Double for Anstey at weather interrupted Ulster Grand Prix

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 18 Aug 2014

Anstey chased Martin down in the first Superbike race

New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey bagged a double victory at the 2014 Ulster Grand Prix this weekend taking the spoils in both the first Superbike and Supersport outings, increasing his overall win tally at the Dundrod circuit to ten victories.

Pace in the Superbike class was dictated by Anstey and Tyco Suzuki rival Guy Martin all week and the racing opened with Martin taking victory in the Dundrod 150 Superbike outing on Thursday night, beating Anstey by just 0.242 sec after a last lap challenge. Michael Dunlop rounded out the podium on Thursday evening’s proceedings.

With dark clouds looming over the 7.4 mile Dundrod circuit for the main race day, a damp Superstock race opened the day’s proceedings with Manxman Dan Kneen taking his debut international road racing victory finishing a record 0.107 ahead of Yorkshireman Dean Harrison and Kiwi Bruce Anstey.

Shortly after getting underway, the first Supersport race was red flagged after Kneen, Harrison and Keith Amor all crashed out of the race. The trio were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries later confirmed to be numerous fractures.

Upon the restart, Anstey took an early lead on the Valvoline Padgetts Racing CBR600RR before being taken by Tyco Suzuki’s William Dunlop at mid-race distance. However, victory wasn’t meant to be for the Ulsterman whose GSXR600 blew up on the final lap leaving Anstey to cross the line to take his first victory of the day ahead of Lee Johnston and Guy Martin.

Martin took the lead early in the first Superbike race

The first Superbike race turned into a corker with Guy Martin taking the lead in the early stages with just two covering the Lincolnshireman and pursuing rivals Bruce Anstey, Lee Johnston. Anstey took the lead from Martin on the sixth lap but lost out to the Tyco Suzuki man and Lee Johnston shortly afterwards due to a mistake. Recovering nicely, Anstey re-took the lead half way round the final lap to cross the line almost three tenths ahead of Martin with Johnston dropping off in the closing stages.

The second Supersport race got underway in dubious conditions before being red flagged following Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson, Steve Mercer and Michael Sweeney crashing at high speed at Deers Leap. Following lengthy delays and worsening weather, the re-run was eventually abandoned as was the running of the second superbike outing.

Ivan Lintin took victory in the day’s Supertwins race with James Cowton winning the Lightweight on his Yamaha 250 while Daley Mathison took the spoils in the Ultra Lightweight class.

Dundrod 150 Superbike

1)      G. MARTIN – Tyco Suzuki

2)      B. ANSTEY – Valvoline Racing by Padgetts

3)      M. DUNLOP – BMW Motorrad

4)      D. HARRISON – RC Express Racing Kawasaki

5)      L. JOHNSTON – ECC Pirtek Honda

6)      W. DUNLOP – Tyco Suzuki

7)      P. HICKMAN – Ice Valley BMW

8)      S. MERCER – Team Traction Ctrl Suzuki

9)      I. HUTCHINSON – Milwaukee Yamaha

10)   D. KNEEN – Marks Bloom Racing Suzuki

Superstock Result

1)      D. KNEEN – Marks Bloom Racing Suzuki

2)      D. HARRISON – RC Express Racing Kawasaki

3)      B. ANSTEY – Valvoline Racing by Padgetts

4)      S. THOMPSON – Bathams BMW

5)      P. HICKMAN – Ice Valley BMW

6)      G. MARTIN – Tyco Suzuki

7)      R. BARBER – Block Solutions BMW

8)      R. MOUNTFORD – Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki

9)      I. LINTIN – Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda

10)   S. MERCER – Team Traction Ctrl Suzuki

Supersport Race 1 Result

1)      B. ANSTEY – Valvoline Racing by Padgetts

2)      L. JOHNSTON – ECC Pirtek Honda

3)      G. MARTIN – Tyco Suzuki

4)      I. LINTIN – Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda

5)      J. COWTON – Cowton Racing Honda

6)      R. MOUNTFORD – Silicone Engineering Racing Triumph 675

7)      D. MATHISON – Hol-Taj Team Classic Suzuki

8)      S. MERCER – Team Traction Ctrl Suzuki

9)      M. SWEENEY – Tracblast Yamaha

10)   D. SHEILS – Yamaha

Superbike Race 1 Result

1)      B. ANSTEY – Valvoline Racing by Padgetts

2)      G. MARTIN – Tyco Suzuki

3)      L. JOHNSTON – ECC Pirtek Honda

4)      M. DUNLOP – BMW Motorrad

5)      P. HICKMAN – Ice Valley BMW

6)      D. MATHISON – Hol-Taj Team Classic Suzuki

7)      I. LINTIN – Taylor Lindsey Honda

8)      I. HUTCHINSON – Milwaukee Yamaha

9)      R. BARBER – Block Solutions BMW

10)   R. MOUNTFORD – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

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