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Ulster GP results: Conor Cummins powers ahead to end his nine-year wait for Dundrod victory


Main man: Conor Cummins races to victory during the Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix
Main man: Conor Cummins races to victory during the Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix
Local heroes: Tobermore's Adam McLean is congratulated by runner-up Christian Elkin and third-placed Ian Lougher after his Supertwins success
Neil Kernohan from Galgorm celebrates winning the Lightweight race

By Roy Harris

With a blanket covering leaders Dean Harrison, Adam McLean and Conor Cummins on the second lap of the opening Supersport race at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix last night, red flags called a halt to proceedings as a heavy rain shower hit the start/finish area.

The weather was doing its best to wipe out the opening day of race action, but in the six-lap restart, Manxman Cummins on his Padgetts Honda pulled off a superb win - his first at Dundrod in nine years.

Of course, Cummins has been to hell and back following his huge Senior TT accident in 2010 in which he sustained multiple fractures.

In second position after a magnificent ride was McLean on the McAdoo Kawasaki, some six seconds behind Cummins, with pre-race favourite Harrison five and a half seconds behind McLean in third.

When the lights went out on the six-lap restart, Cummins was away like a scalded cat.

He had a half-second advantage at the end of lap one from McLean, Davey Todd, Harrison, Peter Hickman and Lee Johnston.

Johnston was out at the end of lap two as the first four pulled clear of the off-colour Hickman.

It took Harrison three laps to overcome Todd to take third position, but by then he was a full six seconds behind McLean up ahead of him.

With the fastest lap of the race of 122.291mph on lap four, Cummins stretched his lead to four and a half seconds as McLean consolidated second with Harrison pulling clear of Todd.

In the end it was another Padgetts Honda taking victory around Dundrod and a real feather in Cummins' cap after everything the tall Ramsey resident has been through.

Elsewhere, Tobermore rider McLean - on his Roy Hanna Motors Kawasaki - led the five-lap Supertwins race from start to finish to claim his first Ulster Grand Prix victory.

He set the fastest lap of 113.465mph on his fourth lap.

The 22-year old McLean finished 5.716 seconds clear of Christian Elkin, who had 32.668 seconds to spare over veteran Ian Lougher, back from his retirement, on the Paton for his first podium for five years.

Lougher managed to pip Michael Sweeney to the chequered flag by a machine's length with Davey Todd giving the Kramer 690 Mono machine a great result in fifth, 0.082 seconds behind the Skerries rider.

In the five-lap Ultra-Lightweight/Lightweight race, Neil Kernohan from Galgorm was the comfortable winner of the Lightweight class riding Bobby Logan's 250cc Honda.

He managed to finish some eight seconds clear of Shaun Anderson on the CB 250cc Honda, while the first 400cc machine home was the M&D Kawasaki of Ballymoney's Darryl Tweed in third position.

In the small class, meanwhile, Elkin won on his Bob Wylie Moto3 Honda by over half a minute from Czech Republic rider Michal Dokoupil, who was also Moto3-mounted.

Paul Robinson had battled with Elkin in the early laps of the race - indeed, he actually led for a while on the second lap - before he disappeared off the leaderboard.

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