Ryan Farquhar's still king of the roads
Ryan Farquhar ended his road racing season in fine style by finishing the most successful local rider of the strong Irish contingent at the weekend international Gold Cup meeting at Olivers Mount in Scarborough.
Farquhar claimed three victories, three runner-up spots and finished third in the main Gold Cup race to clinch the Duke Road Race Rankings title for the third successive season.
It’s the fifth time the speed king has secured the title since the series was introduced in 2002.
Farquhar won both Superbike races to clinch the Darren Lindsay Trophy, beating Guy Martin by four seconds in Saturday’s dry first leg and then yesterday with the track wet he brought the KMR Kawasaki home again in first position over ten seconds ahead of Ian Lougher with Ian Hutchinson third in both legs.
The Dungannon man was also the overall winner of the mini twins events, winning Saturday’s race, but losing out by just over half a second to Dean Harrison in Sunday’s race.
The result was taken on three laps after the race was stopped when a spectator became ill.
Farquhar was second in both 125cc races won by Scarborough veteran Ian Lougher.
However, when it came to the big one, the feature 60th Anniversary Gold Cup eight-lap race yesterday, held on a wet track, it was TT hero Hutchinson who negotiated the conditions best on his Padgetts Honda.
Hutchinson won the Gold Cup for the first time in his career, his tenth international race of the season, three and a half seconds clear of Lougher with Farquhar a further twelve seconds back in third with Michael Dunlop fourth.
Martin, going for his eighth successive win in this particular race, was disappointingly forced out of the race on the warm-up lap with machine problems.
Dunlop was also fourth in both legs of the David Jefferies Cup 600cc races over the weekend Hutchinson again the man in form with a double victory over Martin and Lougher.
William Dunlop won Saturday’s dry 250cc race, but was a non-finisher in Sunday’s race.