Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Ryan Farquhar shows he’s a legend

Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar heads into Ulster Grand Prix bike week action buoyed by yet another four wins during the Race of Legends meeting at Armoy.

The Dungannon man took comfortable victories in the Moto 450, Supertwins and open championship races before making a last lap pass on Scottish visitor Keith Amor in the Race of Legends Grand Final to cap another outstanding day.

Starting alongside Farquhar on the front row of the Coleraine Skip Hire and Recycling Race of Legends Grand Final, Amor blasted his KMBG BMW into an immediate lead and appeared to have the race under control.

However, on the final lap slower riders played a significant role and Farquhar seized the opportunity to nip past Amor and take the chequered flag a tenth of a second ahead of a disappointed Scot with Michael Dunlop third, 12 seconds adrift having stormed through from fifth on lap one.

Farquhar had the distinction of setting the fastest lap of the day on lap four his speed of 103.380mph, a new lap record.

Amor had earlier won a breathtaking Supersport 600cc race where Farquhar and William Dunlop had engaged in a three-way battle for the win, with Michael Dunlop in fourth.

Farquhar led on the opening two laps then Dunlop led momentarily across the line virtually side by side with Farquhar on the third with Amor, having started the race from the third row of the grid, right in their wheel-tracks.

The flying Scotsman moved into second on the penultimate lap of six and with the fastest lap of the race at 101.341mph on the final circuit edged ahead of the Dungannon rider to take a superb win by a mere tenth of a second.

Dunlop dropped back to finish third with Michael Dunlop fourth well clear of Czech Republic rider Michal Dokoupil.

Amor said: “I thought I had Ryan in the big race, but he nipped past when we came across slower riders.

“In the Supersport race he had a moment coming onto the back part of the circuit and his machine spun up and I got better drive and passed him over the jump out the back.

“In the open race I took too long to get past Michael (Dunlop) and by the time I did Ryan was gone and it was too late to make any impression on him. It’s been a good shakedown for the Ulster Grand Prix this week.”

William Dunlop raced to a two-stroke double in the 125GP and 250GP classes beating Paul Robinson by 13 seconds in the smaller class, but having to come from fourth and nearly four seconds off the pace after bogging his machine down at the start of the 250GP to eventually overhaul Darren Burns, Davy Morgan and early leader Barry Davidson.

Bradford’s Dean Harrison won both junior and senior support races.

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