Tandragee 100: Farquhar proves his class to ensure a fairytale return
Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar made a fairytale return to Superbike action, winning last night's Traynor's Motor Store Open race at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 after a race-long battle with Tyco BMW mounted William Dunlop.
Farquhar, who hasn't ridden a Superbike in anger since 2012, came to Tandragee knowing he still had the talent, but wasn't quite sure what to expect.
"That was really hard work. I can hardly move and I had a bad burning feeling in my shoulder after the first practice session, which is just a lack of fitness and old age," he joked following his win.
"If I'm honest I knew all along I could come back and run the times of the front men as the lap times haven't moved along in the last three years."
And Farquhar knew only one way to deal with the hard-charging Dunlop.
"He passed me three times and his bike was certainly quicker, but there were a couple of places he rolled off when you really need to keep it pinned. I kept her lit."
Dunlop took pole position in both the Open and Supersport classes, with Farquhar on pole in the Supertwins category. Roads close this morning at 10am, with the opening race of eight scheduled for 11am.
Quad Racing Ireland are hosting the second round of the Willcock British Quad Championship today at the former GP Motorcross Track at Desertmartin.
Some 34 riders from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland signed up, and places at each round are then open for a wildcard entry so a full gate of 40 riders will be competing including local riders David Cowan from Banbridge, Mark McClernon from Hillsborough and Saintfield's Dean Colhoun.