RR » 02 August 2009
Duke Road Race Rankings Round 18
In damp and slippery conditions the KMR Kawasaki rider opened his account with a six second advantage in the Superbike race.
Round 18 of the Duke Road Race Rankings provided once again the opportunity for current champion and leader of the 2009 series, Ryan Farquhar to once again demonstrate his dominance of National road races this year, as he claimed a further four victories at the Mid Antrim 150, for the fifth consecutive meeting.
In damp and slippery conditions the KMR Kawasaki rider opened his account with a six second advantage in the Superbike race, over Michael Dunlop, who would prove to be his main opposition of the day, with Adrian Archibald third.
The Dungannon man's next success came in the Supersport race, after a restart, caused by Michael Dunlop coming off his machine at the start-finish loop, thankfully without injury. Second this time was William Dunlop, who set the fastest lap of the race, with Archibald taking his second podium place of the day.
Farquhar's stranglehold on the Super Twins class brought him his third victory of the meeting, including a new lap record, whilst the Clough Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club Grand Final completed his four wins. Once again Michael Dunlop pursued him throughout the six lap race, as Archibald took his third podium of the meeting.
Despite Michael Dunlop's get-off in the Supersport race, he was out in the next event the 125cc race taking the chequered flag ahead of Nigel Moore and Wayne Kennedy.
Brother William scooped the 250 Junior honours after a race long chase to catch and overhaul Barry Davidson, who had led from the flag until the all important waving of the chequered flag.
The only movement in the top ten is Barry Davidson climbing four places from twelfth to eighth.
There are now 103 competitors who have scored 100 points or more in the Duke Rankings so far this Season, six rounds still to run.
Round 19, the Armoy National Road Races, the first new venue in Northern Ireland for fifty years takes place on Friday and Saturday 7th & 8th August and has attracted 300 entries from 117 riders and carries a prize fund of £15,000.
This is followed by the only mid-week national event in Northern Ireland, the Dundrod 150 on Thursday 13th August on the world famous Dundrod course, home of the Ulster Grand Prix, which brings the August events to a close on Saturday 15th.
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