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Feature race at Mid Antrim 150 ends in final lap drama

5 August 2013

Up and coming road racing prospect Jamie Hamilton is confident he 'did nothing wrong' after a dramatic final lap clash with Dublin rider Derek Sheils at the Mid-Antrim 150 meeting in Northern Ireland.

The pair were contesting the lead of the feature race at the event when a collision occurred, sending both men sprawling at over 100mph.

Each escaped serious injury, but debate raged afterwards over who was to blame for the accident.

Hamilton, who competes for Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki team, said: “I don't feel that I did anything wrong and apart from the crash it was the perfect day for me, winning my first Supersport race and setting a new lap record in the Supertwin race.

“It's all ifs, buts and maybes. People will have different views on what happened but as far as I'm concerned I was leading when we came across two backmarkers.

“I passed the first one and there was a gap to pass the second one. When I was heading for that gap I got hit from behind," he told the Belfast News Letter.

“Derek [Sheils] maybe feels that I came across the line on him but I don't feel that I did anything wrong.”

The race was red-flagged, with Irish rider Michael Sweeney declared the winner from Davy Morgan.

Hamilton had earlier won his first Supersport race on the roads on the Kawasaki ZX-6R and secured a double with victory in the Supertwin race as he prepares for the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod this month.

Sheils took the win in the first Superbike race on the CD Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R and set a new outright lap record for the 3.6-mile Clough circuit at 111.207mph in the feature race before the incident with Hamilton.

Michael and William Dunlop did not compete at the event as the pair focus solely on the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod.