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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Hickman Holds Off Harrison In Superstock Qualifying

Maintaining his sparkling form from yesterday, Peter Hickman just held off a determined Dean Harrison, to clinch pole position, for the Ulster GP Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race.

Propelling the stock Smiths Racing BMW to lap speed of 132.334 mph, just one tenth of a second separated him and Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison, who also dipped over the 132 mph mark.

Photo’s by Rod Neill

Behind the pace setters, the battle for the final spots on the front row, alongside Hickman and Harrison, where clinched by Dan Kneen (130.732) and Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward (130.425).

Row two for the scheduled opening race on Saturday, is filled by David Johnson (130.303), Derek Sheils (130.247), Lee Johnston (129.557) and Michael Dunlop (129.005).

Finalising the top ten overall, following Wednesday and Thursday’s qualifying sessions are leading Honda runner, Padgett’s Conor Cummins (128.849) and Derek McGee (128.437).

Others to impress included 13th quickest Phil Crowe (127.994), 16th fastest Alistair Kirk (127.360) and PHM Promotions backed Mark Goodings (126.467).

It’s worth noting as well, that 12 of the top 20 qualifiers, where S1000RR BMW mounted, an example of the domination taking Dean Harrison out of the equation! that the German manufacturer has at present, within the Superstock class.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Overall Superstock Qualifying Results:

1 Peter Hickman 132.334
2 Dean Harrison 132.237
3 Dan Kneen 130.732
4 Jamie Coward 130.425
5 David Johnson 130.303
6 Derek Sheils 130.247
7 Lee Johnston 129.557
8 Michael Dunlop 129.005
9 Conor Cummins 128.849
10 Derek McGee 128.437
11 Ivan Lintin 128.114
12 Dan Cooper 128.039
13 Phil Crowe 127.994
14 Daley Mathison 127.793
15 Sam West 127.609
16 Alistair Kirk 127.360
17 Brian McCormack 127.307
18 James Cowton 127.081
19 Michael Sweeney 126.549
20 Mark Goodings 126.467

Words by Stevie Rial