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Ulster GP: Johnston clinches Superstock thriller

Lee Johnston shatters the Superstock lap record to seal his maiden Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix victory after a thrilling last lap showdown with Peter Hickman at Dundrod.
Lee Johnston clinched his maiden Ulster Grand Prix victory in a pulsating Superstock race at Dundrod.

Johnston and Louth's Peter Hickman battled it out at the front in a gripping race that went down to the wire, with the East Coast/Burdens BMW rider getting the verdict by only 0.090s as he shattered the lap record with a speed of 132.793mph in brilliant sunshine.

It was a continuation of Johnston's red-hot form in the Superstock class this year after the 26-year-old also took the spoils at the North West 200 and finished a terrific third behind Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop at the Isle of Man TT.

Dunlop looked set to threaten for the lead after reeling in the two leaders, but the Ballymoney man dropped back in the final stages and had to settle for a safe third in the end, 6.6 seconds behind.

Hickman was so close to his maiden international win and his stunning performance on the Briggs Equipment BMW in only his second appearance at the event further underlines his prospects for the future.

In the absence of Guy Martin, Tyco BMW's William Dunlop finished a lonely fourth ahead of Scottish competitor Keith Amor (Rig Deluge BMW), with Aussie David Johnson completing the top six on the Ice Valley BMW.

Manx rider Dan Kneen was seventh on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda ahead of Mar-Train Yamaha's Dean Harrison, while Russ Mountford (Kawasaki) and Bruce Anstey (Valvoline Padgetts Honda) rounded out the top ten.

Bingley's Ian Hutchinson had been running in the top four in the first half of the race but the PBM Kawasaki rider was a retirement.

Ivan Lintin came off the RC Express Kawasaki while lying fifth and was taken to hospital as a precaution, but is not understood to have sustained serious injuries.

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August 08, 2015 11:34 AM

Well done Lee, Congrats!! Didn't see the race but is sounded awesome! Peter Hickman is coming! Only second appearance, that's unreal, well done. When he tastes a victory, it will be hard to beat him.

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