Superb conditions here at Bishopscourt where practise is still underway and my pre-race favourite Johnny Rea riding the Red Bull liveried Stobart Honda has dipped in to the 1 minute 7 seconds lap times. ‘Junior’ will be a serious threat to Michael Laverty as will Guy Martin who is lapping well on the AIM Yamaha.
In the second supersport 600 practise session it was a TAS Suzuki one two as Tom Sykes topped the times by 0.2 of a second from Ian Lowry with Alastair Seeley third, Martin 4th, Farquhar 5th and Jack Kennedy in 6th.
Lee Wilson is here but having sold the SV650 and not bringing the Fireblade its JD to the rescue as Wilson competes in the 600 class.
In the lightweight supersport class Lee Hill was fastest on 1:18.074 with Gavin Clarke second on 1:18.973 Kieron Egerton 3rd, Johnny McCay 4th, Ryan McKeown 5th and Darren Gilpin 6th.
Not many timesheets about so sorry for no updates on the other classes.
A dry and bright morning for practise and qualifying here at Bishopscourt, there was an early crash at the final corner which spilt some oil which required the track to be washed leaving the track very slippy. Subsequently there have been a lot of fallers in all other classes this morning. Some of the fallers included Ryan McKeown, James Maguire, Kieron Egerton, Lee Johnston (who has mangled the MSS Kawasaki and will now race his R6 Yamaha).
Johnny Rea was also a faller but not before he dipped in to the 1:07s again, though slightly slower than yesterdays time.
Some times for the B group of the superbikes.
1st Tom Sykes 1:09.063, 2nd Guy Martin, 3rd James Dickson, 4th Ian Lougher, 5th Michael Pearson, 6th Colm Lynch
In the lightweight supersports its Eddie Haddock quickest from Lee Hill and Leo Fitzgerald.
Practise is all but finished, stay tuned for some race updates later.
ISB race one
What a cracker of a battle between Michael Laverty who led the opening lap and Johnny Rea. These pair swapped the lead lap after lap before Johnny Rea got a better run through the back markers to win from Laverty with Sykes third throughout, fourth going to Marty Nutt but only just from Steve Plater then Seeley, Martin and Farquhar.
LWSS race one
Another cracking race with Eddie Haddock the earlier leader going head to head with Lee Hill. Behind this pair it was Gavin Clarke and Leo Fitzgerald locked in battle for third. At the flag it was Hill, from Haddock with Clarke third, Fitzgerald fourth, Egerton 5th then Alan Brown and Johnny McCay.
The 125s are out now on track, and mid race its Lunney leading from Davy Morrow? and Davy Lemon, Percy lying fourth and then the Dunlop brothers.
The race was red flagged due to an incident involving Michael Dunlop, on the rerun Mickey was not on the grid. Mark Lunney was the winner of the rerun from Nikki Coates and Davy Lemon.
SS600 race one
Tom Sykes got the holeshot in this one only for it to be red flagged after one lap. On the restart it was Seeley quickest away and he led for one lap before Sykes hit the front to lead all the way and win from Seeley. Guy Martin was in third for most of the race but Ian Lowry snatched third from Martin near the end with Billy McConnell coming through to fifth and Connor Cummings 6th.
The sidecars were next up and one outfit blew up in a big way and rather than pull in immediately continued on for a bit depositing oil all over the track, which required a major clean up operation prior to the Sunflower Trophy race!
Johnny Rea got the holeshot, but by turn three it was the Stobart Honda of Michael Laverty leading followed by Sykes and Guy Martin. Laverty held the lead for two laps before Rea slipped through. Slowly but surely Rea broke the tow and eased away from Laverty to win the main event with Laverty second and Sykes third. Further down the field there was a great battle between Guy Martin, Marty Nutt, Steve Plater and Ryan Farquhar. Fourth throughout was Martin but Nutt stole it from him on the final lap with Plater 6th and Farquhar 7th.
LWSS race 2
Haddock and Hill resumed hostilities in this one with the lead changing regularly and a new lap record going to Eddie Haddock riding RJ Woolsey’s SV650. Haddock held on for a slender win from Hill, third again was the consistent Gavin Clarke with Kieron Egerton 4th and Johnny McCay 5th.
125 race two
Nigel Percy got the holeshot but entered turn three way too slow allowing Lunney to ride round the outside, Percy slowing down caused Nikki Coates to run in to the back of Percy, Coates’ brake lever hit Percy’s tail unit and down he went. Lunney then eased away at the front as the battle for second raged involving William Dunlop, Paddy Graham, Davy Lemon, and Tim Stott. On the final lap past me it was Lunney leading from Lemon Graham and Dunlop