Dundrod 150 National/Challenge:
Opening practice session for the Dundrod 150 national and challenge classes would see Dean Campbell (109.837 mph) finish fastest on his own teams ZX6R Kawasaki.
Nearest challenger to Dean in practice was fellow rising roads star Adam McLean (109.701 mph), whilst David “Action” Jackson (109.479 mph) third quickest also impressed.
Glenn Walker finished fourth quickest, Graham Kennedy, early session leader James Kelly and Robert Wilson on the Stoddart Racing YZF R6 Yamaha all showed good form.
Same notion applied to Frank Gallagher, VRS Racing’s Ben Rea and Sean Connolly who finalised the top ten in practice.
Dundrod 150 National/Challenge Practice Results:
1 Dean Campbell 109.837
2 Adam McLean 109.701
3 David Jackson 109.479
4 Glenn Walker 109.401
5 Graham Kennedy 108.228
6 James Kelly 107.258
7 Robert Wilson 105.533
8 Frank Gallagher 105.332
9 Ben Rea 105.155
10 Sean Connolly 105.079
Dundrod 150 Superbike:
Inclement conditions greeted competitors for the opening Dundrod 150 superbike practice session.
It was Derek Sheils on the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, who would set the pace lapping at a very creditable given the adverse conditions 117.195 mph.
Photo by Rod Neill
Conor Cummins competing under the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles banner this week, finished second quickest, lapping close to the 117 mph mark, with lap speed of 116.935 mph.
13 times TT winner Michael Dunlop was next up on the Hawk Racing S1000RR BMW, lapping at 116.352 mph.
YZF R1M Yamaha mounted duo Dan Kneen and William Dunlop both showed good form, as did Steve Mercer new to the Devitt RC Express Racing fold.
Two of the firm pre race favourites Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles RC213V-S Honda, both endured a low key practice session.
It has to be said tough, given that the weather is predicted to be much better tomorrow, we can’t read anything in my opinion, into today’s superbike lap speeds around Dundrod.
Dundrod 150 Superbike Practice Results:
1 Derek Sheils 117.195
2 Conor Cummins 116.935
3 Michael Dunlop 116.352
4 Dan Kneen 116.227
5 William Dunlop 115.491
6 Derek McGee 114.636
7 Jamie Coward 114.425
8 Ian Hutchinson 114.382
9 Steve Mercer 113.856
10 Bruce Anstey 113.649
Words by Stevie Rial