Treble hero Michael is top Dunlop brother
Michael Dunlop swept to a treble at Walderstown, Co Westmeath yesterday, winning the Supersport, Open and Race of the South in which he set a new absolute lap record of 107.97mph riding his Street Sweep machine.
Dunlop said: “That makes me feel a lot better and full of confidence heading to the Southern 100 tomorrow.
“The bikes were going well and I managed to get the better of William this weekend after he beat me fair and square at Skerries. I enjoy this meeting and that’s two years in a row I have won the same three races here.”
In ideal conditions, Dunlop won the open race by 8.3sec from Michael Pearson and Derek Sheils with brother William finishing seventh.
When it came to the Supersport event, in which William was a non-starter, Michael had a one and a half second lead at the end of lap one over John Burrows and Sheils, which he extended lap by lap, taking the chequered flag at the end of the six-lap race four seconds clear of Sheils.
Michael Sweeney claimed third ahead of Davy Morgan, Brian McCormack, riding Randalstown business man Chris Dowd’s Yamaha, and Burrows dropped back to sixth.
In the Race of the South William, on Wilson Craig’s Honda, led for the first three of six laps with the Street Sweep Kawasaki of Michael in his slipstream before he powered past on lap four with the first 107mph lap of the 2-mile circuit near Athlone.
He went even quicker on the penultimate lap to shatter the lap record and win by two and a half seconds from William with Sheils again in third spot ahead of Burrows, who had passed the ailing BMW of Pearson on the final lap with McCormack completing the top six.
The 250GP race was cancelled after a first lap crash that saw Darren Burns and Wayne Kennedy taken to hospital with suspected rib, pelvis and leg injuries.
Earlier in the day, William Dunlop, also caught up in the 250cc incident, won the 125GP race by five and a half seconds from cousin Paul Robinson with another cousin Sam Dunlop in third.
Local rider Derek McGee from Mullingar won both senior support races while Antrim’s Mark Hanna just failed by a fifth of a second to beat Ronan Pentony in the junior support race.
The road race action now heads to the Isle of Man where practice for the Steam Packet Southern 100 meeting begins this evening.