlin got the better of Lyon, who came from the second group. The pair were once again joined on the podium by Howard who beat Ironside, Tommy Henry, Stephen McKeown and Alan Johnston.

Following a sighting lap and then a warm-up, the Grand Final – the Race of Legends – was run over seven laps. M Dunlop was in a class of his own on his Hawk Racing Suzuki, as he romped to a 12 second win over his brother William. Sweeney finished the race in third place, mere tenths of a second off second. McGee was fourth ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Todd and Jordan. Davy Morgan led the second group riders to finish in ninth, beating Goodings, Herbertson, Graham Kennedy, Vicars, Dunn and Laidlaw.

While McGee secured Man of the Meeting, Loughlin was named Support Man of the Meeting.

 

2017 Isle of Man TT Race Fortnight Schedule

The 2017 Isle of Man TT race fortnight will this year run from Saturday 27th May until Friday 9th June. Practice sessions will take place during the first week while the first race will take place on Saturday 3rd June.

Practice Schedule

Saturday 27th May

  • 18.20 Solo Newcomers Speed Controlled Lap
  • 18.25 Sidecar Newcomers Speed Controlled Lap
  • 18.40 – 20.50 Supersport/Lightweight TT/Newcomers (all solo classes) practice

Monday 29th May

  • 18.20 – 19.45 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight) qualifying
  • 19.50 – 20.50 Sidecars

Tuesday 30th May

  • 18.20 – 19.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight) qualifying
  • 19.45 – 20.40 Sidecars
  • 20.40 – 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Thursday 1st June

  • 18.20 – 19.10 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight) qualifying
  • 19.10 – 19.35 Supersport/Lightweight TT/Newcomers (all solo classes) qualifying
  • 19.40 – 20.40 Sidecars
  • 20.40 – 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Friday 2nd June

  • 18.20 – 19.40 Sueprbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight) qualifying
  • 19.45 – 20.40 Sidecars
  • 20.40 – 20.50 TT Zero 1 lap practice

Saturday 3rd June

  • 15.35 Supersport/Superstock/Lightweight TT qualifying
  • 16.10 TT Zero qualifying (1 lap)

Monday 5th June

  • 12.30 Sidecar TT qualifying (2 laps)
  • 16.05 Lightweight TT qualifying (1 lap)
  • 16.20 TT Zero qualifying (1 lap)

Tuesday 6th June (alternate race day)

  • 14.15 Sidecar TT qualifying (2 laps)
  • 15.40 Lightweight TT qualifying (1 lap)
  • 15.55 TT Zero qualifying (1 lap)

Wednesday 7th June

  • 12.25 Sidecar TT qualifying (1 lap)
  • 15.40 Senior TT qualifying (1 lap)

Thursday 8th June (alternate race day)

  • 14.10 Sidecar TT qualifying (1 lap)
  • 15.25 Senior TT qualifying (1 lap)

Race Schedule

Saturday 3rd June

  • 11.00 TT Superbike race (6 laps)
  • 14.00 TT Sidecar race 1 (3 laps)

Monday 5th June

  • 10.45 TT Supersport race 1 (4 laps)
  • 14.15 TT superstock race (4 laps)

Wednesday 7th June

  • 10.45 TT Supersport race 2 (4 laps)
  • 13.45 TT Lightweight race (4 laps)
  • 16.25 TT Zero race (1 lap)

Friday 9th June

  • 10.30 TT Sidecar race 2 (3 laps)
  • 12.45 Senior TT race (6 laps)

ITV4 TV Schedule

  • Monday 29th May – 9pm – TT 2017: Record Breakers
  • Tuesday 30th May – 9pm – TT 2017: The Perfect Lap
  • Wednesday 31st May – 9pm – TT 2017: My Greatest Moment
  • Thursday 1st June – 9pm – Preview Show
  • Friday 2nd June – 9pm – Qualifying Highlights
  • Saturday 3rd June – 9pm – Superbike TT Race
  • Sunday 4th June – 9pm – Sidecar TT Race 1
  • Monday 5th June – 9pm – Supersport TT Race 1
  • Tuesday 6th June – 9pm – Superstock TT Race
  • Wednesday 7th June – 9pm – Supersport TT Race 2
  • Thursday 8th June – 9pm – Lightweight TT Race and TT Zero
  • Friday 9th June – 9pm – Senior TT
  • Saturday 10th June – 9pm – Sidecar TT Race 2
  • Sunday 11th June – 6pm – Review Show 1
  • Sunday 11th June – 7pm – Review Show 2

Michael Rutter fastest in truncated Superbike session

Michael Rutter topped the times in a shortened Superbike session following 25 minutes of running. His lap time of 4:23.943 was 1.7 seconds better than Glenn Irwin’s best effort.

It was Michael Dunlop who ended the session third fastest with a time of 4:25.756, ahead of Martin Jessopp and Peter Hickman. William Dunlop was sixth fastest with James Hillier seventh and Superstock and Supersport pole sitter Alistair Seeley eighth fastest. Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison were ninth and tenth respectively.  The session was red flagged following an incident involving John McGuinness at Primrose. The Honda rider has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The remainder of the session was abandoned with 20 minutes left to run due to roads needing to be open within half an hour.

Outside of the top 10 Derek Sheils finished up 11th ahead of McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward.

  1. Michael Rutter 4:23.943
  2. Glenn Irwin 4:25.655
  3. Michael Dunlop 4:25.756
  4. Martin Jessopp 4:26.192
  5. Peter Hickman 4:29.455 

Supersport pole for Alistair Seeley at North West 200

Alistair Seeley continued his fast form with the fastest time in Thursday’s Supersport session. He did a 4:36.444 on his Gearlink Kawasaki to end up 1.2 seconds faster than Lee Johnston. 

A late flyer for Michael Dunlop saw him go third fastest with a 4:38.978. Martin Jessopp finished up fourth fastest ahead of Dean Harrison and James Hillier. Peter Hickman ended the session with the seventh fastest time beating Ian Hutchinson and William Dunlop. Dunlop had had problems with his bike during Tuesday’s session so his lap time was of added importance. Adam McLean rounded out the top ten with an impressive performance.

John McGuinness was just two tenths of a second off a top ten qualifying finish, ahead of Bruce Anstey and James Cowton. Paul Jordan and Jamie Coward rounded out the top 15 fastest riders. 

  1. Alistair Seeley – 4:36.444
  2. Lee Johnston – 4:37.666
  3. Michael Dunlop – 4:38.978
  4. Martin Jessopp – 4:39.512
  5. Dean Harrison – 4:39.667

Alistair Seeley goes fastest in Superstock practice 

After narrowly missing out on the fastest Superstock time on Tuesday, Alistair Seeley signalled his intentions by going nearly three seconds faster than Michael Rutter in Thursday’s session.

The Tyco BMW rider completed a lap of 4:22.104 to take provisional pole with Rutter second with a lap time of 4:25.079. Third fastest in the session was Lee Johnston ahead of Ian Hutchinson by just a tenth of a second. Next up was Dean Harrison with Supertwin pacesetter Martin Jessopp in sixth. Michael Dunlop, James Hillier, Horst Saiger and William Dunlop rounded out the top ten fastest riders in the session.

Just outside the top ten was Dan Kneen ahead of Derek Sheils, Jamie Coward, Steve Mercer and Daley Mathison. 

  1. Alistair Seeley 4:22.104
  2. Michael Rutter 4:25.079
  3. Lee Johnston 4:27.688
  4. Ian Hutchinson 4:27.767
  5. Dean Harrison 4:28.104