Hickman dominates wet Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race

Peter Hickman eased to his third win of the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix in a wet Superstock race, while Dean Harrison retired at the end of the first lap

The race was delayed for some time while mist over the Dundrod circuit lifted, and standing water was cleared following a heavy downpour in the morning.

Hickman grabbed the holeshot off the line ahead of Harrison, though the latter was soon passed for second by Penz13's Davey Todd.

Harrison pulled out of third place due to a fuel pump issue at the end of the opening lap, releasing Honda's David Johnson into third.

Todd - mounted on the older version of the S1000RR BMW - kept Hickman close on the first two laps, only allowing the Smiths BMW rider to open up an advantage of a second after the opening two laps.

But Hickman - who won the STK races at the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT earlier this year - soon twisted the knife and led Todd by over five seconds at the end of the third lap.

That gap opened up by another five seconds on the next tour, and he led by over 17s as he crossed the line to begin the final tour.

Easing off, Hickman cruised to his ninth Ulster GP win, with Todd holding onto second for his first podium at the event.

Conor Cummins (Padgetts) prevailed in a battle for third ahead of Lee Johnston, with the Ashcourt Racing rider making up for a bad start to recover to fourth.

Derek Sheils completed the top five on the Burrows Engineering Suzuki, while Honda's Johnson faded to sixth ahead of MJR BMW's Michael Sweeney having run third early on.

Michael Dunlop - who didn't start Thursday's racing - came from the second wave to finish eighth on the MD Racing BMW, 1m16s off the lead, beating David Jackson and Brian McCormack.

Prez Racing's Jamie Coward was due to start from the front row, but didn't make the start.

Pictures courtesy of Pacemaker Press

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