William and Michael Dunlop treated their home fans to a thrilling opening race at the SGS International Armoy Road Races on Friday evening.
It was 30-year-old William who held off a late charge by his determined younger brother to win by only 0.007 seconds in one of the closest finishes ever seen at the three-mile course. Dublin’s Derek Sheils completed the top three.
First4Printing Supersport Race (5 laps)
1 W Dunlop (Yamaha) 10m 42.521s
2 M Dunlop (Yamaha) +0.007
3 D Sheils (Honda) +1.790
4 D Kneen (Yamaha) +3.740
5 C Elkin (Triumph) +19.516
6 M Sweeney (Yamaha) +19.893
7 M Dokoupil (Yamaha) +25.447
8 J Cowton (Honda) +25.940
9 A McLean (Triumph) +26.434
10 A Farrell (Honda) +28.562
Fastest lap: M Dunlop 103.713mph