19 August 2010
Keith Amor takes victory at Ulster Gran Prix
“Wow” – the simple summary of Keith Amor after he secured only his second International road race victory and battled for victory in every class he contested at the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix.
Keith Amor is celebrating another International road race win, but admits he is disappointed not to have taken more victories after battling at the front of the field in every one of his races at the Ulster GP.
His Ulster Grand Prix Bikeweek got off to the best of starts with a memorable Superbike win in Thursday's Dundrod 150. Two days later the Scottish star was back at the front of the field in the Ulster GP, taking a win, his first at the Ulster and only his second International road race victory, and finishing on the podium in every other race he contested.
“Wow, what a day! The racing was nothing short of awesome and after winning the Dundrod 150, I was really 'up' for the Ulster GP races.”
“Overall, it was an enjoyable day's racing and whilst I naturally would have liked to have taken one or two more wins I'm sure it must have been fantastic for the spectators. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the team who's helped me this weekend especially all the boys at Dunlop, Charles Hurst BMW (Belfast), Dyce Carriers of Aberdeen, Boyce Precision Engineering and SBS brake pads.”
The Dundrod 150 Superike race saw Amor tussling with Ian Hutchinson until, on lap three, Hutchy's Honda retired, allowing Amor to take a 4.75 second win on his Superstock BMW, and the fastest lap of the race.
On Saturday, Amor led the first four laps of the Supersotkc race only for Hutchinson to take over a lap later. The pair were more than eight seconds clear of the rest of the pack and when Amor re-took the lead on the penultimate lap it was all set for a thrilling finale – until the red flag came out and the result was declared based on the order at the end of the previous lap, putting Amor second to Hutchy.
The first Supersport 600cc race saw Amor and Hutchy joined by Michael Dunlop at the front, and again Amor led the first four laps before Hutchinson pushed him back to second. He ended the race just 0.176s adrift on the Kojak Racing Honda.
Next up was the feature Superbike race where the same pattern emerged. Lapping at more than 133mph, Amor led early on once more before being pushed back to second by nemesis Hutchinson and at the chequered flag the Suzuki of Bruce Anstey had relegated him to third, with the top three split by just 0.422s at the end of the six laps. Amor later explained he lost out on the runner-up spot after they encountered backmarkers.
The second Supersport race saw a four-way battle between Amor, Hutchinson and the Dunlop brother Michael and William, with positions changing throughout. The race was held in two 3-lap legs due to an incident and, lying second after the first 3 laps, Amor had to get the better of Hutchinson by half a second to take the win on aggregate.
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