Cookstown winner Guy Martin says: ‘I could have smoked a Woodbine in the last race’

Guy Martin celebrates winning the feature race at the Cookstown 100 with runner-up Derek Sheils (left) and Dean Harrison (right)
Guy Martin celebrates winning the feature race at the Cookstown 100 with runner-up Derek Sheils (left) and Dean Harrison (right)

Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin said he felt so relaxed on his way to victory in the feature Superbike race at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 on Saturday he could have ‘smoked a Woodbine’.

Martin completed a double in the blue riband class on his Superstock S1000RR, narrowly holding off Milwaukee Yamaha’s Michael Dunlop in the first race before taking full advantage in the main event of the day after Dunlop crashed out unhurt while leading.

The Lincolnshire rider, who was making his return to the 2.1-mile Orritor course in Co Tyrone for the first time since 2013, said: “I could have smoked a Woodbine in that last race, the Superstock BMW was so stable and working just mint.

“I was never under any pressure and when Dunlop came past, I thought, ‘this will give me a chance to have a look at what he is doing and plan my pass for the last lap’. We certainly had an advantage on the back part of the circuit and definitely the speed on the front straight to make the pass.

“It didn’t need to happen, but a good day all round and just what we needed.”

Martin has enjoyed a strong start to 2015, securing the Spring Cup silverware at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough earlier in April before his double in the premier class at Cookstown - the first Irish national road race of the season.