PERFECT Peter Hickman tore up the Ulster Grand Prix record books with his seventh win from seven starts in the Around a Pound Superbike finale.
Shattering Phillip McCallen’s record of five wins from five starts in the penultimate race earlier this evening, the Smith’s BMW rider built on his six-from-six tally to take seven after beating Dean Harrison by almost seven seconds
Harrison came out swinging as he shot ahead of pole-sitter Hickman on the run to the Flying Kilo, but Hickman slipped ahead moments later as Conor Cummins and Milenco by Padgett’s team-mate Davey Todd tucked into third and fourth just ahead of David Johnson and Derek Sheils.
By the time the leading trio hit Wheeler’s, Hickman was already beginning to gap Harrison in a bid for a Superbike sweep.
The Dundrod maestro crossed the line two seconds clear of Harrison and over four ahead of Cummins with three laps in the bag, but with Todd over 10sec off the pace, it looked to be the front three in a lone run to the rostrum spots.
Hickman pulled another second on lap four as Cummins fell a bit further back off the tail of Harrison, but just behind Honda Racing’s Johnson was catching Todd in the fight for fourth, with RK/Burrows man Sheils and Jamie Coward scrapping for sixth some 12sec further back.
But moments later, Aussie Johnson crashed out at the Lindsay Hairpin and left Todd to an easy fourth.
Back at the front, however, Hickman couldn’t be stopped and he crossed the line 6.849sec clear of Harrison and Cummins to take his record-setting seventh win of the week and bolster his perfect scoresheet.
Todd bagged fourth ahead of PreZ Racing’s Coward, who pipped Sheils for fifth, with Irishmen Michael Sweeney and Brian McCormack clinched seventh and eighth.
Mike Booth took a distant ninth ahead of Phil Crowe, who completed the top 10.
*Image: Derek Wilson