Ryan Farquhar was 'over the moon' after claiming victory in the Solo Championship at last week's Southern 100, but has revealed that the win was very nearly lost – thanks to a holed radiator.
The Dungannon star claimed the championship honours around the 4.25-mile Billown circuit for the first time since 2003 at the end of a dramatic two-leg race. The KMR Kawasaki rider has now revealed exactly how dramatic the race was for him.
Farquhar built up a 3 second lead during the first four laps of the feature race, but the race was halted on lap five when Michael Dunlop – one of Farquhar's rivals for victory – crashed. He wasn't injured, but was taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up.
While an unfortunate incident for Dunlop, the red flag proved to be good news for Farquhar – as he pulled of following the race being stopped, he discovered a hole in the radiator. If the race hadn't been halted there was no way his Kawasaki would have lasted the distance.
However, the help of a fellow racer – Mark Buckley – meant the 2009 duke Road Race Rankings champion was able to take the re-start and go on to win ahead of TAS Suzuki's Cameron Donald. It was his fourth victory of the 2010 Southern 100, where he also scored two thirds and a fourth.
“I'm well pleased with the results here at the Southern 100 and to win the main Championship race again is brilliant and I'm over the moon to get my name back on the trophy. Since I last won it in 2003, I seem to have always finished 2nd or 3rd but everything went my way this year.”
“I wasn't sure if I'd be able to stay with the Superbikes, but I got a good start and although they were quicker than me, they were holding me up in the corners so I made my way to the front and pulled away. When the red flag came out, I noticed there was a hole in the radiator and I thought that was me finished, but I got talking to Mark Buckley who lent me his spare one and with the re-start taking place after the Sidecar race I had enough time to get it repaired.”
“I knew I had a bit of an advantage over Cameron and could have just sat behind him, but I didn't want to win the race like that and so got to the front and was able to take a really satisfying win – like I say, a big thank you to Mark for his generosity.”
“It's been a really good week so a big thank you to everyone in the team for all their hard work and again to all my sponsors for their continued support.”