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Summary

  1. Hickman clinches Ulster GP treble
  2. Hickman wins both Supersport races & Superstock class
  3. Anstey denies Hickman in blue riband Superbike thriller
  4. Morgan & Robinson earn 250/125 wins
  5. Lintin snatches Supertwins win
  6. Harrison pips Kneen in dramatic Superbike finale

Live Reporting

By John Haughey

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

Well folks....a thrilling day's racing has come to a conclusion.

Peter Hickman's treble has to make him the man of the day despite his dramatic blown engine in the concluding Superbike race as Dean Harrison took a somewhat controversial victory.

Hickman opened the meeting with Superstock and Supersport victories and after being denied by the evergreen Bruce Anstey in a superb blue riband Superbike race, then took another Supersport win.

After dominating practice, the 30-year-old Lincolnshire man well and truly delivered on race day as well.

But the entire programme produced thrilling racing with Ivan Lintin producing an amazing last-ditch move to pip Dan Cooper in the Supertwins race and local Northern Ireland honour being upheld by Davy Morgan and Paul Robinson who took the victories in the lightweight/ultralightweight classes.

Runner-up Kneen unhappy with Harrison's late moves

Dan Kneen is trying to be diplomatic after being denied victory by Dean Harrison in that remarkable race but reading between the lines, he is not happy.

"I thought I covered the line but he just crashed into me really," says the Isle of Man rider.

"If I was in that position, I would have given way. That was a bit hairy."

Not surprisingly, Harrison has a different take on the closing stages.

"It was getting a bit sketchy out there and I am over the moon to get the win.

"There was a bit of rubbing and elbow bashing out there but we're all back in the winners' enclosure in one piece," says Harrison.

Dean Harrison in action on his Superbike
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Dean Harrison clinched a dramatic first Ulster Grand Prix as he edged out Dan Kneen in a thrilling concluding Superbike race at the meeting

Harrison wins classic closing Superbike race

Dean Harrison clinches an incredible first Ulster Grand Prix triumph after a dramatic battle with Dan Kneen and Conor Cummins on the final lap.

Kneen looks shattered as Harrison somewhat finds a late gap take victory.

The riders saved the best for last there. That was an astonishing final lap.

Harrison back into the lead

Isle of Man riders Kneen and Cummins appear to get in each other's way early on the last lap which allows Harrison to regain the lead.

Kneen takes lead on lap four

Dan Kneen produces a superb move out of Wheelers to move into the lead after four laps. Plenty more can happen in this race mind. Harrison now second, Cummins third with Dunlop still in fourth.

Harrison holding on to lead

Dean Harrison remains in the lead as he heads Conor Cummings by 0.40 seconds after lap three. Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop are still well in touch with Derek Sheils some way off the pace in fifth spot.

Harrison leads after lap two

After Hickman's exit, Dean Harrison leads from Dan Kneen after lap two with Conor Cummings third and Michael Dunlop fourth.

Dunlop hasn't had a podium yet today but he is not far behind Harrison here.

Hickman and Anstey out

Anstey is out before the end of the first lap and Hickman's four-timer hopes evaporate in an instant as a large puff of smoke comes out of his blown engine early on lap two.

Hickman hits the front again

Inevitably, that man Hickman is the early leader. Dan Kneen is second as they reach the windmill on lap one with Harrinson, Cummins, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey also in the top six in a tight battle.

Go, go, go in final Superbike race

The final race of the day is under way at Dundrod as the big Superbikes roar into action again.

Bruce Anstey pipped Peter Hickman in the feature Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race earlier this afternoon.

Can Hickman reverse those placings and complete a four-timer?

Lintin's winning margin 0.02 of a second

Two-hundredths of a second is Lintin's winning margin in the thrilling Supertwins finish.

"It did unfold nicely for me there," says Lintin, 32, matter-of-factly.

"That might have been harder with one of the bigger bikes but these little things are quite nimble. It was good fun."

Cooper, understandably, appears downbeat after losing the race in the final yards.

"I knew I had to get ahead of him earlier because he was faster on that final bit," added Cooper.

Ivan Linton
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Ivan Lintin clinched the third Ulster Grand Prix Supertwins victory of his career

Lintin beats Cooper in thrilling finish

Dan Cooper appears to have snatched victory after moving ahead of Lintin late on the final lap but the Supertwins specialist produces an incredible last-gasp pass to win by inches.

