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Joe Thompson Continues Impressive Season At Dundrod

Joe Thompson’s impressive first full scale pure roads campaign continued at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, as he finished the leading newcomer to the world’s fastest road race.

At a glance just some of the momentous moments of the Team ILR (Ian Lougher Racing) riders maiden Dundrod voyage, included winning the Dundrod 150 National race.

Plus finishing third in the Ulster GP Ultra Lightweight race, and securing a top ten finish within the Barron Transport Services Supersport encounter.

Photo’s by Tommy Vennard

Looking back on last weekend’s competition, the Yorkshireman said via Team ILR’s website:

“Ulster GP, where do we start, being a newcomer to the circuit I did not expect the performances I pulled off, getting to grips with the Dundrod circuit so quickly was a surprise but with the help from Ian’s knowledge it made it a lot easier.

Winning Race 1 was ideal as it set me up with confidence for the rest of the week, the 600 ran perfect with no issues and the Nettleship Honda RS 125 was singing and we managed to qualify front row then get a podium after a hard race against Moto3’s.

It has been a very successful week and I enjoyed every minute of it, being the fastest ever 600cc newcomer topped it all off nicely.

Thanks to my dad, Team ILR and all my sponsors and fans for a great time!”

Words by Stevie Rial