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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Hickman Declared Feature Superbike Champion

After two red flags, one due to an incident involving Davey Todd, and another due to deteriorating conditions around Dundrod, Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman was declared for the first time, feature Ulster GP Superbike champion.

Prior to the second start of the showpiece race, you could tell from the ominous dark clouds embarking upon the start line, that wet weather was not to far away from the horizon.

Prior to the race been halted after two laps, early proceedings saw pole sitter Conor Cummins, Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison battle it out for big bike honours.

Lap two provided drama a plenty, as race leader Cummins crashed uninjured out of contention, whilst Superstock winner Harrison also dropped out of contention, taking to the pits at the completion of lap two.

This left great racing all rounder Hickman with a moderately strong advantage over Honda Racing’s Lee Johnston, as attentions turned to lap three.

Soon though the race was stopped; the question now was would we have another race re start, or would a result be declared?

The answer was, a result being declared, meaning Hickman became only the second rider alongside Michael Dunlop in recent Ulster GP history, to complete only two laps and claim a class triumph.

Joining Hickman in banking top three finishes, were Supersport runner up Johnston and new Tyco BMW signing David Johnson, who not only clinched his first top three finish at an International roads meeting, but also provided BMW’s exotic HP4 Race steed with a first major high profile roads result.

Paul Jordan finished an excellent fourth, as TAG Racing IRL’s Brian McCormack, Sam West, Dominic Herbertson, Michael Booth, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn and David Jackson finalised the top ten finishers.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: MMB Surfacing Superbike race result, is as follows:

1 Peter Hickman
2 Lee Johnston
3 David Johnson
4 Paul Jordan
5 Brian McCormack
6 Sam West
7 Dominic Herbertson
8 Michael Booth
9 Forest Dunn
10 David Jackson
11 Darren Cooper
12 Graham Kennedy
13 Mark Goodings
14 Raul Torras Martinez
15 Kris Duncan
16 Mark Parrett
17 Dave Hewson
18 Stephen McKnight
19 Paul Williams
20 Sam Johnson
21 Ryan Kneen
22 Dan Cooper
23 Xavier Denis
24 Paul Gartland
25 Donald MacFadyen
26 George Spence
27 Patricia Fernandez
28 Barry Furber

Words by Stevie Rial

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