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English raider Blakeman takes honours in thrilling Nutts Corner Supermoto battles

By Roy Harris

The action was close, fast and furious at Nutts Corner yesterday where the opening round of the new Supermoto NI Winter championship produced overall SM 1 victory for current British D2c and Michelin champion Richard Blakeman ahead of Lisburn's David McKee and British Superstock 1000cc champion Keith Farmer.

Farmer, returning to his roots, and Blakeman went at it hammer and tongs in race one over 10 laps with the English visitor getting his nose in front on lap three only for Farmer to retake the lead a lap later and although the pair were never more than half a second apart, the Clogher rider held on to win by a 10th of a second on a sunny November afternoon.

McKee came through from fifth on lap one to third on lap three passing Farmer's brother David and British D2e Clubman Supermoto champion Andrew Kitching, who eventually finished fourth and sixth respectively with D1a Michelin championship runner-up Jamie Duncan coming through to finish fifth.

In race two, Keith Farmer was forced to come through from 10th position on lap two after a slip up while Blakeman took the race lead on lap three of 10 from McKee, never to be challenged as he came home four and a half seconds clear of the Lisburn man.

Duncan moved into third at half distance, relegating Phillip Wylie to fourth, nine seconds clear of Farmer, who set the fastest lap of the day on his penultimate lap as he forced his way back through the field.

Donegal British Supersport rider Richard Kerr came home an excellent sixth ahead of Chris Lewers.

In the Quad class, veteran Justin Reid came out overall winner after three races. The Comber rider, a multi champion in quad and Quadcross competition, finished second behind Colin Forsythe in race one going on to win races two and three from his main rival while Diane Hillis came home third in all three races.

In Solo Production, John Reid with a first and second was overall winner from Scott Browne and ex-Manx GP double winner Andrew Brady in third while Eoin Smith was a double winner in SM2. Bailey Carey was second in race one and Eddie Hampton runner-up in race two.

A first and second secured Kyle Cross overall success in the Pit Bike class. Jonny Campbell, who won race one, was a non-finisher in his second outing.

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