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Hickman steals the show with hat-trick

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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IT WAS Dean Harrison who took the honours in the blue ribbon Superbike race at the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix.
Despite losing out through retirement, Englishman Peter Hickman went away with the Man of the Meeting award.
In the opening Superstock race, Louth-based Hickman continued his winning form at 'the Prix' following his success at Thursday's curtain raising Dundrod 150.
In tricky conditions, Hickman led from start to finish, claiming victory in the opening race of the day. He set the record straight at the controls of his Smith's Racing BMW S1000RR after his retirement in the Superstock race last year. Dean Harrison and Manxman Dan Kneen rounded out the podium places, coming second and third.
Michael Dunlop could only muster a seventh place finish in the opening race as the Ballymoney man apparently overshot at the Cochranstown section of the circuit. Dunlop had been going well in the opening stages of the race as he found himself in fourth place, in hot pursuit of the podium places, before his mishap.
Conditions improved ahead of the opening Supersport race as the track began to dry out. Some early morning rain had put a delay on proceedings as organisers felt holding off would ensure safer racing conditions for riders.
Bruce Anstey took the early lead in the Supersport class, the 'Flying Kiwi' shooting to the front of the pack ahead of Hickman and Harrison in what was a closely fought contest in the opening laps.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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