Ulster Grand Prix: Donald and Anstey looking to double up
Relentless Suzuki by TAS road racing duo Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey will be in the thick of the action at today’s McKinstry Skip Hire Ulster Grand Prix around the 7.4mile Dundrod Circuit, the fastest road race circuit in the world currently in use.
Apart from Alastair Seeley doing a double for the team at the North West 200 back in May it has been a quiet year on the roads for the Relentless Suzuki team but Donald and Anstey have delivered good qualifying times for today’s Superbike and Supersport races.
New Zealander Anstey has qualified on the front row of the grid for the Supersport and Superbike races and after finishing fourth in Thursday’s Topaz Dundrod 150 he said: “Considering I haven’t been on a race bike since the Isle of Man TT back in June I am more than happy to be on the front row for the main UGP races.
“The Dundrod 150 was a bit of a warm up and I had work to do coming from the fourth row of the grid and I was happy to finish fourth. The bikes are going really well and we’ll be going for some top results in the Ulster.”
His Australian team mate Donald warmed up for the UGP races with a fifth place finish in the Dundrod 150 saying: “I was well pleased with the way Thursday’s race went and I’m pleased to be on the front row for the UGP Superbike races and on the second row for the Supersport races.
“I’m feeling comfortable with my superbike set up and know there is more to come in terms of lap speed. I’m really looking forward to ending my 2010 season with some good results for the Relentless Suzuki Team here at the Dundrod, where I haven’t raced since 2007.”
The man of the moment however is Keith Amor who broke his Dundrod duck by winning the Dundrod 150 on Thursday and who sits on pole position for this afternoon’s Supersport and Superstock races.
The Scotsman, who has world superbike contender Jonathan Rea in his pit box this weekend, said: “I love Dundrod as a circuit and it bugged me greatly that I hadn’t won on it until now. I unofficially broke the Superstock lap record in practice and went over 127mph in Supersport qualifying, so the bikes are good and it will just be up to me come race day.”
On pole position for the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races is Ian Hutchinson, who set a unique record back in June when he became the first man to win all five solo TT races in one week.
Hutchinson was pushing Amor hard in Thursday’s race before mechanical gremlins forced his retirement.
The Padgetts Honda rider makes no bones about his targets today saying: “I’m here to win as many races as possible. Thursday was disappointing to say the least, but we hope to be in contention for race wins in the main races.”
The main local challengers will be Michael Dunlop who finished third in the Dundrod 150 on Thursday and who is on the front row for the Superstock race and on the second row for both Supersport and Superbike.
His brother William’s best opportunity may lie in the Supersport races where the class lap record holder starts from third position behind Amor and Hutchinson while Ryan Farquhar can never be discounted despite having a fraught qualifying when his superstock machine that he also uses in the Superbike races blew up on Thursday with a race against the clock to source a replacement engine for today.
Farquhar starts the Superstock and Superbike races from the front row while securing a second row start in the supersport races.