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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix Preview: Part 4 – Super Twin Races

The 650cc race bikes, better known as Super Twins, have since been incorporated into the Ulster GP schedule in 2009, become an important popular component of competition at Dundrod.

Unbeatable aboard the KMR Kawasaki at Enniskillen, Walderstown and Faugheen, Mullingar’s Derek McGee is many peoples tip for class honours.

Runner up in the Bennetts Lightweight TT, the amiable Irishman who’s enjoyed success before at Dundrod within the twins class, is more than capable of producing a series of dominant performances.

Same applies to five times Welsh Open victor at Aberdare Park, Dan Cooper. Stroud’s Cooper like KMR Kawasaki’s McGee, has developed in recent times into a formidable exponent of twins machinery.

Aiming to regain the Ulster GP twins crown he previously scooped in 2016, he’s unquestionably a prime contender for victories next week.

Photo by Rod Neill

Lots of attention will also be placed upon Yorkshireman Joe Thompson, aboard the Team ILR, Mark Coverdale backed S1-R Paton.

York’s Thompson, a multi rostrum finisher at the North West 200, has starred throughout this season aboard the factory backed Paton.

Dundrod 150 National victor last year, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise if the Southern 100 lap record holder banks at one least one class title next week.

Photo by Rod Neill

Fellow rapid rising roads stars Adam McLean, Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd both in excellent form, are additional potential race winners.

Whilst Thompson’s employer, mentor Ian Lougher piloting a similar spec Paton, Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, Christian Elkin provide further stern opposition.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Added depth to the entry is provided by the likes of Noel Williamson Racing’s Darren Cooper, WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson and newcomer, former Newcomers B Manx GP runner up Barry Furber.

Expect it to be ‘Slip Stream City’ down the flying Kilo next week, with multiple evenly matched world class road racers jostling for DGH Recovery Services, Maxwell Freight Services Super Twin victories.

Words by Stevie Rial

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