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FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix: Hickman Edges Johnston In Shoei Helmets Supersport Thriller

As the evening sunshine glistened upon Dundrod, the action on track was even more sparkling as a selection of the world’s best road racers contended for opening Supersport race spoils.

After an opening lap which saw the first five racers covered by only 1.978 seconds, lap 2 saw early pace setter Lee Johnston, pole sitter Peter Hickman begin to take control.

Separated at the end of lap two by just 0.129 of a second, lap three would see Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston and factory Triumph mounted Hickman move further clear of the likes of Davey Todd, Dean Harrison, Jamie Coward and Conor Cummins.

Trading back and forth the race lead, at the completion of lap three 0.247 covered Johnston and recently crowned Ulster GP lap record holder Hickman.

Laps four and five saw Johnston and Hickman continue to be separated by just a few tenths of a second, the question was who would find that something extra to scoop race Shoei Helmets Supersport victory?

The answer was Hickman, who found just enough pace when needed to make it eight Ulster GP victories.

Although ultimately finishing 0.357 behind Hickman, Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 winner Johnston has none the less achieved a unique feat of securing at least a second place finish or better in Supersport races, at International Roads events in 2019.

Wrapping up the rostrum finishers behind Hickman, Johnston was Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison, who’s path to third was made all the more comfortable once Milenco by Padgetts Davey Todd retired out of contention on lap four, at Quarterlands.

Following Todd’s retirement this allowed PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward, Conor Cummins, Paul Jordan to all move up a place and acquire eventual fourth, fifth, sixth place finishes.

Concluding the first ten finishers were Michael Sweeney, Honda Racing’s David Johnson, Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis and reigning Junior Classic TT champion Dominic Herbertson.

Others to enjoy impressive race stints included respective 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th place finishers David ‘Action’ Jackson, Ray Casey, Tom Weeden, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn and International roads returnee Joe Loughlin.

FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix – Shoei Helmets Supersport race result, is as follows:

1 Peter Hickman
2 Lee Johnston
3 Dean Harrison
4 Jamie Coward
5 Conor Cummins
6 Paul Jordan
7 Michael Sweeney
8 David Johnson
9 Xavier Denis
10 Dominic Herbertson
11 David Jackson
12 Ray Casey
13 Tom Weeden
14 Forest Dunn
15 Joe Loughlin
16 Laurent Hoffmann
17 Josh Daley
18 Michael Booth
19 James Chawke
20 Mike Norbury
21 Davy Morgan
22 Mark Parrett
23 Richard Charlton
24 David McConnachy
25 Kris Duncan
26 Patricia Fernandez
27 Kamil Holan
28 Ryan Gibson
29 Don Gilbert
30 Paul Cassidy
31 Lloyd Collins

Words by Stevie Rial

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