Flying Ryan Farquhar dominated the Mid Antrim 150 road races with five victories, including the prestigious Grand Final.
It takes the KMR Kawasaki rider's 2010 win tally to 38, and his wins at the 3.6-mile Clough circuit to 22, comfortably the highest in the 64-year history of the Mid Antrim event. Farquhar also now has the unique distinction of holding five lap records, including the outright.
Saturday's rain left racers contending with a surface that was wet in parts, damp in others and dry elsewhere, making tyre choice constantly tricky. Farquhar opened his account with victory in the Open race where, after leading at one stage by over 12 seconds, he eased back in the closing laps to lead Adrian Archibald home by 6 seconds.
Next up was the Super Twins race, where Farquhar was pressured in the early stages by fellow Dungannon man John Burrows. As the race wore on, the circuit, which had started fully wet, began to dry in places, but Farquhar, despite struggling for grip, was able to edge clear for another comfortable win.
The 600cc race saw a repeat of the Open encounter, only this time Archibald led at the start. After sitting behind for a couple of laps, Farquhar made his move and was able to take his third win of the day.
His penultimate race was the 125/450 race, where the 450s started in their own group. Seamus Elliott led on his 450 Yamaha until the third lap when Ryan found his way through. Elliott pushed Ryan all the way, but pushed too hard and slid off on the final lap, fortunately without injury. Farquhar not only took the 450 win, but was also the fastest rider on corrected time.
The final race of the day was the Grand Final, and with conditions again tricky it was another close race between Farquhar and Archibald. There was little to choose between the two riders as Archibald sat on his rival's the rear wheel, but on the last lap he crashed out at speed, without injury, allowing Farquhar to take an unprecedented fifth win of the day.
“It was really tough conditions out there and very difficult to know what tyres to choose. Some parts of the track were wet, some dry and some were very dirty with mud running on to the course and stuff so it was really slippy out there.”
“Adrian pushed me hard in the Superbike races none more so than in the Grand Final where I just couldn't shake him off.”
“He was there all the way through and it's probably the toughest race I've ever had in those conditions. I've won in the wet before, but have always had a bit of a buffer whereas this time he was on my bike wheel throughout and there was no let up. It was a real shame his race ended in a crash so I'm pleased he's ok.”
“Seamus also pushed me hard in the 450cc race and our bikes were pretty evenly matched so that was another tough race, although I was really chuffed to beat all the 125s on corrected time too.”
“I've taken 22 wins now at the Mid Antrim and it's certainly a circuit that's been kind to me over the years, it's just a shame that today's been spoilt by the weather a bit.”
“We've all got a mad dash now to get all the bikes, truck and the like all cleaned up before Armoy this weekend!”