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Killalane Road Races: Hamilton survives 150mph smash to seal title

'Jamie showed great character and resolve after the spill, which he was very lucky to walk away from' - Ryan Farquhar
Jamie Hamilton walked away unscathed from a terrifying 150mph crash to claim the Irish Supersport title at the Killalane road races on Sunday.

It was the rising young roads prospect's second championship success in 2013, with Hamilton also securing the Supertwin 650 crown for Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki team prior to the final Irish national roads meeting of the season.

A battered and bruised Hamilton took his place on the grid for the Supersport race following his frighteningly-fast spill in the Open race and battled to fifth position to secure the championship.

He ploughed into the rear of Dublin competitor Derek Sheils in the Open race but incredibly escaped with superficial injuries, although Farquhar's Kawasaki Superbike was wrecked in the incident.

Farquhar said: “To end the season with two Irish road race championships for Jamie… is an excellent achievement.

“Jamie showed great character and resolve after the spill, which he was very lucky to walk away from, and got the job done in the Supersport class to add to his Supertwins success.

“He was in a fair bit of pain but got the fifth place he needed before wisely sitting out the rest of the day.”

Michael Dunlop claimed a treble, winning the Open and Grand Final Superbike races on his MD Racing Honda. The seven-time Isle of Man TT winner also entered the Senior Classic event and claimed a comfortable win.

Guy Martin, making a one-off appearance on the ex-Martin Finnegan Matchless owned by Tony Carton, finished in fourth position.

William Dunlop narrowly held on to win the Supersport race from brother Michael on the CD Racing Yamaha as the pair fought out a thrilling duel.



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