RR » 9 August 2009
Duke Road Race Rankings Round 19
Billed as The Race of Legends, the Dungannon Flyer notched up another three national victories
Ryan Farquhar's amazing season continued at the first running of the Armoy National Road Races.
Billed as The Race of Legends, the Dungannon Flyer notched up another three national victories taking his total for the 2009 season on Irish roads to 117, two short of the record set by the late great Joey Dunlop OBE, MBE.
Ryan's first win of the day came in the Supersport class where he headed home the Dunlop brothers, William & Michael.. He followed that with a five second advantage in the Open Superbike race over Guy Martin with Michael Dunlop finishing third.
His final victory of the meeting came in the SuperTwins race with an 18 second win over John Burrows, with Darren Gilpin filling the final podium spot.
Michael Dunlop also scored a double in the Ultra - Lightweight and Lightweight classes, heading home Nigel Moore and Wayne Kennedy in the 125cc category and pipping his elder brother William to the post by 0.074 of a second in the quarter-litre race, as Guy Martin took third in a rare outing in the 250cc class.
Guy's third place in that race and a second in the Superbike race along with a fourth in the Supersport moves him up one position in the Duke Rankings to eighth.
This is the only change in the top 16 after nineteen of the twenty-four rounds, after is has been confirmed that the final round at the Boyne 100 will not now take place.
As a result the Rankings finale will once again take place at the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup International at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, where the 2009 Series commenced back in April.
The next two rounds take place at the same venue, the famous Dundrod Course on the outskirts of Belfast, with firstly the Dundrod 150 National Road Races on Thursday 13th August, followed two days later by the International Ulster Grand Prix, which brings down the curtain on road racing in Northern Ireland for 2009.
The final three rounds are the Manx Grand Prix, Killalane National Road Races and the Gold Cup meeting at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, where the cream of the road race fraternity will be battling it out for the coveted Steve Henshaw Gold Cup over the weekend of 19th & 20th September.
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