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Farquhar’s double motorcycling delight

By Jimmy Walker

Published 15/09/2008

Ryan Farquhar produced a fantastic performance in Killalane yesterday
Ryan Farquhar produced a fantastic performance in Killalane yesterday

Salute Ryan Farquhar. He is dual Irish road racing champion after a sizzling performance at Killalane county Dublin yesterday which saw him also break the lap record.

Farquhar became the new Irish open champion as well as the Irish SuperSport. In addition he won the grand final, where he beat Scots rider Keith Amor and William Dunlop. He also set a new record for the course with a speed of 112.70 mph.

“What a day,” said Farquhar. “I knew I had to win this afternoon in order to clinch the titles and I nearly crashed into John Walsh early in the Senior race. This is my first title since 2005.”

Farquhar became the new Irish SuperSport champion when he finished third behind Amor and Dunlop.

“This is my favourite circuit,” said Amor after leading most of the race. “I have to stay awake here and I’m happy to finish second in the championship. I wanted a win but you can’t have everything. I slid on the first lap and I missed a gear but it was perfect after that. This was my first time here and I couldn’t have had a better result.”

In the grand final it was a case of Amor leading early on hounded by Farquhar with John Burrows in third place.

Near the finish Farquhar broke the lap record. He ended up winning from Amor by 9/10s of a second. Third place went to William Dunlop who beat Burrows on the run for home. Michael Pearson who was making his first appearance at the circuit did well to finish seventh. His mother and father were in attendance and Pearson made the day for them.

The man of the meeting was adjudged to be William Dunlop who won the 250cc race. However this wasn’t enough to give him the title which went to his brother Michael. The two Dunlops were also involved in a crazy finish to the 125cc race.

Both had disputed the lead until a lap from the finish when Sam Dunlop, their cousin, emerged clear of Michael with Robert Knight third. William Dunlop finished fifth but this was enough to give him man of the meeting award.

Meanwhile at Croft in Lincoln, John Laverty clinched the British Privateers Cup when he finished 16th twice in two counting races on his North West 200 Ducati.

The opening super bike race was won by Leon Camier from Leon Haslam with Tom Sykes third. Michael Laverty was seventh.

In the second race Haslam won with Sykes second and Cal Crutchlow third. Michael Laverty was 10th.

In the SuperSport round Marrty Nutt was seventh and Ian Lowry fell off but was unhurt.

Leon Camier and Leon Haslam took the victories in the 10th round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Croft, where Shane Byrne fell six points short of sealing his second title success in five years.

Byrne said: "There's no point reflecting on what happened. My objective was to finish ahead of Tom but he made a move, I went wide both him and Cal Crutchlow got back in front of me.”

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