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Aug 12, 2017

Race Results From The Ulster Grand Prix

Peter Hickman (60). Photo by Jon Jessop Photography, courtesy of Smiths Racing Team.

Ulster Grand Prix

Dundrod Circuit, Northern Ireland

August 12, 2017

Race Results:

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock Race Results:

1. Peter Hickman (BMW S1000RR), 6 laps, Total Race Time 20:15.927, Best Lap Time/Speed 3:20.678/132.770 mph

2. Dean Harrison (Kaw ZX-10R), -4.674 seconds, 3:21.811/132.024 mph

3. Dan Kneen (BMW S1000RR), -4.718, 3:21.730/132.077 mph

4. David Johnson (BMW S1000RR), -19.735, 3:23.960/130.633 mph

5. Conor Cummins (Hon CBR1000RR), -23.534, 3:23.977/130.622 mph

6. Jamie Coward (BMW S1000RR), -23.991, 3:24.156/130.508 mph

7. Michael Dunlop (Suz GSX-R1000), -32.049, 3:21.859/131.993 mph

8. Ivan Lintin (Kaw ZX-10R), -40.479, 3:27.402/128.465 mph

9. Daniel Cooper (BMW S1000RR), -40.694, 3:27.163/128.614 mph

10. Daley Mathison (BMW S1000RR), -46.302, 3:28.336/127.889 mph

35. Patricia Fernandez (Kaw ZX-10R), -175.498, 3:47.866/116.928 mph

Whitemountain Centra Supersport Race Results:

1. Peter Hickman (Tri Daytona 675R), 6 laps, Total Race Time 21:02.889, Best Lap Time/Speed 3:28.500/127.789 mph

2. Bruce Anstey (Hon CBR600RR), -0.188 second, 3:28.376/127.865 mph

3. Lee Johnston (Hon CBR600RR), -0.947, 3:28.811/127.598 mph

4. Dean Harrison (Kaw ZX-6R), -1.599 seconds, 3:29.088/127.429 mph

5. William Dunlop (Yam YZF-R6), -1.815, 3:28.856/127.571 mph

6. Michael Dunlop (Yam YZF-R6), -2.166, 3:28.938/127.521 mph

7. Conor Cummins (Hon CBR600RR), -16.638, 3:30.488/126.582 mph

8. Derek McGee (Kaw ZX-6R), -18.615, 3:30.726/126.439 mph

9. Jamie Coward (Hon CBR600RR), -18.675, 3:30.672/126.471 mph

10. Adam McLean (Kaw ZX-6R), -22.207, 3:32.243/125.535 mph

33. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6), -113.298, 3:45.587/118.109 mph

MMB Surfacing Superbike Race Results:

1. Bruce Anstey (Hon CBR1000RR), 7 laps, Total Race Time 23:17.050, Best Lap Time/Speed 3:18.249/134.396 mph

2. Peter Hickman (BMW S1000RR), -0.272 second, 3:18.507/134.222 mph

3. Dean Harrison (Kaw ZX-10R), -1.060 seconds, 3:17.928/134.614 mph

4. Dan Kneen (BMW S1000RR), -1.121, 3:18.036/134.541 mph

5. Conor Cummins (Hon CBR1000RR), -1.203, 3:18.565/134.183 mph

6. Derek Sheils (Suz GSX-R1000), -32.632, 3:21.786/132.041 mph

7. David Johnson (BMW S1000RR), -37.322, 3:22.916/131.305 mph

8. Jamie Coward (BMW S1000RR), -39.878, 3:23.768/130.756 mph

9. Sam West (BMW S1000RR), -42.685, 3:23.791/130.742 mph

10. Daley Mathison (BMW S1000RR), -43.034, 3:24.198/130.481 mph

Barron Transport Services Supersport Race Results:

