Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Cummins carries on his good form

Isle of Man rider Conor Cummins continued his run of success this year when he scored a double in the Dundalk Road Races near Dundalk race course yesterday.

Cummins, 21, who is already the Irish champion in the Open and 600cc classes, was in tremendous form and won the open race by 10 seconds from Roger Mahr with Rob Frost in third place. In fact Cummins led for most of the race after Mahr had been in front early on.

Indeed Cummins was a bit unfortunate not to have made it a treble for he was second in the 600cc race which he led all the way until the rain came on and slowed him down. Darren Burns ended up beating him by half a second.

Cummins' second win came in the grand final, the Dundalk Gold Cup, in which Cummins led from start to finish to beat Adrian Archibald by 11.5 seconds with John Walsh finishing third and Frost fourth.

"I've had a tremendous year which has been my first real season on the roads," said Cummins.

"I suppose my best memories were of those two second places behind Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin at the Ulster Grand Prix. If I could ride like that every weekend I'd be happy!"

Cummins is due to return to Ulster before the end of this month when he rides in a Clubman's meeting a Bishopscourt which is a preview meeting to the Sunflower Trophy in October. He added: "Before then, however, I'm riding at Killilane in County Dublin next weekend and then I'm off to a British Superbike round at Donnington Park later in the month."

Meanwhile Robert Dunlop wrapped up the Irish 125cc Championship when he finished fourth in his class behind his son Michael who beat Mark Cuttin into second place with William Dunlop third.

Darren Burns of course won the 600cc from Cummins with William Dunlop third, and in a story of the Dunlop family, Michael Dunlop won the 250cc from Burns and William Dunlop.

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