PETER Hickman stormed to pole position in this morning’s second Superstock qualifying session as he led by over 1.5sec before action was red flagged.
The Smith’s Racing BMW rider clocked a 4:23.604 on just his fifth lap of the session, less than a second off Alastair Seeley’s official lap record from 2017, to secure the top spot 1.640sec ahead of Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki duo Glenn Irwin and James Hillier, who made team tactics work to complete the front row.
MD Racing man Michael Dunlop will head off the second row after setting a 4:26.762 to hold off Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston and Silicone Engineering Kawasaki ace Dean Harrison.
“I actually made a mistake on my first flying lap so I just aborted it, let a few more riders past, found myself a bit of clear track and just did the one lap,” Hickman admitted.
“I didn’t feel mega fast, I was just kind of riding around. You always go faster on the second day, it’s just a normal thing. But at the minute this is just qualifying, when you have got a race and there’s slipstreaming it’s hard to break away, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Red flags flew with less than five minutes to go in the session and brought action to a halt.
*Image: Derek Wilson