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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.

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.

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.


Victory for Holden and Winkle in first Sidecars race

John Holden and Andrew Winkle were victorious in the opening Sidecar race at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

The pairing – who have reunited this year – took their second win on the Mountain Course, capitalising when the Birchall brothers retired on the last lap. The race had initially been red flagged but it was the Birchall pairing who led the sidecars away, following the withdrawal of seeded number 1 pairing Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle due to technical problems.

Ben and Tom Birchall got a new lap record of 116.798mph before their bike expired on the final lap at the Sulby Crossroads. They had built up a lead of over 30 seconds but it was disappointingly not to be.

This left it clear for Holden and Winkle to race to a very comfortable lead over the second pairing of Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley. Peter was joined on the podium by brother Alan Founds and his passenger Aki Aalto. Racing in a podium position during the race, Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance were another retirement.

A statement was released following the commencement of the race revealing the sad news that Dwight Beare has sadly passed away following an incident during the race. His passenger Benjamin Binns is currently in hospital but described as stable with an ankle injury. Beare made his TT debut in 2014. My thoughts are with his family, friends, team and passenger at this very sad and difficult time.

Elsewhere evening practice was red flagged following a serious incident at the Sulby Straight.

2016: Isle of Man TT Practice Results: 3rd June

RST Superbike

The top 10 riders and their fastest laps were as follows:

  1. Michael Dunlop – 17.03.156 – 132.754mph
  2. Ian Hutchinson – 17:12.744 – 131.521mph
  3. Dean Harrison – 17:24.863 – 129.996mph
  4. Michael Rutter – 17:27.950 – 129.613mph
  5. Conor Cummins – 17:28.876 – 129.499mph
  6. John McGuinness – 17:31.250 – 129.206mph
  7. William Dunlop – 17:33.515 – 129.928mph
  8. David Johnson – 17:36.753 -128.533mph
  9. Steve Mercer – 17:38.148 – 128.364mph
  10. Gary Johnson – 17:40.917 – 128.029mph

RL360 Superstock

The top 10 riders and their fastest laps were as follows:

  1. Ian Hutchinson – 17:02.781 – 132.803mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – 17:09.946 – 131.879mph
  3. Dean Harrison – 17:33.363 – 128.947mph
  4. Lee Johnston – 17:36.151 – 128.607mph
  5. James Hillier – 17:40.043 – 128.134mph
  6. John McGuinness – 17:41.380 – 127.973mph
  7. Peter Hickman – 17:51.794 – 126.730mph
  8. Horst Saiger – 17:56.204 – 126.210mph
  9. Daniel Hegarty – 17:57.787 – 126.025mph
  10. Gary Johnson – 17:58.024 – 125.997mph

Monster Supersport

The top 10 riders and their fastest laps were as follows:

  1. Dean Harrison – 17:55.877 – 126.249mph
  2. Conor Cummins – 18:12.274 – 124.353mph
  3. John McGuinness – 18:16.598 – 123.863mph
  4. Peter Hickman – 18:20.696 – 123.402mph
  5. William Dunlop – 18:23.218 – 123.120mph
  6. Daniel Hegarty – 18:30.571 – 122.305mph
  7. Derek McGee – 18:34.664 – 121.856mph
  8. Colin Stephenson – 18:40.442 – 121.227mph
  9. Michal Dokoupil – 18:42.058 – 121.053mph
  10. James Cowton – 18:42.802 – 120.972mph

Sure Sidecar

The top 10 riders/passengers and their fastest laps were as follows:

  1. John Holden/Andrew Winkle – 19:37.535 – 115.349mph
  2. Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall – 19:44.649 – 114.657mph
  3. Ian Bell/Carl Bell – 19:59.834 – 113.206mph
  4. Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle – 20:02.922 – 112.915mph
  5. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley – 20:10.761 – 112.184mph
  6. Matt Dix/Shaun Parker – 20:32.455 – 110.209mph
  7. Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn – 20:42.550 – 109.314mph
  8. Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayer – 20:51.516 – 108.531mph
  9. Colin Buckley/Robbie Shorter – 21:03.408 – 107.509mph
  10. Gordan Shand/Philip Hyde – 21:08.343 – 107.081mph

Two out of two for the Birchall brothers

Following their impressive win in Monday’s Sidecar race, the Birchall brothers did it again on Wednesday.

Ben and Tom Birchall took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back, breaking the race time record yet again on their way to victory. Dave Molyneux and Benjamin Binns were second with John Holden and Dan Sayle picking up another podium in third place.

