Wet, damp conditions greeted competitors for the Daly’s Hyundai Superstock race, which kicked off in style Saturday’s race action at the FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.
Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman got the hole shot, with Dean Harrison and Davey Todd in close pursuit.
Come the conclusion of lap 1, Hickman held a half a second lead over IRRC Superbike series leader Todd, with Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison holding third, who then soon entered the pits and retired due to a fuel pump problem.
This elevated Michael Sweeney into third place, who was then soon overhauled by Honda Racing’s David Johnson.
Out front Hickman & Todd continued to be closely matched on lap two, lap three though would see Hickman up the ante, moving over 2.5 seconds clear.
From here the new Ulster GP lap record holder never looked back, going onto take race honours by the commanding margin of 24.239 seconds over Penz 13 BMW’s Todd.
The battle for the final place on the podium was won by Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins, following a gutsy performance from the former Ulster GP qualifying lap record holder.
Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston placed fourth, BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils secured sixth as previous third place holder Johnson dropped back to sixth.
Finalising the first ten finishers were twice Junior Manx GP winner Sweeney, second wave leader Michael Dunlop, David ‘Action’ Jackson and On 1 Racing’s Brian McCormack.
Words by Stevie Rial