Ulster GP: Hickman steals Supersport win from Johnston to make history

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PETER Hickman made it a record six wins in a week in today’s Skegness Raceway Supersport race after battling ahead of Lee Johnston to take a narrow victory.

The Trooper Beer by Smith’s rider was locked in a race-long battle with the Ashcourt Racing ace and despite the pair both leading on the last lap, it was the Triumph man who took the win.

Todd hit the front with a strong launch in the final 600 race of the day, but a few corners later Johnston took two in one bend to fly from third to first with Hickman in tow as the pair immediately began stretching a lead.

PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward soon slipped ahead of Milenco by Padgett’s Todd to take over third and tag straight onto the back of Hickman, but the earlier Supersport race winner was still looking for a way through on the Ashcourt Racing rider.

Hickman finally found a gap at the start of lap two as he levered Johnston aside at Rock Bends, but the diminutive Ulsterman hit back on the run to Tornagrough to lead on the run to the Flying Kilo as the leaders began lap three, with Todd, Coward and Conor Cummins scrapping for third.

While Johnston looked to be in control at the beginning of lap four, Hickman stuck a pass on him on the run to Leathamstown, but Johnston remained in Hickman’s tow and used the slipstream to get back into the lead on the way to Joey’s Windmill.

Hickman tucked into Johnston’s draft and powered alongside him on the Flying Kilo as the pair began their last lap, taking the lead on his Triumph and holding off Johnston’s best attempts in the 11th hour to secure his fourth win of the day and sixth of the week, beating Phil McCallen’s record of five wins from five starts which stood since 1996.

Just a bit further back, Cummins pipped team-mate Todd for the final rostrum spot after the pair powered clear of Coward in fifth.

*Click here for results from the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix

*Image: Derek Wilson

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