Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Skerries 100: Dunlop to the four

After a fabulous four-timer in front of a receptive County Dublin audience at the Skerries 100, the quiet man of the sport, William Dunlop, has finally come of age.

Often regarded as simply a two stroke specialist with the odd top drawer Supersport performance thrown in, Dunlop can now prepare for next month’s Ulster Grand Prix with a spring in his step.

“I’m over the moon with those results,” beamed Dunlop after Saturday’s stunning display.

“I’m so glad to get those wins under my belt for Wilson Craig Racing as Cameron (Donald) has been doing all the winning up to now.

“The Superbike was a bit of a handful — way too quick but it handled well around Skerries.”

With Ryan Farquhar absent from Skerries, the formbook suggested total Dunlop domination — William in the 125 and 250 races and his double TT winning younger brother Michael in the 600cc and Open classes. But it didn’t quite turn out like that.

In the opening Superbike race William gave best to local man Derek Shiels and John Burrows with his brother Michael fourth but from there on in the elder Dunlop was unstoppable.