At the start of the first lap, the Birchall brothers eked out a two second advantage over Holden and Sayle with Molyneux and Binns in third place. The partnership of Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance was fourth with Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott in fifth. Reeves and Farrance ended up being an early retirement, having also retired from the first Sidecar race when they pulled off at Barregow. Gary Bryan and Jamie Winn also retired at the end of lap one.

On the second lap of the race the top three teams set 116mph laps, edging closer to the lap record set by Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle in 2007. The existing lap record of 116.667mph was broken by the Birchall brothers on the third and final lap  with a 116.783mph lap time. They didn’t hold the record for long, however, when Molyneux and Binns went marginally faster with a 116.785mph lap.

It is the third win for Ben and Tom Birchall around the TT course and their second of the week. Behind the top three, Monday’s podium finishers Harrison and Aylott finished in fourth with Ian and Carl Bell coming home fifth. Matt Dix and Shaun Parker were sixth with the Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers, Steve Ramsden & Matty Ramsden, Robert Handcock & Aki Aalto, and Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Milligan rounding out the top ten.

John McGuinness wins TT Zero race

John McGuinness has taken his 21st TT victory with a win in the TT Zero race. He set a new lap record on his way to the win, comfortably beating Bruce Anstey. His lap of 117.336mph smashed the previous lap record set by Michael Rutter in 2013, of a 109.675mph. Rutter, who has won three of the four previous TT Zero races, did not compete this year as MotoCzysz – who have won all four races – chose to sit it out.

There were ten entrants for the race including the inaugural TT Zero race winner Mark Miller. They were led away by McGuinness, who has struggled at this year’s TT due to a wrist injury. He was not phased by the one lap required of the TT Zero race and he comfortably beat Team Mugen team-mate Anstey by over 20 seconds. There was a 30+ second gap back to third place finisher Rob Barber. The gap between third and fourth was much narrower. Barber – who won the TTXGP electric race in 2009 – finished just under four tenths ahead of Rob Wilson, with over two minutes back. Timothee Monot was the last classified finisher, finishing in sixth place.

McGuinness’ win brings his overall tally of victories to 21, now just five shy of equalling Joey Dunlop’s record. “It’s been a tough week but it is great to get one for this incredible team,” he said after the race. “I was gutted to lose this race last year but ive made the top step now.” Due to his injury, McGuinness pulled out of today’s Supersport race. He has yet to decide whether or not he will compete in Friday’s Senior TT – a race run over six laps on the Superbike. He finished seventh in last Saturday’s equivalent race.

2012: Abu Dhabi: Preview

The latter half of the season has been relentless, and just three days after the chequered flag fell in India, the teams and drivers are already arriving in Abu Dhabi, in preparation for another race this weekend. Red Bull are the on form team with three front row lock-outs in a row, while Sebastian Vettel has won four in a row. Fernando Alonso has managed to hold on, however, meaning that with three races left the gap is 13 points and still doable for either man. While the top five still mathematically have a chance of taking the title, for Kimi Räikkönen, Mark Webber, and Lewis Hamilton it is a case of needing misfortune to befall the leading pair along with a race win. Not impossible, however it is an unlikely scenario. In the lead up to Abu Dhabi three more drivers have been confirmed for 2013, with Nico Hulkenberg’s rumoured move to Sauber becoming reality and Toro Rosso confirming they will retain Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne next season. You can keep up-to-date with all things 2013 via the new page found here which will be updated all the way up to the Australian GP next year. But, enough digressing – back to the here and now and the Abu Dhabi GP where Vettel will be trying to win for the fifth time in a row this season.

Abu Dhabi GP stats

Circuit Name: Yas Marina
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554km
Lap Record: 1:40.279 S Vettel (2009)
2011 Results: 1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Fernando Alonso 3. Jenson Button

The two previous Abu Dhabi GP winners are on the grid: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Last Time Out

Sebastian Vettel took another crucial and commanding victory at the Indian GP, finishing ahead of his main rival Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber finished in third to pretty much guarantee Red Bull the Constructors Championship. There are still 129 constructor points up for grabs, but with Ferrari 91 behind and McLaren 101, they would have to rely on a lot of double Red Bull DNFs and be taking 1-2s themselves to win. It was a fairly processional race, with a few DRS moves and punctures mixing things up a bit. McLaren came back from their recent spate of disappointments to finish fourth and fifth, even completing a spectacular pit-stop during which Lewis Hamilton had his steering wheel changed as well as his tyres, which only took 3.1s – one of the fastest stops of the afternoon! Ferrari showed impressive straight line speed in India, which was enough for Felipe Massa to keep Kimi Räikkönen behind for the entire race. The Finn is still maintaining his 100% finishing record, and with just three races remaining – can he keep it going the whole season? HRT had another brake failure, this time on Pedro de la Rosa’s car, while Michael Schumacher had a very disappointing afternoon which included a first lap puncture, an investigation afterwards for holding up cars under blue flags, and a late retirement from the race.

