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Hamilton progress earns Farquhar praise

'He rode fantastically well in all of his races, getting some great results and increasing his lap speeds' - Ryan Farquhar
Vauxhall MR Kawasaki team boss Ryan Farquhar has hailed the progress of young prospect Jamie Hamilton at the Isle of Man TT.

Farquhar retired from road racing last year to concentrate on running his own team following the death of his uncle in an accident at the Manx Grand Prix.

Ulster rider Hamilton was the top newcomer at the TT in 2012 and improved to secure his best ever result on the Mountain Course with fifth place in the Lightweight race this year.

The 22-year-old also finished in 12th position in both Supersport races on the ZX-6R and set his fastest ever TT lap at 123.986mph on his way to 16th place in the Superbike race.

Manx rider Conor Cummins finished on the rostrum in third place on one of Farquhar's machines in the Lightweight race with Michael Rutter taking sixth.

Waterford's Brian McCormack also rode for Farquhar's team, finishing 19th and 16th in the Superbike and Senior races with a best lap of 123.689mph and gaining another bronze replica with 17th in the Superstock race.

McCormack slid off at Laurel Bank during practice but luckily escaped unhurt.

Farquhar said: “It's been a good fortnight for the team and I'm really pleased with all of the lads' efforts and results, especially Jamie in his second year at the TT.

“He rode fantastically well in all of his races, getting some great results and increasing his lap speeds and if it wasn't for a couple of wee problems in the Superstock and Senior races it could have been better still.

“Brian had a small spill in practice but he bounced back well and with three top 20 finishes, three bronze replicas and a new personal best lap, it was a strong week for him and one he should be pleased with.”

James Hillier won the Lightweight race on a Kawasaki ER6 and Farquhar was full of praise for the exciting Bournemouth rider plus Dean Harrison and Ivan Lintin, who filled the top three positions.

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