Farquhar cooks up four star win feast
Ryan Farquhar was in brilliant form during Saturday’s 90th Anniversary Cookstown 100 Road Races where the Dungannon KMR Kawasaki rider scorched to four wins despite taking a tumble during the previous evening’s qualifying session.
Farquhar was unable to repeat last year’s record five wins at the opening road race of the 2012 season as Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin beat him by some three seconds after six laps of intense racing in the Open championship race where Michael Dunlop claimed third ahead of brother William in his debut on the Hunts/McAdoo Honda.
Martin also pushed Farquhar hard in the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 race but, despite setting the fastest lap of the race on lap two of seven, the Tyco Suzuki rider made a mistake that relegated him to fifth position at the chequered flag.
Martin said: “It was alright today, however I felt that a double was on until a slight misjudgement saw me slip down the field in the main race.
“The Tyco Suzuki Superbike was right in the ball park and I leave here confident that when we come to the North West 200 we will be competitive.”
Farquhar’s wins came in the Supertwin race where he led home young protege Jamie Hamilton, who was making his Cookstown 100 debut, setting a new class lap record on the way. Then he headed home Michael Dunlop, Adrian Archibald and Michael Pearson in the feature event, won the Moto450 race comfortably also setting a new lap record and topped his day off by winning the Supersport race by some four seconds from the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael.
William Dunlop dominated the Moto3 and 250GP races on his Delaney Torque Tronix and Maverick Honda, taking Wilson Craig’s Honda’s to second, fourth and seventh place finishes saying: “I am happy enough with how Cookstown went even though it was freezing cold making it difficult to get heat into the tyres on the cold track.
“The 125 and 250 were working well and I had the added interest of seeing Paul Jordan finish fifth on my bike in the Moto3 race. Wilson’s bikes were really flying and with the Superbike I could barely keep the front wheel on the ground, there is so much power on a wee circuit like this.
“I ran the Supersport bike in the big race as we wanted to try a couple of changes before the North West and I was happy with the performance.”
Michael Pearson who failed to qualify for the Supersport ‘A’ race managed to win the ‘B’ race from the back row of the grid and finished fourth in the feature race. He said: “I was livid on Friday evening after crashing out of qualifying after hitting debris from an earlier crash on my first lap and
had to get permission to start the ‘B’ race. Then in the first Superbike race I kept hitting false neutrals and I was forced out on the third lap. We got the problem sorted and I enjoyed the Cookstown 100 race and was pleased with fourth place.”
Alan Kenny and Scott Campbell were the Senior and Junior Support ‘A’ race winners in a mammoth 18-race programme, well organised by the Cookstown Club.