Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Jon Jessop Posted: 10 Aug 2015
This weekend’s Ulster Grand Prix wasn’t short of drama. Guy Martin had dominated qualifying for the 1000cc classes but after his big off in Thursday’s Dundrod 150 race everything was thrown wide open.
Add in a bit of dodgy weather and the Dundrod circuit became the place for young, up and coming riders to shine with both debut podiums and victories.
After Martin’s crash on Thursday, Bruce Anstey went on to win the Dundrod 150 ahead of Conor Cummins and first time podium man Peter Hickman.
With Martin out, Anstey went on to take victory in the first superbike race but Comeback King Ian Hutchinson gave him a tough run for his money. Lee Johnston finished third in what would be an extremely successful day for the pint-sized Ulsterman.
Johnston would go on to take a hat-trick of victories, winning both Supersport outings and the stock race.
The East Coast Racing BMW man was almost pipped at the line by Hickman, who would be forced to wait to take his debut victory after finishing just 0.090 seconds behind Johnston. Michael Dunlop completed an all-BMW podium in third.
The first Supersport race was a close affair, with Johnston taking victory by just 0.039 from William Dunlop on the CD-IC Yamaha R6. 2015 road racing rookie Glenn Irwin completed the podium for Gearlink Kawasaki.
Johnston built himself more of a gap in the second 600 race to cross the line ahead of Ian Hutchinson, but a red flag meant the result was put back a lap moving Irwin into second ahead of the Team Traction Control Yamaha.
The rain came down ahead of the second Superbike race, leading to several riders sitting out of the race including race one victor Bruce Anstey.
Taking stock of the conditions, Peter Hickman rode a strong race on the Briggs Equipment BMW to take victory ahead of Conor Cummins by 0.028 seconds. Michael Dunlop took third.
Dundrod 150 Superbike