Northern Irishman sets new standard of 122.32mph on his way to Superbike victory
MICHAEL Dunlop made an instant impact on this week’s Southern 100 when he arrived at the meeting on Tuesday evening.
The Northern Irish TT star set a new lap record for the 4.25-mile Billown Course of 122.32mph on his Streetsweep Kawasaki in the first Corlett Trophies Superbike race.
Dunlop finished the four-day meeting’s thrilling curtain raiser just one tenth of a second ahead of Guy Martin who had been quickest in Monday evening’s practice.
Cameron Donald was third, William Dunlop fourth, Ryan Farquhar fifth and Dan Kneen sixth.
The night’s other race, the Vehicle Sourcing Centre Sidecar contest, was also hotly contested with reigning champions Klaus Klaffenbock and Manxman Dan Sayle edging home from Simon Neary and Jason Crowe in second. Ian and Carl Bell finished third.
Racing continues tonight, Wednesday and Thursday.
Full reports and pictures in Thursday’s Manx Independent.