1. Peter Hickman (Tri Daytona 675R), 6 laps, Total Race Time 20:56.880, Best Lap Time/Speed 3:28.472/127.806 mph

2. Bruce Anstey (Hon CBR600RR), -0.314 second, 3:28.252/127.941 mph

3. Lee Johnston (Hon CBR600RR), -0.880, 3:28.315/127.902 mph

4. Michael Dunlop (Yam YZF-R6), -1.179 seconds, 3:28.510/127.783 mph

5. Paul Jordan (Yam YZ-R6), -23.519, 3:31.789/125.804 mph

6. Jamie Coward (Hon CBR600RR), -23.644, 3:31.618/125.906 mph

7. Christian Elkin (Kaw ZX-6R), -25.221, 3:32.239/125.538 mph

8. Daniel Cooper (Hon CBR600RR), -25.277, 3:32.436/125.421 mph

9. James Cowton (Kaw ZX-6R), -25.617, 3:32.681/125.277 mph

10. Joey Thompson (Kaw ZX-6R), -39.866, 3:32.226/125.545 mph

31. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6), -4 laps, DNF, 3:50.214/115.736 mph

Around A Pound Superbike Race Results:

1. Dean Harrison (Kaw ZX-10R), 6 laps, Total Race Time 20:06.795, Best Lap Time/Speed 3:19.715/133.410 mph

2. Dan Kneen (BMW S1000RR), -0.106 second, 3:19.360/133.647 mph

3. Conor Cummins (Hon CBR1000RR), -0.391, 3:19.526/133.536 mph

4. Michael Dunlop (Suz GSX-R1000), -1.735 seconds, 3:19.628/133.468 mph

5. Derek Sheils (Suz GSX-R1000), -17.031, 3:22.275/131.721 mph

6. David Johnson (BMW S1000RR), -21.248, 3:23.312/131.050 mph

7. Jamie Coward (BMW S1000RR), -30.233, 3:24.346/130.387 mph

8. Sam West (BMW S1000RR), -36.438, 3:25.260/129.806 mph

9. Ivan Lintin (Kaw ZX-10R), -36.566, 3:25.579/129.604 mph

10. Michael Sweeney (BMW S1000RR), -43.368, 3:26.352/129.199 mph

22. Patricia Fernandez (Kaw ZX-10R), -151.366, 3:43.505/119.210 mph

More, from a press release issued by Smiths Racing Team:

Man Of The Meeting Tops Hickman’s Successful Ulster GP

Peter Hickman and the Gloucester-based Smiths Racing team enjoyed a superb day of racing at Saturday’s Ulster Grand Prix as they came away with three wins, a second place and a fully deserved ‘Man of the Meeting’ trophy.

Hickman opened his account for the day when he dominated the six-lap Superstock race on the Smiths BMW S1000RR eventually taking the chequered flag by almost five seconds. The 30-year-old grabbed the lead off the line and set the fastest lap of the race at 132.770mph, despite a few damp patches around the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit, to consistently pull away from Dean Harrison and Dan Kneen.

Win number two came in the opening Supersport race but he didn’t have it easy on the Trooper Beer/Smiths Triumph as he only got the better of Bruce Anstey by 0.186s. The duo occupied the leading two positions all race but it was close behind too as just two seconds covered the top six. Although Anstey led from laps two to five, Peter was determined and with just one lap remaining grabbed the lead at Tournagrough.

The duo swapped the lead twice along the Flying Kilo on the final lap but Peter wasn’t to be denied and prevented Anstey from making an overtaking manoeuvre and duly took the chequered flag once more. However, the Kiwi would gain his revenge in the feature Superbike race which, held over seven laps, was the race of the day as five riders disputed the victory.

Peter led for the first three laps but Anstey was already making a charge breaking the outright lap record only set two days earlier and he took the lead on lap four. Try as he might, particularly on the last lap, Hickman was unable to find a gap and he had to settle for second at the chequered flag, just 0.272s adrift.

The Louth rider bounced back in the second Supersport race when he again went head to head with Anstey and also Lee Johnston and Michael Dunlop. The quartet were nose to tail throughout the six laps but Peter led every lap and although Johnston briefly nosed ahead on the final lap, a good move at Wheelers enabled Peter to seal the win to make it three wins from four starts.