Certainly the most dramatic finish of the day and perhaps for many a year at the meeting.

The race had been pedestrian for the most part before that remarkable conclusion as Lintin clinches his third Ulster Grand Prix Supertwins win.

Ulsterman Adam McLean completes the podium places while Maria Costello is also in the top 10.

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Lintin responds with lap record

Lintin responds by producing the first Supertwins lap over 120mph at Dundrod to increase his advantage to 0.70 seconds after lap three. With Cowton dropping back to sixth spot, Northern Irish rider Adam McLean is now in third spot ahead of Christian Elkin and Derek Sheils.

Lintin now leading from Cooper

With James Cowton dropping back, Dan Cooper sets a new lap record of 119.80mph as he cuts Ivan Lintin's lead to half a second after two laps. Cowton is now a distant third.

Lintin leads after first lap

Lintin, who is from that motorcycling hotbed of Lincolnshire, didn't make the greatest of starts but has moved into the lead ahead of James Cowton and Dan Cooper at the end of the opening lap. This is a five-lapper.

Supertwins race under way

The penultimate Supertwins race is under way.

Supertwins specialist Ivan Lintin was the pole setter and probably goes in as favourite after two previous wins in the class at the meeting.

Hickman clinches hat-trick after Supersport thriller

Peter Hickman earns his third win of the day as he holds off Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston after a sensational final lap in the Supersport Race 2.

Fermanagh man Johnston attempts a couple of incredible late passing manoeuvres but Hickman holds his nerve to complete a sensational win as he finishes 0.30 seconds ahead of Anstey.

It's Hickman's second Supersport win of the day after his opening Superstock success.

Another astonishing race with Michael Dunlop having to be content with fourth spot.

Bruce Anstey (left), Peter Hickman (centre) and Lee Johnston (right) occupied the podium spots in both Supersport races
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Peter Hickman (centre) finished ahead of Bruce Anstey (left) and Lee Johnston in both Supersport races

Hickman regains lead as Johnston challenges

Hickman regains the lead just before the end of the final lap but then has to fend off a strong challenge from Lee Johnston to remain ahead late on the final lap. Bruce Anstey is still in with a chance of victory as well.

Anstey leads ahead of Hickman

Superbike winner Anstey takes the lead after passing leader Hickman early on the penultimate lap. Lee Johnston is up to third with Michael Dunlop now fourth. The top four remain in close proximity.

Hickman still heading Dunlop

Peter Hickman remains half a second ahead of Michael Dunlop as they complete lap two after the restart.

Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston, both riding Padgetts bikes, are both close by in third and fourth.

Dunlop has not earned an Ulster Grand Prix win since his Superstock success in 2013.

Supersport Race 2 restarts

With a few gaps on the grip, Supersport Race 2 restarts.

Michael Dunlop, whose has had a pretty mediocre day by his high standards, takes an early advantage after a brilliant start but Hickman soon powers past the Northern Irishman.

Supersport Race 2 set for restart

We're hearing that Supersport Race 2 is going to be restarted and that it will be over a full distance of six laps. There will be a one-lap warm-up apparently. That's what Radio Ulster's Adrian Coates has been told anyhow.

Red Flag

The action has stopped midway through the second lap of Supersport Race 2 as the marshals wave the red flag. We're not quite sure what the problem is. We'll inform you as soon as we get any details.

Just to recap, Peter Hickman had a 2.7 second lead over William Dunlop after lap one.

Hickman has 2.7 second lead after lap one

Hickman has a 2.7 second lead over William Dunlop by the end of lap one.

Dunlop is a couple of feet ahead of Anstey at the end of the opening circuit with Lee Johnston, Christian Elkin and Michael Dunlop completing the top six.

Supersport Race 2 under way

Pole setter Peter Hickman has another opportunity to win his third race of the day as Supersport Race 2 gets under way.

Hickman won Supersport Race 1 earlier in the day.

Dean Harrison and Conor Cummins are both non-starters and that man Hickman has a healthy lead over William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey midway through the first lap.

Hickman off to a flier at Dundrod

Peter Hickman on his way to victory during the opening Superstock race
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Peter Hickman on his way to winning the opening Superstock race at the Ulster Grand Prix

Anstey thrilled after Superbike triumph

Kiwi Anstey is a famously laidback character but even he sounds thrilled with that Blue Riband Superbike victory at Dundrod.

