Michael Dunlop seals ‘Race of Legends’ glory at Armoy

Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the feature 'Race of Legends' Superbike event at Armoy on the MD Racing BMW
Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the feature 'Race of Legends' Superbike event at Armoy on the MD Racing BMW

Michael Dunlop came up trumps when it mattered to clinch his fifth successive victory in the feature ‘Race of Legends’ at Armoy.

The 26-year-old hasn’t been defeated in the blue riband event at his home race since 2011 and gave the partisan crowd the result they wanted more than any other as he put his MD Racing BMW onto the top of the podium.

Dunlop made up ground quickly from his second row start to pass his brother William before setting his sights on the Tyco BMW of Guy Martin.

He rapidly closed the gap to the Lincolnshire star and wasted no time in seizing the lead before establishing a break at the front.

Dunlop went on to win by 2.7 seconds from Martin, with Dean Harrison finishing third in only his second appearance at Armoy on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha.

William Dunlop claimed fourth followed by Derek McGee from Mullingar and Ballymoney’s Seamus Elliott, who was making his debut on Wilson Craig’s Honda.

Martin had earlier won the Open Superbike race by more than two seconds from his Tyco BMW team-mate Dunlop, with Derek Sheils clinching third on the BikeBits NI Kawasaki.

Michael Dunlop finished fourth followed by Bradford’s Harrison and Ryan Farquhar on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki.

Dungannon man Farquhar set a new lap record as he won the Supertwins race from McGee, while William Dunlop completed a Supersport double as he set a new lap record for the class at 104.290mph on the Chris Dowd/Ivan Curran Racing Yamaha.

Behind Dunlop – who also won Friday’s 600cc race – Martin held off Harrison for the runner-up spot on the TAS Suzuki.

Sam Wilson had enough in reserve to hold off Michael Dunlop for victory in the 250cc race on the Joey’s Bar Honda, while Magherafelt’s Paul Jordan won the 125GP race from Wilson.