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

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.

 

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Derek Sheils and Derek McGee win at Tandragee

The 2017 Irish road racing season commenced this weekend in Tandragee.

Derek Sheils and Derek McGee were among the race winners, winning in the Open and Supersport races respectively.

Sheils won the opening race of the meeting – the Open Superbike non-championship race – from pole position on the Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki. He finished comfortably ahead of William Dunlop with McGee in third. Dunlop was racing Mar-train’s Yamaha R1 following a last minute deal with Tim Martin for the Ballymoney man. Michael Sweeney was fourth, 14 seconds further back on McGee who was 23 seconds behind the race winner. Alan Bonner, Davy Morgan, Shaun Anderson, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Andy Farrell filled positions five to nine while Richard McLoughlin was tenth. Guy Martin’s hotly anticipated return didn’t last long as he tangled with Paul Jordan early in the first lap having started 17th leading to both retiring, thankfully uninjured.

Up next was the Junior Support race which was won by Joseph Loughlin who broke the lap record on his way to a nine second victory. He beat Michael Browne and Jamie Williams with Oisin Watson fourth. Stephen Morrison finished in fifth ahead of Andy McAllister, Tony Leach, RJ Woolsey, Brian Loughlin and Vic Allan.

McGee followed up his podium in the Open race by comfortably winning the Supersport race. He finished over 16 seconds clear of Dunlop with Sheils narrowly finishing third. He beat Jordan by mere tenths of a second. Graham Kennedy was fourth ahead of Paul Williams and Michael Weldon in fifth and sixth respectively, with the latter two having started from the second group. Sean Connolly who also came from the second group,  Darryl Tweed and Paul Cranston rounded out the top ten. The rain came on before the Supersport race with riders being allowed to change tyres as conditions changed.

In the Classic race it was Barry Davidson who was victorious, although he beat Jamie O’Brien by just six tenths of a second. Nigel Moore was third ahead of Robert McCrum, Gary Jamison, Keith Clarke and Philip Shaw. Also in the top ten were Brian Mateer, Freddie Stewart, and Sean Leonard.

Adam McLean, Sam Wilson and Moore were the three podium finishers in the Moto 3/125cc class. Dean Stimpson and Neil Kernohan were fourth and fifth. In the Forgotten Era class the top three were Des Butler, O’Brien and Richard Ford with Tweed notching up a victory in the Lightweight Supersports. Seamus Elliott and Paul Gartland joined him on the podium.

The sixth race of the meeting turned out to be the last when the Senior Support class was red flagged. Loughlin was the winner ahead of Jamie Williams and Jonathan Gormley. A rider involved in the red flag incident is currently in hospital. Due to deteriorating weather conditions the Supertwins and feature Superbike race were cancelled.

Racing continues on the Irish roads next weekend at the Cookstown 100.

Dean Harrison retains Gold Cup at Scarborough

Dean Harrison – the form man at Scarborough this year – has retained the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount having won it for the first time in 2015.

He took three victories at the Spring Cup back in April, adding seven more at the Cock o’the North event before also winning eight times at the Barry Sheene Festival.

At the Gold Cup Harrison took six victories for Silicone Engineering Racing including the feature race.

Ivan Lintin was first up on the winner’s list, beating Dan Kneen and Daley Mathison in the first leg of the Junior A race. Harrison took the victory in the second leg having been absent in the first. Mathison and Lintin were once again on the podium.

Lintin was also victorious in the Super Lightweight class and beat James Cowton and Adam McLean in the first leg. It was an identical podium for the second leg of the class. In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Joe Thompson were victorious in the two races respectively. Owen beat Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland in the first race while Thompson was victorious over Owen and Haworth in race two.

It was Harrison leading the way in both Solo Open races. In the first he raced to a 3.4 second victory over Derek Sheils with Daniel Hegarty third. Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness were fourth and fifth respectively. In the second leg it was once again just over three seconds of an advantage for Harrison as he beat Lintin and Sheils.

This was backed up with two further victories for Harrison in the Senior class. Lintin and McGuinness joined him on the podium in race one while Sheils and Paul Gartland were second and third in race two.

Harrison then led start to finish in the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race beating Lintin and Kneen. Mathison, McGuinness and Mick Goodings were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Mark Goodings seventh. Tom Weeden, Cowton, and Brian Greenfield rounded out the top ten finishers. Dunlop failed to finish the race.

Davy Morgan enjoyed a successful day with victories in both Solo B races and one of the Junior B races. In both Solo B races Morgan beat Jamie Williams and Gaz Evans. It was the same podium again in the first of two Junior B races. The second was won by Williams who beat Stephen Degnan and David McConnachy.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance won all three F2 Sidecar races with Steve and Matty Ramsden second in all three. David Bell beat Peter Boast and Owen in the Superbike F1 race first leg, with Paul Coward moving up to third in race two.

