ALASTAIR Seeley capped off the 2021 Ulster Superbike Championship with another masterclass performance at Bishopscourt this weekend.
The Carrickfergus man, who clinched the championship at the last round maintained his seasons unbeaten record with another two wins at the County Down circuit bringing his total to an impressive 12 wins from 12 starts.
On a brand new IFS Yamaha R1M which he first put his leg over on Wednesday he didn’t however quite have things all his own way.
The opening superbike race saw his season’s closest rival Ali Kirk take the advantage in the opening laps but a fault with his AKR/Jason McCurry racing BMW saw him slow down on the start finish straight, quickly dropping him down the field.
Seeley made the most of Kirk’s demise taking the lead and the win with Jason Lynn pushing hard in the final laps, finishing only 0.792 seconds in arrears, as road racing champion Derek Sheils brought his Roadhouse Macau BMW home in third while Gary McCoy and Aaron Armstrong completed the top five. Kirk recovered slightly to take sixth place over 17sec off the win.
Race two was one of the closest battles of the season, where it was a four-bike train during the opening laps wth Seeley, Kirk, Sheils and Lynn lapping in close formation. But by mid point Lynn had dropped back, leaving the leading trio to scrap it out to the flag.
Seeley held his nerve, however, and kept his challengers at bay to maintain his 100 per cent record, while Kirk and Sheils had a final charge to the flag as the latter lost out on second by just 0.198sec. Lynn took fourth just over five seconds behind and Gary McCoy had another top five finish.
With the former British champ out of the Supersport races, multiple 600cc title winner Lynn took full advantage to win both races comfortably clear of runner-up Christian Elkin, as Andrew Smyth and Jack Oliver took a third apiece.
Gary McCoy on a Ryan Farquhar KMR Kawasaki got off to a storming start in the Supertwin race, but while holding a 10sec lead he crashed out, gifting the win to Oliver, while Michael Sweeney was runner up, giving the Skerries man the points required to clinch the Supertwin Championship.
In race two, McCoy made amends with a comfortable victory some 18sec ahead of second-placed Ryan Fenton, with Scotsman Kris Duncan third a further eight seconds down the road.
Duncan also had a win in the second of the MOTO 3/L-Weight Supersport/250/Classic GP races while Alvin Griffin won the first. Back out for more, Oliver was victorious in the two Supersport/Superbike cup races.
Ajay Carey continued his dominance in the Supersport 300/MOTO one races with another double win. Derek O’Donnell won both the Pre Injection outings and Mark Johnson and Stephen McKeown had a win a piece in the classics.