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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Hickman Edges Anstey In Pulsating Opening Supersport Encounter

Showcasing that he’s not only on top form aboard 1000cc machinery, Peter Hickman made it two wins from two starts today at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, winning a quite pulsating opening Supersport race.

There was nothing in it throughout between up to six riders, it was TROOPER Triumph mounted Hickman though who hit the front at the right time, just holding off 34 times international road race winner Bruce Anstey, by 0.188 of a second, to seal a third Ulster GP victory.

Photo by Rod Neill

Lee Johnston made it two Padgetts machines in the top three, holding off stern challenges from Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison and going through the pain barrier, William Dunlop, to claim the final spot on the podium.

Michael Dunlop was sixth, Conor Cummins seventh, Derek McGee a very creditable eighth, Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward finished ninth as MSS/Hotties backed Adam McLean finalised the top ten finishers.

Outside of the top ten, you couldn’t help but be impressed with 12th place finisher, Joe Thompson, who lead the newcomers challenge in front of fellow next generation roads competitor, 17th placed Davey Todd.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Supersport Race 1 Results:

1 Peter Hickman
2 Bruce Anstey
3 Lee Johnston
4 Dean Harrison
5 William Dunlop
6 Michael Dunlop
7 Conor Cummins
8 Derek McGee
9 Jamie Coward
10 Adam McLean
11 Paul Jordan
12 Joe Thompson
13 James Cowton
14 Ivan Lintin
15 Christian Elkin
16 Michael Sweeney
17 Davey Todd
18 Adam Lyon
19 Brian McCormack
20 Robert Wilson
21 Dominic Herbertson
22 Josh Daley
23 Mark Goodings
24 Darren Cooper
25 Mark Parrett
26 Raymond Casey
27 Xavier Denis
28 Davy Morgan
29 Dave Hewson
30 Kris Duncan
31 Paul Cranston
32 Frank Gallagher
33 Patricia Fernandez
34 Christian Schmitz
35 James Tadman
36 Stefan Schorgendorfer
37 Sam Johnson
38 Andrew Sellars
39 Eric Wilson

Words by Stevie Rial