 

 

2016: Classic TT & Manx GP Guide

Two months after a competitive Isle of Man TT, top riders return to the island for the Classic TT alongside the Manx Grand Prix.

Classic TT

The Senior entry list includes John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, and Bruce Anstey to name but a few. McGuinness will once again be riding with the number one plate on the Paton, being joined by Conor Cummins. 2015 Senior winner Harrison is once again riding the MV Agusta with Dunlop as his team-mate. Lee Johnston had been scheduled to ride the second Black Eagle Racing bike but a broken collarbone sustained at the Ulster Grand Prix means he has been sidelined.

Elsewhere veteran rider Ian Lougher will also be piloting an MV Agusta. Other riders include William Dunlop and Alan Oversby on Honda machinery, Michael Rutter and Cameron Donald with Ripley Land Racing Matchless Hondas, and Olie Linsdell.

The high calibre entry list also includes Jamie Coward, Ivan Lintin, James Hillier, james Cowton, Peter Boast, Dan Hegarty and Maria Costello. Horst Saiger, Timothee Monot, Dominic Herbertson, David Madsen-Mygdal, and Bill Swallow will also be racing.

In the newly re-introduced Lightweight class Anstey will be in action on the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles RS250 Honda, and he will be up against the likes of Lougher, Ryan Kneen, and Cowton. Dan Cooper will be racing a TZ Yamaha, while Dan Kneen will also race a RS250 Honda. Davy Morgan, Paul Own and Phil Harvey will all also be Honda mounted. Neil Kernohan,  Dave Hewson, and Rob Hodson are just a few of the other riders taking part.

2015 Results

The 2015 running of the Classic TT saw Harrison, Rutter, Michael Dunlop and Ryan Kneen take wins.

500cc

  1. Dean Harrison
  2. Ian Lougher
  3. Lee Johnston

350cc

  1. Michael Rutter
  2. Philip McGurk
  3. Doug Snow

F1/F2

  1. Michael Dunlop
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. Ryan Farquhar

F1/F2

  1. Ryan Kneen
  2. James Cowton
  3. Charles Rhys Hardistry

Manx Grand Prix

Alongside the Classic TT, the Manx Grand Prix is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling.

Dan Sayle will be riding the Falcon Racing NSF 250 Honda in the Lightweight race at this year’s Manx GP, becoming the first rider to pilot a Moto3 machine at the event. Other competitors include 2015 podium finisher Andy Dudgeon on a Suzuki, Andy Farrell on a Honda, and Tom Weeden riding a Triumph.

Other names to look out for include David Lumsden, Allan Brodie, Rodger Wibberley and Rhys Hardistry.

2015 Results

The Manx Grand Prix proves as a successful training ground for riders wanting to progress to race at the Isle of Man TT. Last year saw impressive late riders Billy Redmayne and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas winning races but sadly neither got their opportunity to race at the TT.

Junior MGP

  1. Billy Redmayne
  2. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
  3. Rob Hodson

Supertwin/Lightweight

  1. Rob Hodson
  2. Andrew Dudgeon
  3. Nick Jeffries

Senior MGP

  1. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
  2. Rob Hodson
  3. Andrew Dudgeon

 

 

 

Qualifying

Saturday 20th August

  • 17.20 – 17.45 Manx GP & Classic TT newcomers
  • 17.30 – 18.25 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 18.30 – 19.25 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.30 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Monday 22nd August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.48 – 20.05 MGP & Classic TT Newcomers

Tuesday 23rd August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.48 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Wednesday 24th August

  • 18.20 – 19.05 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike
  • 19.10 – 19.45 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin
  • 19.48 – 20.05 All MGP Newcomers

Thursday 25th August

  • 18.20 – 19.10 Classic TT 350/500
  • 19.15 – 20.00 Classic TT 250/Superbike

Friday 26th August

  • 18.20 – 19.10 Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike/MGP Newcomers A
  • 19.15 – 20.00 Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/Supertwin/MGP Newcomers B

Race Days

Saturday 27th August

  • 11.30 Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 13.25 – 14.00 MGP Senior/Junior/All MGP Newcomers Qualifying (2 laps)
  • 13.55 – 14.35 Classic TT 350/Superbike Qualifying (1 lap)
  • 14.45 – 15.25 Vintage Motor Cycle Club Parade (1 lap)
  • 16.15 Lightweight Classic TT Race  (4 laps)
  • 18.10 – 18.40 MGP Supertwin/Lightweight/All MGP Newcomers Qualifying

