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Armoy: Dunlop Domination In Superbike Qualifying

Michael Dunlop gave the Bennetts Suzuki a memorable first competitive outing at Armoy, as the 15 times TT winner stormed to Open race pole position, finishing fastest by in excess of five seconds.

Despite tricky damp conditions, it made no difference to the six times race of legends winner, who was the only rider to lap under 1 minute 50 seconds.

Photo by Paul Hawkins

Nearest challenger in qualifying was brother William Dunlop aboard the Temple Golf Club Limited YZF R1M Yamaha, whilst Supersport pace setter Derek McGee (1.52.775) also showed good form.

Paul Jordan (1.53.242) and McAdoo Racing’s James Cowton (1.53.928) fourth and fifth quickest, where evenly matched in qualifying with fellow rising roads star Adam McLean (1.54.287) not to far behind.

Team ILR’s Joe Thompson seventh fastest lead the newcomers challenge, the multiple times race winner at Oliver’s Mount has caught the eye of many this year and will be one to watch in this evening’s opening Supersport race.

Finalising the top ten in qualifying where Darryl Tweed, Michael Sweeney and Longshot Racing’s Davey Todd.

Armoy: Open Qualifying Results:

1 Michael Dunlop 1.46.580
2 William Dunlop 1.51.699
3 Derek McGee 1.52.775
4 Paul Jordan 1.53.242
5 James Cowton 1.53.928
6 Adam McLean 1.54.287
7 Joe Thompson 1.55.487
8 Darryl Tweed 1.55.744
9 Michael Sweeney 1.55.825
10 Davey Todd 1.55.972
11 Mark Goodings 1.56.457
12 Dominic Herbertson 1.57.167
13 Graham Kennedy 1.57.359
14 Brad Vicars 1.58.173
15 Davy Morgan 1.59.062
16 Andy Farrell 2.00.224
17 Forest Dunn 2.00.590
18 Kris Duncan 2.00.754
19 Seamus Elliott 2.01.373
20 Callum Laidlaw 2.01.736
21 Sam Johnson 2.02.233
22 Stephen McKnight 2.02.557
23 Thomas Maxwell 2.03.289
24 Donald MacFadyen 2.03.319
25 Paul Cranston 2.03.523
26 David McConnachy 2.03.801
27 Dennis Booth 2.04.587
28 Paul Gartland 2.04.785
29 Richard Charlton 2.05.362
30 Patricia Fernandez 2.06.035

Words by Stevie Rial