Paul Jordan scooped his very first Ulster Grand Prix victory in today’s Castle Mall Supertwin race after holding off Joe Loughlin in a five-way scrap for the win.
The Dafabet Devitt man powered his Kawasaki to victory less than a tenth of a second clear of the Paton rider after Jamie Coward, Christian Elkin and Lee Johnston were all in the mix early on.
Coward was quickest through the first sector of the Dundrod circuit, but by the time the pack came around to start lap two it was Loughlin in the lead for the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale squad.
But it was far from a lone battle with Jordan, KMR rider Johnston, KTS Racing’s Coward and Bob Wylie Racing man Elkin in a five-way battle for the lead covered by just over 1.6sec.
Jordan took time out of Loughlin heading to the back of the circuit, but Loughlin was still 0.140sec ahead as they hit the half-way point of the race with Johnston holding third ahead of Elkin, who had levered Coward aside to take over fourth.
As Johnston dropped out of contention down the order while Coward moved into podium contention in third, it was still Loughlin at the front with one lap to go and only 0.170sec separating he and Jordan in the battle for victory.
But with a final charge, Jordan scorched ahead and took his first Supertwin win at Dundrod by a mere 0.092sec as Coward snatched third just 0.163sec behind Loughlin.
*Image: Derek Wilson