Belfast Telegraph

Guy scores a superb double top ahead of Ulster Grand Prix showdown

By Roy Harris

Conditions improved dramatically at Dundrod for qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix and boy did the riders take advantage, despite the five sessions being punctuated by red flags.

In the Superbike class current lap record holder Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson traded fastest lap after fastest lap, but it was the Tyco BMW of Martin with a final lap of 132.235mph that edged Anstey (132.059) by a quarter of a second with Hutchy (131.969) in third after a blistering session that had to be red flagged half way through when newcomer Forest Dunn crashed at Flow Bog sustaining serious leg injuries.

Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston and William Dunlop complete the leader-board, while Michael Dunlop was seventh fastest at 130.759mph. 

Martin made it a double by topping the Superstock time sheets with a lap of 129.510mph closely followed by Keith Amor, William Dunlop, Hutchinson, Johnston and Michael Dunlop — a second covering the top six.

Martin waited until the final five minutes to record the fastest time, which was red flagged in the closing moments when Alan Bonner crashed out at the high speed Dawson’s Bend and was transferred to hospital for X-rays.

ECC/Burdens rider Johnston, with five UGP podiums to his credit, starts from pole in the Supersport races on his Triumph with a top speed of 127.377mph.

Christian Elkin was lucky to walk away unscathed when his 650cc Kawasaki appeared to seize in front of the Joey Dunlop Grandstand with bike and rider sliding over 150 yards down the road and eventually into safety bales during the Supertwin qualifying.

Glen Irwin set the fastest speed of 117.994mph on his last lap to claim pole position just over half a second clear of Ivan Lintin (117.653mph).  

Sam Wilson with a lap of 115.303mph on Joey’s Bar 250cc Honda was the fastest of the Lightweight machines while Elkin took his Moto3 Wylie Honda to pole position for the Ultra Lightweight race.

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