"The whole package is just an awesome job. Clive (Padgett) has just put forward an awesome package with that bike and that was a pretty awesome race with Hickman," says the 48-year-old Wellington man.

Pretty awesome all round then Bruce.

Anstey clinches 13th Ulster Grand Prix win

Forty-eight-year-old Bruce Anstey refuses to be denied as he pips Hickman to clinch the 13th Ulster Grand Prix win of his career.

That's the biggest cheer of the day as Anstey crosses the finishing line to win the big one by 0.20 of a second.

Anstey has been on the podium at the Ulster Grand Prix for each of the last 16 years. He set two lap records in that race although Dean Harrison went even faster on lap four.

Harrison's lap record helps him earn the last podium position as Kneen, Cummins and Derek Sheils complete the top six.

Bruce Anstey
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Bruce Anstey celebrates another Ulster Grand Prix win at the age of 48

Hickman regains lead over Anstey

Peter Hickman has made a brilliant move at Jordan's Cross to regain the lead over Anstey as they complete the penultimate lap in the blue riband event.

Harrison has moved into third spot ahead of Kneen, with Cummins in fifth.

Anstey now ahead

But 48-year-old Anstey edges ahead of Hickman although it's still a very tight fight between the top two as they complete four laps.

Dean Harrison has just broken Anstey's short-lived lap record although the Bradford rider remains in fifth spot.

We're also hearing that Michael Dunlop has just retired.

Hickman leading a charging Anstey

Peter Hickman is on course for his third victory of the day as he leads Bruce Anstey after three laps.

However, veteran Anstey has just produced a lap record for the Superbike glass by producing a circuit of 134.396mph.

Conor Cummins is in third ahead of his fellow Isle of Man rider Dan Kneen as Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop complete the top six.

Ulster GP Superbike race under way

We're under way in the big race of the race....the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race which is over seven laps. Peter Hickman is already ahead from Conor Cummins and Dean Harrison. Michael Dunlop down in seventh or eighth place.

Dr Fred at final road race meeting before retirement

Doctor Fred McSorley is on medical duty for the final time at a road race meeting before his retirement although he will have a few more flying doctor outings at upcoming short-circuit meetings.

Fred's a popular figure with the riders and fans having worked for many years alongside his late medical colleague Dr John Hinds.

Dr McSorley's son Allister will be heading road racing's medical team from now on.

Dr Fred McSorley
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Dr Fred McSorley

Morgan thrilled after lightweight victory

Morgan 'humbled' by win

Davy Morgan is thrilled after his lightweight triumph.

"Coming round on the last lap, there were so many people waving at me and it was all a bit humbling," says the Saintfield man.

"This means a lot. You never know whether these little bikes are going to hang together to get the distance."

Paul Owen didn't realise he had finished second after calculating that he had been in third spot.

He is suitably thrilled to be informed of his runner-up spot by Radio Ulster.

Morgan and Robinson clinch victories

And we have our first local winners of the day as Saintfield rider Davy Morgan and Ballymoney man Paul Robinson take the wins in the lightweight/ultralightweight class.

Morgan finished 4.5 seconds ahead of 45-year-old Welsh rider Paul Owen and Scotsman Callum Laidlaw while Robinson was only 0.20 seconds ahead of Christian Elkin in the 125s with Joey Thompson completing the podium positions.

Kernohan retires

Suddenly with the 250cc race seemingly in the bag, Kernohan retires at the end of lap three. He was over eight seconds ahead of Davy Morgan.

The Ballymena man had his hand up in the air as he slowed down and pulled into the paddock.

Morgan now leads with Welsh man Paul Owen second overall. This is proving a race of attrition.

Kernohan leads after Anstey retires

Ballymena man Neil Kernohan has a big lead over Saintfield rider Davy Morgan in the 250cc race by the third lap after early leader Bruce Anstey's retirement because of apparent bike problems.

In the 125cc class, Paul Robinson has a healthy lead over Christian Elkin.

This is a five-lap race.

Peter Hickman's verdict on his Supersport win

Ultralightweight/lightweight race under way

Next it's the 250cc and 125cc machines on the grid as we have the ultralightweight/lightweight race.

And we're off.

Bruce Anstey is in this one, as is Gary Dunlop, the son of the late Joey Dunlop. Gary was fourth in this class last year.