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Cookstown hat-trick for Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar was in top form on the Orritor course on Saturday

Ryan Farquhar got his season off to the perfect start with a treble in Saturday's Cookstown 100 road races.

The Dungannon rider won a thrilling Open race before claiming victories in the Feature and Supertwins events.

Keith Amor, who won the Supersport 600 race, led the feature race before crashing out unhurt with a lap left, but the Scotsman set a new lap record.

William Dunlop won the 250cc race while his brother Michael took victory in a re-run 125cc event.

Farquhar came in ahead of Conor Cummins and Amor in the Open race with Cummins also second in the Feature race and Gary Johnston third.

Farquhar was runner-up in the Supersport 600 event with Michael Dunlop third.

William just pipped brother Michael by four hundredths of a second in the 250 event, with Barry Davidson completing the podium.

Amor and Farquhar fought out a wheel-to-wheel battle in the feature race before Amor came to grief at McAdoos.

"We were both riding as hard as we could - I hope I don't have to race as hard as that for the rest of the season," said winner Farquhar after the race.

The 125cc race was halted twice because of accidents, which were not serious, and only two laps were completed.

William Dunlop led Michael after that but William did not appear on the grid for the re-run later in the day, leaving Michael to come home from Darren Burns, who is returning to racing after his serious crash at last year's North West 200.



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