Farquhar takes terrific four wins at Bush
Ryan Farquhar bounced back strongly from a disappointing Isle of Man TT campaign to rack up four race wins on his KMR Kawasaki's at the Bush Road Races on Saturday, the local meeting for the Dungannon rider.
With mixed weather conditions throughout the day, Farquhar opted to run intermediate tyres for the day and he opened his account with a start to finish win in the Supertwins class and such was his dominance he took the win by over 54 seconds! Next up was the Supersport 600cc race and again he was never headed and he was able to take his second win of the day, this time by 17.611 seconds, also setting a new lap record of 86.696mph.
The last two races of the day saw him out on the 1000cc machine and he promptly made it a hat-trick when he took the Open race by another comfortable margin. That just left the Grand Final to negotiate and he made it another superb day of racing on the roads when he made it four wins from four starts, winning on this occasion by 10.881 seconds as he also set a new lap record for the class at 87.917mph.
Farquhar said: "The weather was quite iffy to be honest and it made tyre a choice a bit of a lottery but the Dunlop intermediates run well in both the wet and the dry so I stuck with them for the day.
“In the Supertwins race some parts of the circuit were wet and some were dry but I got my head down and was never challenged. It was a fair bit wetter for the 600cc race and a lot of riders did opt for wets but it was drying quickly and that played in to my hands. It was much the same in the two 1000cc races and although they were declared wet races, the safe bet was to again go with the intermediates and it paid dividends.'
"I was definitely a wee bit down after the TT as the results there were not what I was hoping for but I feel refreshed now and the four wins today have certainly raised the spirits. I'm leading seven Championships now - the Irish Open, 600cc and Supertwins series' and the corresponding Ulster ones plus the Duke Road Race Rankings - and it's an extremely busy time of the year for me with one meeting after another so let's hope they're all as good as today!"
The meeting was the start of a hectic ten-week period that will see Farquhar take in no less than 11 meetings with the next race coming this Sunday at the Athea Road Races.
(Picture by Stephen Davison, Pacemaker Press International)