Monday 29th August

  • 10.15 350cc Junior Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 12.10 – 13.o5 MGP Senior/Junior/Supertwin/Lightweight Qualifying (2 laps)
  • 14.00 Superbike Classic TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16.00 – 16.30 Classic TT Lap of Honour (1 lap)
  • 17.00 Newcomers MGP Race (4 laps)

Wednesday 31st August

  • 10.15 Junior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)
  • 13.15 Supertwin/Lightweight Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)
  • 15.15 – 15.50 MGP Senior Qualifying (1 lap)

Friday 2nd September

  • 10.15 Full Factory Winner’s Wear Senior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)

 

 

 

Dunlop, Kernohan and Elkin amongst Dundrod 150 race winners

Dunlop, Kernohan and Elkin amongst Dundrod 150 race winners

Michael Dunlop, Neil Kernohan and Christian Elkin were amongst the race winners at this year’s Dundrod 150 race meeting.

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Conditions were tricky on Wednesday and Thursday, with thick fog and poor visibility delaying proceedings on Thursday. Race organisers were able to run all but one of the Dundrod 150 races with the Supertwins being sacrificed from the schedule.

Newcomer Graham Kennedy won the National race from Glenn Walker and Sean Connolly. Gavin Lupton narrowly missed out on a podium by just four tenths of a second with Dean Campbell in fifth. Dan Hegarty was the lead rider from the second group in sixth, ahead of fellow newcomers Dominic Herbertson, Mike Booth, Sam West and David McConnaghy.

In the Lightweight class Davy Morgan narrowly missed out on a win, finishing just 0.069 seconds down on Kernohan. The pair were close throughout the race but it was Kernohan who had the advantage as they crossed the line. Paul Robinson came through to finish third on corrected time with Paul Owen fourth and Olie Linsdell fifth. Stephen Morrison was sixth ahead of Paul Gartland, Veronica Hankocyova, Gavin Brown and Vincent Brett.

EIMG_1481 (1)lkin was the runaway winner in the Ultralightweight class, beating Sam Wilson by just over 20 seconds. Derek McGee was third with newcomer Gary Dunlop in fourth. He was running the number three plate and his dad Joey’s iconic yellow helmet. Melissa Kennedy was fifth ahead of Callum Laidlaw, Lorenzo Tiveron and Sarah Boyes. Rounding out the top ten were John McAllister and Laird Shingleton.

There was another newcomer victory, this time with David Jackson narrowly beating Herbertson in the Challenge race. Booth was third ahead of West, Robert Wilson, Adam McLean and Frank Gallagher. Sean Connolly, David McConnaghy and Glenn Walker completed the top ten.

The Superbike race was won by Michael Dunlop although the race was red flagged after just two laps. The result was declared after fading light prevented it being restarted. Bruce Anstey was second with Conor Cummins rounding out the podium finishers. Ian Hutchinson was fourth ahead of Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Derek Sheils. RC Express stand-in Steve Mercer finished ahead of team-mate Jamie Coward with Herbertson tenth.

Close racing thrills fans at Armoy

Close racing thrills fans at Armoy

Local riders Michael and William Dunlop were amongst the race winners at last weekend’s Armoy road races.

Racing was held largely in the dry and it didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans around the circuit. Following qualifying on Friday, the first race of the meeting was held and it saw the Dunlop brothers go wheel to wheel in a thrilling battle.

IMG_1114It was William Dunlop who took the lead early on. Michael Dunlop found his way past Sheils and Dan Kneen to finish just 0.007s behind William as they crossed the line. Sheils was just 1.7 seconds back in third, ahead of Kneen, Christian Elkin, Michael Sweeney and Michal Dokoupil.

That was all the racing action for the first day and the rest continued on Saturday following a parade lap.

First up on the order was Junior Support, a race won by James Chawke. He finished 2.443 seconds clear of Brad Vicars with Philip Crosbie in third. Veronika Hankocyova was fourth ahead of Andrew McMullan and Ian Simpson.

Christian Elkin was the clear winner in the Moto 3/125cc GP race, the leading Moto 3 rider home over 125cc racer Sam Wilson. Paul Jordan finished in third ahead of Adam McLean and Neil Kernohan. Justin Waring was sixth ahead of Darryl Tweed – who returned following an accident on Friday – and Gary Dunlop on his Armoy debut.

In the second Supersport race William enjoyed a comfortable win over Sheils and Sweeney. Third, fourth, and fifth were separated by just eight tenths of a second with Jordan and Elkin missing out on a podium finish. Michael failed to start the race.

