Mid Antrim 150: Joy for five-star Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar, the most prolific Irish national road race winner of all time, added another record to his career on Saturday when he became the first man ever to win five races in a day at the Mid Antrim 150 held around the 3.5 mile Clough Circuit outside Ballymena.
The 34-year-old Dungannon rider raced his KMR Kawasaki machines to victory in the open, supersport, supertwins, Moto450 and Grand Final races, breaking the lap record in the supertwins class on a day when weather conditions were far from ideal with heavy showers of rain making conditions treacherous.
With the Dunlop brothers William and Michael missing from the action on as they described it, “a point of principal over entry fees,” Farquhar (inset) had been expected to be the man to beat and so it proved — but he did not have things all his own way.
John Burrows pushed him hard in the supertwins race, then Seamus Elliott rode out of his skin to lead the Moto450 race early on before Farquhar took control.
In the feature Grand Final, Adrian Archibald was even closer before crashing out at Elders.
Farquhar had earlier won the first superbike race.
The supersport race also went the way of Farquhar getting past early leader Archibald on the second lap going on to win by 13 seconds from the Ballymoney man with Burrows again third.
“That was one tough day. Conditions at one stage were as slippery as I’ve ever raced in with the bikes spinning up everywhere,” said Farquhar.
“There was a bit of panic changing wheels and things between races and I couldn’t have done it without the guy’s who helped me in the paddock and on the grid.
“I’m over the moon to have won all five races, as I lost out on a five-timer here in 2005 when Guy Martin beat me in the last superbike race.”