The Abu Dhabi GP, F1’s only day/night race, is on the calendar for its fourth year and has been won by Vettel on two occasions and Hamilton once, although both have retired from races there that they led from pole. From the longest straight in F1 in India, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit boasts the second longest so straight line speed, where Ferrari excelled last weekend, will once again prove crucial. The rest of the circuit is a mixture of high and low speed corners. There have been minor changes made to the circuit, with higher kerbs added to the apex of turns five, six, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, eighteen, and nineteen. There will once again be two DRS zones. Pirelli will be racing with the soft and medium compound tyres while Derek Warwick will be the driver steward. Max Chilton will get his F1 race weekend debut in FP1, with Giedo van der Garde and Ma Qing Hua also scheduled to make an appearance.


Local Abu Dhabi time

Free Practice 1 13:00 Friday
Free Practice 2 17:00 Friday
Free Practice 3 14:00 Saturday
Qualifying 17:00 Saturday
Race 17:00 Sunday

Don’t forget to check The H Duct for Free Practice, Qualifying and Race reports with a post-race discussion over at EnterF1.


2012: Indian GP: Preview

In years gone by the Formula One championship would be well wrapped up and the season would have drawn to a close by now, but in 2012 we still have four races remaining including the Indian GP this weekend. 2010 and 2011 world champion Sebastian Vettel leads Fernando Alonso by just six points with the momentum very much with the Red Bull driver having won the last three races. With 100 points still up for grabs, Mr Consistent Kimi Räikkönen is still in with a chance, lying 48 points behind. Both Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber are over sixty points back so while they are not completely out of the running, it is increasingly unlikely they can overhaul the gap, as it would require misfortune for both Vettel and Alonso. This is the Buddh International Circuit’s second appearance on the calendar after it made its debut in 2011.

Indian GP Stats

Circuit Name: Buddh International Circuit
Number of Laps: 60
Circuit Length: 5.125km
Lap Record: 1:27.249 S Vettel (2011)
2011 Results: 1. Sebastian Vettel 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Mark Webber

Sebastian Vettel was the inaugural Indian GP winner

Last Time Out

The Korean GP proved to be pivotal in the championship as Vettel won the race, leading home a Red Bull 1-2 ahead of Alonso. That makes it three in a row for Vettel and he is now six points clear in the championship battle. Felipe Massa finished in a strong fourth place and, with McLaren leaving the event with only one point after Jenson Button was taken out of the race in a first lap accident and Hamilton had a rear suspension failure which left him languishing in tenth place. Räikkönen continued his 100% finishing record for 2012 with a fifth place while his team-mate overcame his latest troubles to finish in seventh. Both Toro Rosso drivers were solidly in the top ten, with Daniel Ricciardo starting 21st on the grid and finishing ninth, giving them a much needed boost towards the end of the season. Both Sauber drivers got themselves caught up in incidents, which lead to Kamui Kobayashi’s retirement during the race after he had impressed so much at the Japanese GP.

The Buddh International Circuit certainly seemed to impress on its debut in 2011, with plenty of overtaking opportunities including the longest straight on the calendar. Sector one features two straights – the pit straight and the longest straight of the year – with sectors two and three featuring fast flowing corners and the double-apexed right hander at turns ten and eleven. Pirelli will once again bring the hard and soft pairing of compounds to the race, the same as what was used in Japan. In the gap between Korea and India, Ferrari announced that they will be retaining Massa for the 2013 season. The Brazilian driver has had a number of strong finishes in the second half of the season and last time out he even appeared faster than his team-mate. This form is helping Ferrari as they chase Red Bull for the Constructors Championship, allowing them to pass McLaren who have been suffering reliability issues and cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in recent races. In the midfield Force India are 27 points behind Sauber who are in turn 20 points behind Mercedes so for them every little point counts. The Buddh International Circuit is wide at parts, which is to encourage drivers to take different lines and overtake, however, last year with the track being so dusty it was not so straightforward. Massa broke his suspension twice at the same part of the circuit, leading to them renaming the particular kerb after him. Also in 2011, only seven drivers finished the race on the lead lap with Vettel dominating the whole weekend with  pole position, race win and fastest lap – can anyone stop him this time?


Local Indian time

Free Practice 1 10:00 Friday
Free Practice 2 14:00 Friday
Free Practice 3 11:00 Saturday
Qualifying 14:00 Saturday
Race 15:00 Sunday

Don’t forget to check The H Duct for Free Practice, Qualifying and Race reports with a post-race discussion over at EnterF1.