Dunlop brothers demonstrate their class with Armoy doubles
Michael Dunlop again proved just why he is the king of the Superbike class, with two subliminal performances at Saturday SGS International Armoy Road Races.
The 27-year-old Ballymoney ace won the Open race from Derek Sheils, before taking the feature Race of Legends for the sixth consecutive season, setting him up perfectly for the upcoming MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Pirx
His brother William again showed his class in the middleweight division, taking a weekend double in the Supersport races aboard his IC Racing Yamaha R6, which also puts him in a great place prior to the final international of the season at Dundrod on August 13.
The day got underway with the Junior Support race and was duly won by James Chawke, with the second race on the programme - the Molly's Bar Moto3/125GP class - won convincingly by Christian Elkin.
Elkin's victory aboard the Bob Wyle Moto3 Honda was just over eight seconds, with Sam Wilson second on the Joey's Bar MCC 125cc Honda and Magherafelt's Paul Jordan third.
Gary Dunlop was eighth on his Armoy debut aboard his cousin William Dunlop's Honda.
After Friday night's non championship Supersport race win, which he took for the third year in succession, William Dunlop went on to take the aforementioned feature Supersport race win, which was backed by Portballintrae's Bayview Hotel.
Michael Dunlop's Torquetronix Superbike race victory over Derek Sheils and William Dunlop was enough to tee him up for yet another grand final victory and, despite the opposition at the upcoming MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix set to offer up a sterner test, it would take a brave man to bet against Dunlop at Dundrod.
His victory margin was almost five seconds and his fastest lap of the race, which he set on the second of six, was over a second faster than the effort of second placed man Sheils on the Cookstown B.E Racing Suzuki. William Dunlop was third in the feature Superbike race, just over two seconds down on Sheils, with McGee, Kneen and Sweeney filling out the top six.
The McClafferty Haulage Supertwin race was the closest affair of the day, with James Cowton on the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki taking the win from Michael Sweeney (Kiely Heating Kawasaki) and Elkin (Dyno Centre NI Kawasaki), while Brad Vicars and Oisin Watson were the support class victors.
Results: Junior Support: Winner - James Chawke; 2nd - Brad Vicars +2.443sec; 3rd - Philip Crosbie +25.380; Veronika Hankocyova +28.893sec; Andrew McMullan +51.524; Ian Simpson +78.128sec
Moto3/125GP: Winner - Christian Elkin; 2nd - Sam Wilson +8.186sec; 3rd - Paul Jordan +18.362sec; 4th - Adam McLean +20.985sec; 5th - Neil Kernohan +37.889sec; 6th - Justin Waring +39.897sec
Supersport Race: Winner - William Dunlop; 2nd - Derek Sheils +7.467sec; 3rd - Michael Sweeney +18.699; 4th - Paul Jordan +18.749sec; 5th - Christian Elkin +19.489sec; 6th - Andy Farrell +33.719sec
Superbike Race: Winner - Michael Dunlop; 2nd - Derek Sheils +1.655sec; 3rd - William Dunlop +1.797sec 4th - Dan Kneen +12.760sec; 5th - Derek McGee +20.998sec; 6th - Michael Sweeney +28.473sec
250GP/Lightweight 400/450: [250cc] Winner - Neil Kernohan; 2nd - Davy Morgan +18.618sec; 3rd - Paul Robinson +56.694sec
[400cc]: Winner - Michal Dokoupil; 2nd - Daryyl Tweed +0.242sec; 3rd - David Howard +36.034sec
Supertwins: Winner - James Cowton; 2nd - Michael Sweeney +0.091sec; 3rd - Christian Elkin +0.161sec; 4th - Paul Jordan +1.561sec; 5th - Adam McLean +2.076sec; 6th - Derek Sheils +3.122sec
Race of Legends: Winner - Michael Dunlop; 2nd - Derek Sheils +4.541sec; 3rd - William Dunlop +6.479sec; 4th - Derek McGee +8.474sec; 5th - Dan Kneen +22.868sec; 6th - Michael Sweeney +30.235sec