MICHAEL Dunlop stole the show this weekend with his ninth consecutive Bayview Hotel Race of Legends win at Armoy.
The SynetiQ BMW rider controlled the action from lights-to-flag to beat Wilson Craig Racing’s Davey Todd and Derek McGee by almost 10sec.
After dominating Friday’s event-opening 250GP and Supersport scraps, Dunlop won three more today between the second 600cc, Open and blue riband Race of Legends battles in dominant fashion.
The 19-time Isle of Man TT winner opened his account last night with a win on a Honda 250 two-stroke as he crossed the line less than a half second clear of McGee’s Faraldo Racing 450GP machine, which won the Lightweight Supersport class over Seamus Elliott.
It was more of the same for Dunlop in the very next race, the Supersport opener, as he put his MD Racing Yamaha on top with a 1.698sec margin over McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean as Todd rounded out the rostrum some seven second back.
Today’s Supersport race ended with a much tighter finish as B&W/Diamond Edge Cutting man McGee chased Dunlop all the way to the flag as the Mullingar man missed out on victory by a mere 0.028sec, with McLean five second back in third.
Dunlop then cleared off in the Open A race to destroy the field yet again, as Roadhouse Macau’s Derek Sheils and NJ Doyne rider McGee tussled for second before the Dubliner pipped him by less than 0.2sec.
It was no surprise when the Ballymoney ace stormed to victory in the feature Race of Legends scrap, but the battle behind kept crowds on their toes. Todd, McGee and MJR Racing’s Michael Sweeney settled into a battle for the runner-up spot and despite the Irish riders’ experience on the Armoy circuit, it was Todd who emerged 0.060sec ahead of McGee as Sweeney was forced to settle for fourth just 0.4sec adrift. And in his Armoy debut, Phil Crowe secured a top-five just over a second further back.
Sam Johnson was the best of the Open B race crop with a comfortable win over Stephen Tobin and Tommy Henry.
In the Supertwin A scrap, McGee was unstoppable for KMR Kawasaki as he flew ahead of the pack to take victory by more than seven seconds, as ILR Paton rider Joe Loughlin beat McLean to second by 0.128sec. And in the Supertwin B race, Anthony Redmond got the better of Welshman Michael Rees to bag the win as Suzuki-mounted Michael Gillan scored third.
Joey’s Bar rider Mike Browne cleared off in the Moto3 race as he came home more than 20sec clear of the competition, while KNR’s Melissa Kennedy pinched second from Faraldo Racing’s Eoin O’Siochru. Just a bit further back, Barry Davidson pipped RJ Woolsey by a scant 0.023sec to bank a Supersport 300 class victory.
O’Siochru dominated the Junior Support race some 19sec clear of Kevin Baker and Gillan before doubling up with a 1.1sec victory over Jack Oliver as Keelim Ryan bagged a distant third.
Former Classic TT winner Dom Herbertson dominated the Classic 350cc field with a winning margin of 18sec over Dempster Racing’s Davidson with Drixton Honda rider Leon Murphy third, while Brian Mateer was the best of the 250s with Philip Shaw and Nigel Murphy completing the class podium.
MV Agusta-mounted Ian Lougher and BSA rider Guy Martin were in a race of their own in the Senior Classic battle, but it was the Welshman who came up to trumps as he took the chequered flag 1.4sec clear of the truck mechanic, with Richard Ford’s Norton in a distant third. Further back on the same grid, Davidson banked his second win of the day in the 500cc ranks, beating the two Nortons of Mark Parrett and John Leigh Pemberton.