MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Race Day Wrap Up

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Race Day Wrap Up


Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan secured a tremendous lightweight Ulster GP victory.

The winner of the 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings newcomer award, held off a determined challenge from former North West 200 and Manx Grand Prix winner, Davy Morgan.

Whilst rising roads star Darryl Tweed, M&D Racing 400 Kawasaki, lead the 400 challenge, in completing the podium finishers.

Stephen Morrison finished an excellent fourth, Paul Gartland, Callum Laidlaw in fifth and sixth also enjoyed excellent rides.

Finalising the top ten finishers was Bryan Harding, Gavin Brown, Veronika Hankocyova and Andy Mcallister.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Lightweight Race Results:

1 Neil Kernohan
2 Davy Morgan
3 Darryl Tweed
4 Stephen Morrison
5 Paul Gartland
6 Callum Laidlaw
7 Bryan Harding
8 Gavin Brown
9 Veronika Hankocyova
10 Andy Mcallister

Ultra Lightweight:

As anticipated by many Moto 3 Honda mounted Christian Elkin, dominated the ultra lightweight race.

The 2007 North West 200 250 race winner, showcased again today his undoubted pace around the fastest road racing circuit in the world, Dundrod.


Photo by Rod Neill

Joey’s Bar Racing’s Sam Wilson finished a great second as Paul Robinson took the final spot on the podium.

Gary Dunlop’s brilliant Dundrod debut continued with a terrific fourth place finish, as he finished in front of established two stroke specialist Nigel Moore.

Melissa Kennedy recorded a more than creditable sixth place finish, Jack Sands was seventh whilst Italy’s Lorenzo Tiveron lead the continental Europe challenge.

The top ten was wrapped up by Steven Lynd and relative newcomer to 125 machinery Sam Johnson.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Ultra Lightweight Race Results:

1 Christian Elkin
2 Sam Wilson
3 Paul Robinson
4 Gary Dunlop
5 Nigel Moore
6 Melissa Kennedy
7 Jack Sands
8 Lorenzo Tiveron
9 Steven Lynd
10 Sam Johnson

Supersport Race 2:

A quite magnificent second supersport race, would see up to seven riders battling it out for race victory.


It was Ian Hutchinson on the Came BPT Yamaha who emerged out on top, following a thrilling last battle with William Dunlop, who had to settle for the second on his own teams YZF R6 Yamaha.

Peter Hickman completed the podium finishers, following a very impressive performance on the TROOPER backed ZX6R Kawasaki.

Supersport race 1 winner Bruce Anstey was fourth as Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team mate Conor Cummins, finished in fifth place.

Dean Harrison rounded out the top six, with the Silicone Engineering Racing ZX6R Kawasaki. Gary Johnson, East Coast Racing 675 Daytona Triumph, produced a highly accomplished display.

The result made all the more better given that Gary had only competed on the bike for one day, during last Thursday’s qualifying session.

Christian Elkin was eighth, Dan Cooper was ninth as Paul Jordan, B&W Racing CBR 600 Honda, finalised the top ten finishers.

Michael Booth, Danny Tomlinson Racing CBR 600 Honda, lead the newcomers challenge in 16th place, fellow Dundrod newcomers Dan Hegarty 17th and Dominic Herbertson 19th also impressed as did Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis in 20th place.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Supersport Race 2 Results:

1 Ian Hutchinson
2 William Dunlop
3 Peter Hickman
4 Bruce Anstey
5 Conor Cummins
6 Dean Harrison
7 Gary Johnson
8 Christian Elkin
9 Dan Cooper
10 Paul Jordan
11 Jamie Coward
12 Adam McLean
13 James Cowton
14 Robert Wilson
15 Michael Sweeney
16 Michael Booth
17 Dan Hegarty
18 Mark Parrett
19 Dominic Herbertson
20 Xavier Denis

Super Twins:

The tag of one of the best riders to have not won an international road race, now does not apply anymore to Dan Cooper, after he secured a great super twins victory, at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Competing on his own teams SB Tuning backed ER6 Kawasaki, Dan held off the challenges of Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils and James Cowton, Mcadoo Racing ER6 Kawasaki, for his first Dundrod victory.

Paul Jordan set the fastest lap of the race in finishing fourth, whilst Derek McGee and Adam McLean fifth and sixth, both produced top class performances.

Same notion applied to TT privateers championship runner up Jamie Coward in seventh place, Xavier Denis great Ulster GP meeting was blue printed with a first class moment in the form of eighth position.

Maria Costello MBE and Veronika Hankocyova both enjoyed ultra productive races, in finishing ninth and tenth.

Additional notable performances included Rob Livesey 11th, Vincent Brett 12th, Anthony Ambler 16th and Scarborough based James Tadman 17th.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Super Twins Race Results:

1 Dan Cooper
2 Derek Sheils
3 James Cowton
4 Paul Jordan
5 Derek McGee
6 Adam McLean
7 Jamie Coward
8 Xavier Denis
9 Maria Costello MBE
10 Veronika Hankocyova
11 Rob Livesey
12 Vincent Brett
13 Paul Gartland
14 Anthony McColgan
15 Andrew McMullan
16 Anthony Ambler
17 James Tadman
18 John Byrne
19 Jordan McFerran
20 Stephen Davison

Words by Stevie Rial

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