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Farquhar on form at Cock o’ the North

By Roy Harris

Ryan Farquhar dominated the Cock o’the North meeting at Olivers Mount in Scarborough yesterday.

The Dungannon rider was unbeatable over the weekend, winning both legs of the Superbike, Supersport, Mini Twins and 125/400cc races plus, for the very first time, the feature race — an incredible nine wins from nine starts.

In the Cock o’the North race, Farquhar led home a Kawasaki 1-2-3 with last year’s winner Michael Pearson second and Ian Lougher finishing third.

Farquhar was in pole position, but it was Pearson who led at the end of the opening lap of ten, a lead which the Ballygowan man until lap three when Farquhar edged ahead and started to ease away from the field.

Meanwhile, with Farquhar and Pearson absent, it was left to Michael and William Dunlop to shine at Walderstown where rain virtually wiped out Saturday’s practice.

Thankfully, it had cleared by yesterday with Michael Dunlop scorching to victory in the open championship race ahead of a rejuvenated Davy Morgan then playing second fiddle to his elder brother in the 250cc junior race.

Michael got his revenge in a closely contested supersport race where less than a tenth of a second separated the flying Ballymoney duo.

William got his double in the 125cc race where he had less than a second to spare over North West 200 125cc winner Paul Robinson, but when it came to the Race of the South it was Michael in control, taking his third win of the day by six seconds from Adrian Archibald with William obliterating the lap record to take third.

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