That just left the second Superbike race, this time held over six laps, and with the sun shining, Hickman led at the end of the first lap but unfortunately a technical issue put him out shortly afterwards. However, his results from the previous four races had already seen him wrap up the Man of the Meeting.

Peter Hickman: “It’s been an awesome day and a massive thanks to the team as everything’s been spot on throughout. I’m obviously over the moon with a hat-trick of wins in what were extremely tough, close races and that’s always the case at the Ulster GP. To win a race here, you know you’ll have to fight all the way to the end and getting a break is near impossible. I tried my best to make a getaway in all of the races but it only really came off in the Superstock race when there were a few damp patches. I led most of the laps in most of the races and was happy to be out front and although we had a problem in the final race, we can’t be disappointed at all. It’s been a mega day’s racing so thanks again to the team, well done to Dean Harrison for winning his first International big bike race win and best wishes to the injured riders.”

Darren Jones, Crew Chief: “Peter’s been on fire all week and getting pole position in every class during qualifying and then the Dundrod 150 Superbike win on Thursday set him up nicely for today. He got things underway with a great win in the Superstock race and then possibly rode even better to win the first Supersport race. We knew Bruce would be strong in the Superbike race and although Peter could have had a go, he played it safe which was the right thing to do. Getting another Supersport win meant we only had one race left to negotiate but although we had a technical issue we can’t be disappointed with how the week’s gone and with four wins and a second it’s been a great meeting. The whole team and the bikes have been superb all week and we’re going home safe and now looking forward to hopefully taking some silverware at Cadwell Park and sealing our Showdown position in the MCE British Superbike Championship.”

More, from a press release issued by Tyco BMW:


Dan Kneen secured a double podium during Saturday’s Ulster Grand Prix, in a one-off appearance for Northern Ireland based Tyco BMW with a Superstock third place and a strong second step on the podium in Superbike race two.

The Manxman also posted his fastest-ever lap around the Dundrod circuit in the opening Superbike race, with a staggering effort of 134.541mph – the quickest ever lap posted by BMW Motorrad machinery around the 7.4-mile circuit.

Kneen as previously mentioned, took third place in a hotly contested Superstock race and while he missed out on a podium in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race, by just 6/100ths of a second in fourth, he went on to take second place in Superbike race two after leading at various times throughout the race.

Team Manager Philip Neill said of the Manxman’s day in Tyco BMW colours: "With everything considered, Dan did an amazing job for us this week at the Ulster Grand Prix. With Hutchy injured it would have been easy to sit the event out this year. However, when my Father and I talked it over, we decided that we have supported the Ulster Grand Prix event for a long time, and were keen to continue to do so this year.

Dan was an obvious rider choice really and I would like to thank all of Dan's personal sponsors including DTR for allowing Dan to ride both Tyco BMW Superstock and Superbike machinery at the Ulster Grand Prix for us.

With virtually no pre-event testing, we are extremely happy with Dan's results and to record a 134.541mph lap was very impressive. Unfortunately he held the ‘fastest road racer in the world’ title for all of 0.5-seconds before being pipped by 0.1sec.

But altogether we are very happy with the outcome of this year’s Ulster Grand Prix and I would like to thank our sponsors Tyco Security Products and BMW Motorrad for their support.

Finally I would like to congratulate the organisers on a well organised event; I hope the large crowds around the circuit enjoyed the racing. Unfortunately there was also some sadness during the event and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected.”

Dan Kneen: “In the first Superbike race I was confident I could run with Peter [Hickman] and I felt strong enough to do so, but I ended up in an exchange with Dean Harrison and was happy enough in the end despite losing out on a podium. The second Superbike race was a bit different and I was challenging Peter when he retired, and then it was nip-and-tuck with Dean on that last lap. There may have been a bit of contact but all-in-all I’m happy with how I performed on the Tyco BMW machinery this week and I’d like to thanks Hector and Philip for the opportunity and the boys in the team for a big effort.”

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