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Magnificent Conor at Dundrod 150
14 August 2009
McAdoo Racing Kawasaki's Conor Cummins was the star of Dundrod 150 Road Races, round 20 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Series 2009.
The 2007 Rankings Champion stormed to victory in the feature Superbike race, which saw John McGuinness' absolute lap record decimated by the Manx Ace and set on the final lap at an astonishing 133.282mph.
Guy Martin, Hydrex Honda was the first to smash the lap record on the second circuit of six at 132.244mph.
The record fell again on the mid-distance lap at 132.518mph, this time by Ian Hutchinson on the Padgett's Honda.
On the penultimate lap it was Kiwi Bruce Anstey (TAS Suzuki), who once again upped the record to 132.541mph.
The Manxman had the final say as he took the lead at Joey's Windmill on the sixth lap, taking the chequered flag by 0.601 of a second, from Hutchy and Martin, with Ryan Farquhar, Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson completing the top six.
Slovakian rider, Michal Dokoupil scored his maiden Rankings road race victory in the opening Dundrod 150 National Race, setting a new lap record in the process, whilst Ian Lougher took the 125cc honours after William Dunlop went out with machine problems on the penultimate lap. Lougher increasing the lap record by nearly one mile per hour.
The combined Supertwins and 400cc Supersport race, run
concurrently with the 125 race saw Ryan Farquhar obliterate the opposition with a 57 second victory in the Supertwins category, adding three-miles per hour to the lap record in the process, as Joe Phillips claimed the laurel wreath in the smaller class.
The final race of the day, the Dundrod 150 Challenge race was won by Steve Mercer. A great prelude the the penultimate International Road Race of the season, the Ulster Grand Prix.
Conor Cummins moves into 10th position in the rankings after round 20, as Nigel Moore climbs four places to 16th, with Ian Hutchinson being the highest mover, up seven places to 21st.
Round 21, The Ulster Grand Prix takes place on Saturday 15th August, followed by the Manx Grand Prix, 22nd August - 4th September; Killalane Road Races, 13th September and finally the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Road Races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough on the 19th & 20th September.
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