While William was on top in the Supersport classes, it was Michael Dunlop who led the way in both Superbike races. The first was a close affair won by 1.655 seconds with Sheils in second, and William in third. Kneen was fourth with McGee fifth, Sweeney sixth and Dokoupil seventh. In the Race of Legends the first attempt was red flagged following a non serious incident involving Dokoupil. The break allowed William Dunlop to fix a problem with his radiator and he made the restart having failed toIMG_1095 start the original race. It was Michael Dunlop who won – this time by 4.5 seconds – ahead of Sheils and William.

The Supertwins provided the best entertainment of the day, with any one of five or six riders in contention to take the race win over the seven laps of the race. The lead changed hands a number of times and the top five were separated by mere tenths of a second for most of the race. In the end it was James Cowton who narrowly beat Sweeney by 0.091 seconds. Elkin was a tenth off the leader in third, with Jordan fourth and McLean fifth.

Kernohan won the 250cc Lightweight 400/450 race by 18 seconds over Davy Morgan. Morgan came from the back of the third group to finish an impressive second – particularly after the disappointment of having the bike seize on him during practice. Paul Robinson was third in class. Dokoupil was the leading 400cc rider home ahead of Tweed and David Howard.

The first race in the Senior Support class was hampered by three red flags – twice for riders coming off at the chicane. They were all uninjured but the third attempt was red flagged due to there still being marshals in the fields cleaning up after the second incident. When the race eventually went the full distance it was Brad Vicars who won, beating Tommy Henry and Stephen Casey. In the Classic race Barry Davidson beat Ed Manly and George Stinson. Davidson set a new lap record on the way to a three second victory.

William Dunlop picked up the Man of the Meeting award while Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was posthumously confirmed as Ulster Supertwin champion. 

 

 

Dunlop brothers share spoils at Skerries 100

William and Michael Dunlop were both winners at last weekend’s Skerries 100 meeting.

William Dunlop was victorious in the Supersport class while Michael Dunlop won the Open Championship race. Adam McLean, Davy Morgan and Michael Sweeney were amongst the other race winners.

In the Open race Michael Dunlop came through from fourth to win, although only by five tenths of a second. The race was mostly led by Derek Sheils who lost out when it really mattered – on the last lap – and therefore had to settle for second. William Dunlop finished in third having had a few laps in second. Alan Bonner was fourth ahead of Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee in a closely fought battle. Seamus Elliott finished in seventh place ahead of John Walsh, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Morgan.

It was the turn of William Dunlop to win in the Supersport class and he led start to finish. He was closely followed by McGee throughout with the final gap between the pair standing at just three tenths of a second. Michael Dunlop was two seconds back from the winner in third with Sheils in fourth and Paul Jordan fifth. Sweeney, Walsh, and Morgan were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Andy Farrell and Michal Dokoupil rounded out the top ten.

Sweeney took a nine tenths victory in the Supertwins class, beating Sheils and Jordan. Dokoupil was fourth ahead of Farrell, Paul Gartland, Mark Sheils, and Graham Kennedy. Jason Cash and Paul O’Rourke completed the top ten.

Adam McLean won the 125cc/Moto 3 class, although the only Moto 3 bike – ridden by Melissa Kennedy – failed to finish. It was another narrow victory with McLean just five tenths clear of McGee who had led in the early stages. Jordan picked up another podium with a third place finish while Nigel Moore came home in fourth. Neil Kernohan was fifth ahead of Sam Wilson, Gary Dunlop, – wearing his father Joey’s helmet on the 16th anniversary of his death – Ed Manly, Sam Dunlop and Sean Leonard.

Morgan comfortably won the 250/400 Championship race beating Elliott and Dokoupil. Darryl Tweed finished in fourth with Kernohan in fifth. Morgan, Kernohan, John Ella, and Tommy Henry were the four 250cc riders and finished in that order. In the overall race Ella was eighth with Henry tenth. McGee was the leading 400cc bike home ahead of Dokoupil, Tweed, David Howard, Paul Gartland, and Brendan Merrigan in that class.

Elsewhere Cash took the victory by seven seconds in the Junior Support race ahead of Philip Crosbie and Veronika Hankocyova. Farrell won the Open Non Qualifiers race from Sean Connolly and Stephen Casey. The Supersport Non Qualifiers race was won by Howard with David Lumsden and Connolly completing the podium positions.

In the Classics it was once again Barry Davidson winning the Junior Classic race, beating Leonard and Allan Brew. Manly won the Senior Classic race beating Robert McCrum and Brew. The Grand Final was called off due to the weather conditions.

The next Irish road racing action is this upcoming weekend at Walderstown.