Ryan Farquhar continued his recent rich vein of form at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man yesterday by winning the Solo Championship race for the first time since 2003 and the second 650cc race to take his wins for the week to four.
The solo championship race was ran in two parts with the first race red flagged after Michael Dunlop crashed at the Iron Gate and was taken to Nobles Hospital for a precautionary check-up.
Farquhar and Dunlop had been dicing wheel to wheel at close to record speed when on the sixth lap Dunlop crashed out leaving the Dungannon man with a 2.8sec advantage over Cameron Donald for the second part of the race.
Farquhar made a lightning start and was never headed in the four-lap restart heading Donald and James McBride over the finish line to end what was a successful meeting for the 34-year old.
Earlier in the day he had cakewalked the 650cc race after early pressure from Roy Richardson.
Following his solo race win Farquhar said: “I’ve waited a long time to win this particular race for the second time.
“If it hadn’t been for Mark Buckley (a fellow competitor) I would not have made the second part of that race as I had holed the radiator of the KMR Kawasaki in the first part. I owe him one and hopefully sometime I can repay him for helping me out.
“I knew Michael was close behind me in the first part then I did not hear his bike at the next road end and I knew something had happened. I hope he is all right.
“On the restart I knew if Cameron won he needed to beat me by three seconds, but I made a great start and was never headed. I’ve come close a few times in the last seven years and this was well worth the wait.”
Earlier in the day Michael Dunlop won a fast and furious supersport 600cc race after an eight lap dice with brother William.
Afterwards, Michael said: “I was just taking it easy in front of William, but fair play to him he hung on in there and rode hard. It was a good race and I love this wee meeting. When I came here on Monday I had no wins now I have three, it’s not been a bad week.”
William was also a winner yesterday taking the 250cc race following his usual battle with Chris Palmer, with Davy Morgan third.
Palmer got his revenge in a shortened 125cc race being declared the winner from Dunlop.
William Cowden from Belfast and Brian Patterson from Newtownabbey made it a local 1-2 in the senior support consolation race.
The action now moves to the Republic and the Adelaide Insurance International Kells Road Races on Saturday and Sunday where Farquhar, the Dunlops and Donald should all be in action.