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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Harrison, Hickman Head 1000cc Practice Time Sheets

Following supreme anticipation, the opening combined Superbike/Superstock practice session of the 2018 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, provided first class action in abundance as Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman and Conor Cummins battled it out to top the time sheets.

It was Dundrod lap record holder Harrison lapping at 3 minutes 21.161 seconds, equating to a lap speed of excess of 132 mph, who set in impressive style the Superbike pace aboard the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki that has served him so well, so far this year.

Behind Harrison, TT lap record holder Peter Hickman (3.21.983) looked in silky smooth form, on route to finishing second quickest, just 0.822 behind his fellow countryman.

Third fastest behind Superstock pace setter Hickman was Padgetts Racing’s Conor Cummins (3.22.239), whilst Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd (3.25.510) caught the eye by finishing fourth quickest in front of David Johnson having his first outing on the exotic HP4 Race BMW (3.25.578), and Honda Racing’s Lee Johnston (3.25.767).

Irish road race Superbike champion Derek McGee (3.26.146) seventh fastest, was unfortunately involved in an incident with Seamus Elliott, which led to the original start of the practice session, red flagged.

Both riders are reported as being treated for broken bones, Road Racing News wishes both Derek and Seamus, a very speedy recovery.

Concluding the ten fastest qualifiers from today’s 1000cc action at Dundrod, were new Dafabet Devitt Racing signing Paul Jordan (3.28.073), Sam West (3.28.817) and Adam McLean (3.28.845).

Practice results are as follows:

Superbike:

1 Dean Harrison 3.21.161
2 Peter Hickman 3.21.983
3 Conor Cummins 3.22.239
4 Davey Todd 3.25.510
5 David Johnson 3.25.578
6 Lee Johnston 3.25.767
7 Derek McGee 3.26.146
8 Paul Jordan 3.28.073
9 Sam West 3.28.817
10 Adam McLean 3.28.845
11 Michael Sweeney 3.29.524
12 Dan Cooper 3.29.592
13 Brian McCormack 3.29.840
14 David Jackson 3.30.961
15 Dominic Herbertson 3.31.911
16 Mark Goodings 3.32.531
17 Ryan Kneen 3.33.487
18 Michael Booth 3.33.772
19 Seamus Elliott 3.33.815
20 Shaun Anderson 3.35.056

Superstock:

1 Peter Hickman 3.23.167
2 Dean Harrison 3.25.586
3 Derek McGee 3.26.146
4 Davey Todd 3.27.096
5 Conor Cummins 3.27.372
6 Lee Johnston 3.27.420
7 Paul Jordan 3.28.073
8 David Johnson 3.28.310
9 Adam McLean 3.28.845
10 Michael Sweeney 3.29.524
11 Dan Cooper 3.29.592
12 Brian McCormack 3.29.840
13 David Jackson 3.30.961
14 Dominic Herbertson 3.31.911
15 Mark Goodings 3.32.531
16 Sam West 3.32.942
17 Ryan Kneen 3.33.487
18 Michael Booth 3.33.772
19 Seamus Elliott 3.33.815
20 Shaun Anderson 3.35.056

Words by Stevie Rial

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