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Hickman hat-trick as Anstey and Harrison share Superbike titles at Ulster GP

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017:Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) celebrates winning the 1st Supersport race at today's Ulster Grand Prix with runner up Bruce Anstey and third placed Lee Johnston (both Padgetts Honda).
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017:Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) celebrates winning the 1st Supersport race at today's Ulster Grand Prix with runner up Bruce Anstey and third placed Lee Johnston (both Padgetts Honda). PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) celebrates winning the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix, his 13th victory at Dundrod. Peter Hickman (Smith's BMW) was second and Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki), third. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) celebrates winning the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix, his 13th victory at Dundrod. Peter Hickman (Smith's BMW) was second and Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki), third. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) celebrates winning the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix, his 13th victory at Dundrod. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) celebrates winning the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix, his 13th victory at Dundrod. Peter Hickman (Smith's BMW) was second and Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki), third. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) celebrates winning the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix, his 13th victory at Dundrod. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Another win for Hickman on his Trooper Beer Triumph ahead of Padgetts trio Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Opening Superstock action with Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW), Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) and Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Michael Dunlop (Bennett's Suzuki) and Derek Sheils (Burrows Suzuki) exit Quarry in the feature superbike race at today's Ulster Grand Prix. a). PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Peter Hickman leads Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston in the opening laps of the UGP Supersport 2 race
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Hot action in the final Superbike race at the UGP between Harrison, Cummins, Kneen and Dunlop
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Davy Morgan on his way to victory in the UGP Lightweight Race
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Final UGP Superbike top 4. Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) takes the win from Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW), Conor Cummins (Padgetts Honda) and Michael Dunlop (Bennetts Suzuki)
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Michael Dunlop in action on his Bennetts Suzuki during the final Superbike race
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Ivan Linton on his way to victory in the Supertwin race on his Dafabet Devitt RC Express Kawasaki
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017:Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) celebrates winning the 1st Supersport race at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Ivan Linton passes the crowds on his way to victory in the Supertwin race on his Dafabet Devitt RC Express Kawasaki
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Ultralightweight action with winner Paul Robinson (18), Christian Elkin (18) and Joey Thompson (74)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017:Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) celebrates winning the 1st Supersport race at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Paul Robinson (CB Racing Honda), pictured with his son Max, was the winner of the Ultra Lightweight 125cc race at today's Ulster Grand Prix with Christian Elkin (Wylie Honda) second and Joey Thompson (Honda) third. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - What a race. Bruce Anstey leads Peter Hickman and new outright lap record holder Dean Harrison on the final lap of an enthralling UGP Superbike race
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) leads from Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) and third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Battle for third position between Dean Harrison (9), Conor Cumimins (10) and Dan Kneen (14)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) leads from Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) and third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press: UGP Superbike - Bruce Anstey leads Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison and Dan Kneen
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Supersport Race Michael Dunlop (600 Suzuki) during today's UGP Supersport Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Supersport Race Jamie Coward (600 BMW) and Derek McGee (600 Yamaha) during today's UGP Supersport Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Supersport Race Bruce Anstey (600 Honda) ahead of Peter Hickman (675 Triumph ) during today's UGP Supersport Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Supersport Race Adam McLean (600 Kawasaki) Paul Jordan (600 Kawasaki) during today's UGP Supersport Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Supersport Race Bruce Anstey (600 Honda) ahead of Peter Hickman (675 Triumph ) during today's UGP Supersport Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Superstock race third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) celebrates at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) celebrates with runner up Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) and third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) celebrates at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Superstock race winner Peter Hickman ( Smith's BMW) celebrates with runner up Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) and third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Michael Sweeney (1000 BMW) and Alistair Kirk (1000 BMW) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Opening Superstock action with Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW), Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) and Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW)
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Bruce Anstey leads the Supersport pack at the UGP
11/08/17 Rod Neill Pacemaker Press - Peter Hickman on his way to victory in the UGP Superstock race on his Smiths Racing BMW
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Dean Harrison (1000 Kawasaki) and Dan Kneen (1000 BMW) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Dean Harrison (1000 Kawasaki) and Dan Kneen (1000 BMW) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Peter Hickman (1000 BMW) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Dr Fred MacSorley, the Flying Doctor who has worked as a medic at Irish bike races for 30 years, retired at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Dr Fred MacSorley, the Flying Doctor who has worked as a medic at Irish bike races for 30 years, retired at today's Ulster Grand Prix. He took part in a tribute lap with his wife as pillion. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Dr Fred MacSorley, the Flying Doctor who has worked as a medic at Irish bike races for 30 years, got a hug from his son Alastair, a paramedic with the medical team as he retired at today's Ulster Grand Prix. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/8/2017: Dr Fred MacSorley, retired as the Flying Doctor' from his role with the MCUI Medical team at today's Ulster Grand Prix. Racers joined the respected medic for a tribute lap of the Dundrod circuit before racing began. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Ivan Lintin (1000 Kawasaki ) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Ivan Lintin (1000 Kawasaki ) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PMAKER 12-8-17 Ulster Grand Prix - UGP Superstock Race Ivan Lintin (1000 Kawasaki ) during today's UGP Superstock Race for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Dean Harrison clinched victory in the closing Superbike race as Peter Hickman grabbed a hat-trick at the Ulster Grand Prix.

It was Harrison's first ever Ulster GP win, coming through a dramatic last lap battle with Dan Kneen and Conor Cummins.

Hickman sealed a hat-trick, thanks to his win in the day's second Supersport race. He had also come out top in both the first Superstock and Supersport races but was beaten into second by Bruce Anstey in the first Superbike race by just 0.20 seconds.

He certainly got his own back in the second Supersport race, pipping Anstey by 0.30 seconds.

In the opening Superstock race and on his Smith's BMW, 30 year-old Hickman came in ahead of Dean Harrison in second and Dan Kneen in third.

"It's great to get the win after what happened last year," a delighted Hickman told BBC.

"I got a good start and got away. I wanted to be out front and to be able to pick my lines because there are a few wet patches about and it is a little bit tricky in places."

And he got straight back into the action to deny Bruce Anstey after a thrilling battle in the first Supersport race. The duo swapped places throughout the race, including on the final lap but Hickman wasn't to be denied. Lee Johnston passed Dean Harrison on the last lap to take third.

In the second Supersport race, Anstey came in second, with Johnston again completing the podium.

There were two local winners as Saintfield's Davy Morgan and Ballymoney racer Paul Robinson won the lightweight/ultralightweight classes respectively.

Ivan Lintin won the Supertwins race by 0.02 seconds from Dan Cooper.

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