Lowry breaks duck to clinch Superbike win
Ian Lowry secured his maiden British Superbike victory in the opening race of the day at Thruxton.
Lowry breaks duck to clinch Superbike win Road king: Ian Lowry (centre) was able to toast his first British Superbike success yesterday at ThruxtonIan Lowry secured his maiden British Superbike victory yesterday in the opening race of the day at Thruxton.
The 25-year-old Moira man bided his time behind defending BSB champion Tommy Hill to take the lead on the 17th lap of 20, going on to win by 2.8 seconds at the chequered flag.
Lowry backed his win up with fifth position in race two to lead the BSB Championship by two points after the opening two rounds.
A thrilled Lowry, rookie of the year in the 2009 BSB Championship, said: “I'm now leading the British Championship and it's a position I've never been in before but it's a mega feeling.
“I can't wait for Oulton in a few weeks, I would just like to thank everyone who has had the faith in me this year and hope I can continue to prove myself and ride well.
“I sat behind Tommy and saw that he was having tyre problems, so I nipped ahead at the complex and that was that.
“The Honda worked perfectly and we didn’t change much all weekend. We had the perfect combination of tyre and set up.
“For race two we simply refuelled the bike and put on a new tyre and I’m delighted to come away from Thruxton leading the championship.”
Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes, third in race one, rode a calculated race two. He came from 13th at the end of lap one to snatch the lead by diving underneath Hill at the complex on the final lap, going on to win by six-tenths of a second.
The win gives the Moneymore based Hector and Philip Neil team their first victory of the season with Brookes now second in the early stages of the championship just two points adrift of Lowry.
Brookes said: “I would expect a few Guinness to be drunk tonight. It’s credit to the team for providing me with such a great bike.
“We have built up a good understanding from last year and as usual I took it to the limit to get the win. In race one I showed too much courtesy to my tyres and I should have gone harder from the start, however in race two I timed it perfectly.”
Michael Laverty rode a gritty first race to come from the fourth row of the grid to finish in sixth position.
However, in race two he could only manage a lowly 13th while Alastair Seeley, second in the Brands Hatch opener a week ago, could only manage disappointing 15th and 21st finishes in the two races. In an astonishing British Supersport race that saw the lead change hands virtually every corner, Tim Martin’s Mar-Train Yamaha rider Jack Kennedy finished second a mere six one hundredths behind Billy McConnell.
The result adds to his fourth place finish in Saturday’s race to lead the championship by half a point. Glenn Irwin was seventh, with Nikki Coates 15th.
Keith Farmer from Clogher won the British Superstock 1000cc race on his PBM Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to top the championship table on maximum points.
William Dunlop finished seventh in the re-started MotoStar race.
Meanwhile, in Scarborough Ryan Farquhar won five races.
However, in the feature event, the Spring Cup, he was forced to retire with victory going to the Honda of Steve Mercer, who was the winner of the Ian Watson Spring Cup overall.
Farquhar had earlier won both legs of the Supertwins with his young protege Jamie Hamilton third in leg one before making it a KMR Kawasaki 1-2 in the second race. The Dungannon man, beginning the defence of his Duke Road Race Rankings title, also did the double in the Supersport events in which Ivan Lintin was second each time with Adrian Archibald third in the second of the two races.