Ulster GP: Anstey shoots to first ever Dundrod Superpole win

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Bruce Anstey took the Valvoline Padgetts RC213V-S to pole position for this afternoon’s two Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races in the first ever running of a one-lap ‘Superpole’ on the Dundrod circuit.

The one-lap each qualifying session was due to take place on Thursday evening, but with inclement weather hindering the schedule it was originally canned, until organisers then decided to reschedule it to run after this morning’s Supersport race.


Dan Kneen was first away, but it was Conor Cummins who stormed to the top of the timesheet after his flying lap. Ian Hutchinson would then move top with his time, before being displaced by a flying Bruce Anstey, who came within 0.4mph of his fastest ever lap of the Dundrod circuit with an average speed of 133.551mph. 

It was then down to Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop to topple Anstey, but neither could come close to the New Zealander as they placed third and second respectively.


  1. Bruce Anstey – Valvoline Padgetts Honda – 133.551mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – Hawk BMW – 132.444mph 
  3. Peter Hickman – Gbmoto Kawasaki –  132.304mph 
  4. Ian Hutchinson – Tyco BMW – 132.218mph
  5. Conor Cummins – Honda Racing – 131.347mph
  6. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 131.276mph
  7. Dan Kneen – MarTrain Yamaha – 130.536mph
  8. Gary Johnson – ECC Racing BMW – 130.460mph
  9. Derek Sheils – Cookstown BE Suzuki – 129.772mph
  10. William Dunlop – ICC Racing Yamaha – 129.721mph

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing