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Ulster GP: Johnston in terrific treble at Dundrod

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston has secured a magnificent hat-trick at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix after winning the second Supersport race, which was red-flagged on lap five.
Lee Johnston notched a terrific treble at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix after chalking up a Supersport double.

The Fermanagh rider had earlier won the Superstock and first Supersport races to secure his first ever victories at the event and made it a dream hat-trick in the second Supersport race on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph.

Johnston was declared the winner when the race result was taken at the end of three laps when the race was red-flagged on lap five due to an incident.

Rain was also beginning to fall at certain sections of the 7.4-mile course but it failed to dampen Johnston's spirits as the 26-year-old clinched the win by 0.4 seconds from the hard-riding Glenn Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki, who followed up his third place finish in race one with another superb podium.

Ian Hutchinson finished third on the Team Traction Control Yamaha, 0.547 seconds behind Johnston, with Mar-Train Yamaha's Dean Harrison taking fourth.

William Dunlop on the Chris Dowd/Ivan Curran Yamaha was fifth while sixth went to Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda.

Ulsterman Irwin had been leading the race when the red flags came out but had been gesturing to the organisers as the rain began to fall.

A host of riders were in with a chance of the victory, with Irwin, Johnston, Anstey, Hutchinson, Harrison and Dunlop all in contention.

Irwin, who was riding a Supersport machine at Dundrod for the first time, led on lap one but the lead changed several times, with Dunlop and Johnston also appearing at the front.

Hutchinson began to make up ground on the third lap as he closed on Johnston and Irwin, with Harrison in fourth as the leading quartet began to drop Dunlop, Peter Hickman on the Trooper MV Agusta and Anstey.

As spots of rain began to fall, Dunlop clawed his way through to second place while Johnston, Hutchinson and Harrison began to slacken the pace little.

On lap five, the race was brought to a halt with Johnston taking the win on the count back to wrap up a memorable treble.

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