Ulster GP: Guy Martin clinches Superbike top spot at Dundrod

Guy Martin topped the practice times in the Superbike and Superstock classes at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Guy Martin topped the practice times in the Superbike and Superstock classes at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix

Guy Martin is on pole position for the Superbike races at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix after completing a scintillating practice double.

The Tyco BMW star, seeking a 12th victory at the historic road race, knocked Bruce Anstey off the top spot eight at the finish with a lap of 132.234mph to seal pole for the Northern Ireland team by 0.269 seconds.

Martin, who has won 11 times at the legendary road race, also claimed pole in the Superstock class and nailed down a front row start in the Supersport category on the Tyco Triumph 675 to cap an excellent day for the 33-year-old at the ‘World’s Fastest Road Race’.

The truck mechanic and TV star managed 12 laps on the S1000RR, although the session was red-flagged due to an accident, with the rider involved transported to hospital. No further details are available on the condition of the competitor.

After the restart, Anstey held sway at the top with a lap of 132.059mph until Martin’s late flyer as last year’s top two secured their places on the front row.

Bingley’s Ian Hutchinson, back in top form after a treble at the Isle of Man TT, was third fastest at 131.969mph and only 0.4 seconds down on Martin as the PBM Kawasaki rider rounded out row one.

English rider Peter Hickman, who became the fastest newcomer in the history of the event on his debut in 2014, impressed again by taking fourth on the Briggs Equipment BMW S1000RR (131.938mph) ahead of Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston (East Coast/Burdens BMW) and William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW, who lapped at 131.260mph.

Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop (130.759mph) made up ground in the final minutes to put the Buildbase BMW into seventh place as the 26-year-old heads up row three, where he is joined by Mar-Train Yamaha’s Dean Harrison and Keith Amor on the Rig Deluge BMW.

Isle of Man riders Dan Kneen (Valvoline Padgetts Honda) and Conor Cummins (Honda Racing) were 10th and 11th respectively, with Ivan Lintin filling the final place on row four on the RC Express Kawasaki.