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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Race Day Wrap Up

Full wrap up of one of the best race days for multiple years, to grace the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Lightweight:

Known for his renowned pink helmet Davy Morgan emerged victorious in a dramatic Lightweight race.

With pre race favourite Bruce Anstey and Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan, both encountering problems this allowed the popular roads stalwart to take control of the race.

Second placed Paul Owen 4.5 seconds behind, was almost five seconds clear of leading 400 challenger Callum Laidlaw, who set a new class lap record of 112.269 mph.

David Howard was fourth, Paul Gartland and Andy McAllister a very creditable fifth and sixth, as Stephen Morrison, Peter Fletcher, Gareth Keys and Lloyd Collins concluded the top ten finishers.

Lightweight Race Results:

1 Davy Morgan
2 Paul Owen
3 Callum Laidlaw
4 David Howard
5 Paul Gartland
6 Andy McAllister
7 Stephen Morrison
8 Peter Fletcher
9 Gareth Keys
10 Lloyd Collins
11 Bryan Harding
12 Tam Nicholl
13 Mark Shields
14 Johnny McCay
15 Aaron Boyd
16 Yvonne Montgomery
17 Dave Woolams
18 Stephen Carr

Ultra Lightweight:

As on Thursday evening, the front running Ultra Lightweight battle today at Dundrod, was between Paul Robinson and Christian Elkin.

Closely matched, CB Racing’s Robinson just took the race honours by 0.216 of a second, with Bob Wylie Racing’s Elkin six seconds clear of third place finisher, impressive Dundrod debutant Joe Thompson.

Adam McLean, Gary Dunlop and Nigel Moore all enjoyed solid/consistent races, finishing fourth, fifth and sixth.

Same applied to Austria’s Christopher Eder, Italy’s Lorenzo Tiveron, Melissa Kennedy and Jack Sands, as they sealed seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place finishes respectively.

Ultra Lightweight Race Results:

1 Paul Robinson
2 Christian Elkin
3 Joe Thompson
4 Adam McLean
5 Gary Dunlop
6 Nigel Moore
7 Christopher Eder
8 Lorenzo Tiveron
9 Melissa Kennedy
10 Jack Sands
11 Sarah Boyes
12 John McAllister
13 Sam Johnson

Supersport Race 2:

Peter Hickman made it back to back Supersport successes at Dundrod, to make it a hat trick of wins at the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Holding off the legendary flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey, by just 0.314 of a second, a third success today, allied with second in the feature Superbike race, was more than enough for the now six times international road race winner, to secure the man of the meeting award.

Photo by Rod Neill

Lee Johnston showed true grit and determination in finishing third, just rewards for the way he has courageously fought back to fitness, since TT 2017.

15 times TT winner Michael Dunlop lead the Yamaha challenge in fourth, whilst Paul Jordan impressed finishing fifth in front of Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward, Bob Wylie Racing’s Christian Elkin, Dan Cooper, James Cowton and Team ILR’s Joe Thompson who wrapped up the top ten.

Supersport Race 2 Results:

1 Peter Hickman
2 Bruce Anstey
3 Lee Johnston
4 Michael Dunlop
5 Paul Jordan
6 Jamie Coward
7 Christian Elkin
8 Dan Cooper
9 James Cowton
10 Joe Thompson
11 Adam Lyon
12 Robert Wilson
13 Brian McCormack
14 Darren Cooper
15 Mark Goodings
16 Xavier Denis
17 Mark Parrett
18 Kris Duncan
19 Callum Laidlaw
20 Josh Daley
21 Christian Schmitz
22 Paul Cranston
23 Dennis Booth
24 Frank Gallagher
25 Sam Johnson
26 Andrew Sellars

Super Twins:

Along the way setting a sparkling new lap record of 120.402 mph, Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Ivan Lintin won the closest race of competition today at Dundrod.

Victorious in the Maxwell Freight Services Super Twins by just 0.024 of a second over Dan Cooper, the front runners pace was so strong, that at the end of the five lap race, they where 22 seconds clear of third place finisher, rising star Adam McLean.

Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils and Christian Elkin weren’t to far behind in finishing fourth and fifth, whilst McAdoo Racing’s James Cowton sixth, had a surprisingly low key race.

Dundrod newcomer Jonathan Perry bagged seventh, new to the KMR fold Paul Jordan finished eighth with Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis and Maria Costello MBE, rounded out the top ten finishers.

Super Twins Race Results:

1 Ivan Lintin
2 Dan Cooper
3 Adam McLean
4 Derek Sheils
5 Christian Elkin
6 James Cowton
7 Jonathan Perry
8 Paul Jordan
9 Xavier Denis
10 Maria Costello MBE
11 Alistair Kirk
12 Mark Purslow
13 Seamus Elliott
14 Darren Cooper
15 Kris Duncan
16 Stephen McKnight
17 Glenn Walker
18 Marty Lennon
19 William Hara
20 Paul O’Rourke
21 Sam Johnson
22 John Byrne
23 Thomas McAdoo
24 Daniel Annett
25 Brian Loughlin
26 Sandy Berwick
27 Mark Shields
28 Trevor Matthewson

Words by Stevie Rial