Magnificent seven for Ulster Grand Prix record-breaker Peter Hickman at Dundrod

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) equalled Northern Ireland star Phillip McCallen's 1996 record of five Ulster Grand Prix victories in a day at Dundrod on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) equalled Northern Ireland star Phillip McCallen's 1996 record of five Ulster Grand Prix victories in a day at Dundrod on Saturday. Picture: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.
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Peter Hickman crowned a famous day at the Ulster Grand Prix with victory in the final Superbike race, which saw him equal Phillip McCallen’s record of five wins in a day from 1996.

He also set a new record of seven wins from seven starts at Dundrod, which included a Superbike and Supersport double on Thursday, plus a Superbike and Supersport double on Saturday in addition to victory in the Superstock race.

Peter Hickman on his way to a record seventh Ulster Grand Prix win from seven starts in the second Superbike race at Dundrod on Saturday.

Peter Hickman on his way to a record seventh Ulster Grand Prix win from seven starts in the second Superbike race at Dundrod on Saturday.

It was a stunning accomplishment by the Smiths Racing rider who set the fastest lap of the day on almost dry roads in the final Superbike race at 134.504mph.

Hickman came home 6.8 seconds ahead of Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), with Manx rider Conor Cummins taking third on the Milenco by Padgett’s Honda, a further 14.5 seconds behind.

The 32-year-old said: “I can’t thank the team enough and it’s absolutely mega. I wasn’t big headed enough to think that we could win every race we started, but that’s obviously what we always aim to try and do.

“I’m over the moon and I can’t thank the Smiths Racing team and all my sponsors enough for making this possible.”

Peter Hickman won the feature Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix to clinch a five-timer.

Peter Hickman won the feature Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix to clinch a five-timer.

Hickman is now the fourth most successful rider ever at the event with 13 wins, despite only making his debut in 2014.

Honda rider David Johnson crashed out of the race unhurt at the hairpin.

Hickman's haul of wins included victory in the feature Superbike race. Hickman, who raised the outright lap record to a sizzling 136.415mph in Thursday’s Superbike race, mastered the tricky drying roads to secure his 11th UGP win by three seconds from Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), who got the better of Cummins (Milenco by Padgett’s Honda) for third.

It was Harrison who snatched the lead off the line with Hickman, Cummins and Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki) giving chase.

Superstock race winner Peter Hickman on the rostrum with runner-up Davey Todd (left) and Conor Cummins.

Superstock race winner Peter Hickman on the rostrum with runner-up Davey Todd (left) and Conor Cummins.

Harrison remained ahead throughout the first lap but Hickman drafted past on the Flying Kilo on lap two and began to up the tempo on his Smiths BMW.

He had opened a gap of 2.1 seconds at the end of the second lap, with Cummins moving past Harrison into second. Sheils remained in fourth with Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) and Davey Todd (Wepol/Penz13.com BMW) giving chase.

As Hickman extended his lead, a battle developed for second between Harrison and Cummins, whilst Johnston was now up to fourth ahead of Sheils.

Harrison lapped at 126.224mph on the fifth lap as he opened a gap over Cummins in third, with Johnston clear of Todd, who had reeled in Sheils to take fifth.

Peter Hickman dominated the Superstock race in the wet at the Ulster Grand Prix to complete a hat-trick.

Peter Hickman dominated the Superstock race in the wet at the Ulster Grand Prix to complete a hat-trick.

Hickman could afford to roll off on the last lap as he made it five wins from five starts, increasing his total of UGP wins to 11.

Harrison continued to push on the last lap and set the fastest lap of the race at 126.321mph to secure the runner-up spot ahead of Cummins, with Johnston, Todd and Sheils the first six.

Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop was a non-starter after withdrawing from the race.

In the opening Supersport race, pole man Hickman, riding the Trooper Beer Smiths Triumph, took the lead on the first lap and just as he did in the earlier Superstock race, he put his head down and broke the opposition.

He won by 8.3 seconds from Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha), while Davey Todd followed up his Superstock podium with his second ever rostrum finish at the Ulster GP, narrowly pipping his Milenco by Padgett’s Honda team-mate Conor Cummins for third by only 0.042s.

Hickman set the fastest lap of the race at 119.329mph, with speeds considerably down in the wet conditions around the 7.4-mile course.

Yorkshireman Jamie Coward finished fourth on the Prez Racing Yamaha, 10.7 seconds behind Cummins, while the top six was completed by Derek Sheils (Roadhouse Macau Yamaha), who edged a race-long battle with Michael Sweeney (Yamaha) by half-a-second.

Dean Harrison, who finished third in Thursday’s Supersport race, was a non-starter after damaging his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki engine.

Hickman began the day with a terrific display of wet weather riding as he won the delayed Superstock race.

He sealed victory by 24.2 seconds from Davey Todd, with Cummins taking third, 5.5 seconds down on Todd. It was Hickman’s third Superstock triumph of the season following wins in the class at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

The Smiths BMW rider took the lead off the line and was never headed as he gradually pulled away from Todd and Harrison on the opening lap.

Kawasaki rider Harrison pulled out of the race at the end of lap one, with Honda Racing’s David Johnson moving up to third followed by Cummins.

Hickman had opened a gap of five seconds over Todd (Wepol/Penz13.com BMW) by the end of lap three, with Cummins passing Johnson to slot into third. Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki), Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) and Michael Sweeney (MJR BMW) were the top six.

There was no stopping Hickman as he continued to pull further away at the front, with Todd looking safe in second and Cummins now equally comfortable in third.

Hickman wrapped up a commanding triumph in the end over Todd, who was celebrating his first Ulster Grand Prix podium. The 23-year-old is having an excellent season after winning the wet Supersport race at the North West 200 and finishing a superb sixth in the Senior TT.

Cummins was a lonely third while Johnston narrowly pipped Sheils for fourth by only 0.1 seconds.

Aussie Johnson was sixth ahead of Sweeney, with Michael Dunlop taking eighth on the MD Racing BMW after starting from the second group.

Hickman set the fastest lap of the race at 122.83mph on lap three and was also quickest through the speed trap at 187.6mph.

The race was delayed by around two-and-a-half hours after rain and mist in the morning.

In the second Supersport race, Hickman once again had the edge over Johnston following another titanic tussle.

He won by just 0.145s with Cummins in third, 16.4 seconds back. Todd, Coward and Sweeney were the first six.