Embroiled last year in pulsating battles for middleweight class honours, nine times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston since 2015 has held the Supersport Ulster GP lap record.
Back in 2015 at Dundrod, Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston on route to opening 600 race spoils, registered a new official lap record of 3 minutes 26.681 seconds, which equates speed wise to 128.913 mph.
World’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman who got the better of Johnston in last August’s Dundrod Supersport duels, came close to surpassing the current Scarborough Gold Cup champion’s existing lap record in 2018, lapping just over a tenth of a second slower.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Aside from Johnston, Hickman (128.838) who both set their quickest 600 lap speeds on Triumph machinery, a further 9 racers have broke past the 128 mph barrier during the 2010’s at Dundrod, they are as follows:
The much missed William Dunlop (128.748), 2019 Senior TT victor Dean Harrison (128.602), Michael Dunlop (128.599), fastest Honda competitor Bruce Anstey (128.553).
Keith Amor (128.53), recent TAS Racing returnee Ian Hutchinson (128.511), new Honda Racing signing Glenn Irwin (128.411), Conor Cummins (128.381) and McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean (128.154).
Rounding out the 20 fastest Ulster GP Supersport exponents throughout the 2010-2019 period, are Cameron Donald (127.985), the late but great Dan Kneen (127.952), Guy Martin (127.56).
Reigning IRRC Superbike series winner Davey Todd (127.313), twice Supersport TT winner Gary Johnson (126.766), PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward (126.471).
2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Derek McGee (126.439), Inaugural Senior Classic TT Champ Olie Linsdell (125.995) and RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki’s Paul Jordan (125.804).
Words by Stevie Rial