Ryan Farquhar completes hat-trick of Cock o’the North victories

Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  122960a'22/07/12
Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 122960a'22/07/12

Ryan Farquhar ruled the roost yet again at a bright and breezy Oliver’s Mount for the second and final day of racing at the Cock o’the North Continental Road Races.

The 36-year-old raced to his third successive victory in the feature race of the meeting, the Cock o’the North over 10 laps.

Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  122960a'22/07/12

Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 122960a'22/07/12

Bradford’s up-and-coming Dean Harrison led at the end of the opening lap from Dungannon-based Farquhar and Jamie Hamilton, from Ballyclare.

The positions remained the same on lap two, but by lap three Farquhar was in front, and Hamilton retired to pits, letting Kiaran Hankin into third.

By half-distance Farquhar’s lead was up to 1.7 seconds from Harrison and Hankin.

With two laps to go, Ryan had increased his advantage to four seconds over Dean Harrison, who in turn had a 19 seconds in hand on third-placed man Hankin.

Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  122960a'22/07/12

Cock 'O' The North 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 122960a'22/07/12

At the chequered flag Farquhar took the victory by 4.7 seconds from Harrison and Leyland’s Hankin, much to the delight of his many fans by the finish line.

In the first race of the day, the Superbikes, second leg, Farquhar took the victory by 5.88 seconds from Dean Harrison with Ben Wylie third, a further 13 seconds behind.

In the second race, the third leg of the Sidecars the Bells, Ian and Carl, retired on the grid at the end of the warm-up lap, leaving Greg Lambert to head the field for one lap before Conrad Harrison took over to lead the field home to the chequered flag followed by French driver Frank Lelias and Dave Atkinson.

The next race was the first leg of the 600 Supersport class, over eight laps.

With Farquhar leading, the red flags were shown, Ben Wylie came off at Memorial, but thankfully he was okay.

The restart was over six laps and Farquhar led the pack into Mere Hairpin, then the red flag was shown again when Gary Graves and Ivan Lintin collided on the grid, but once again they were unhurt.

The programme moved on to race 14, the Ultra Lightweights (125) and 400cc race, again over eight laps.

Scunthorpe’s Daniel Frear took the win by 9.283 seconds from Kilham youngster James Cowton, with Chris Palmer in third.

Race 12 was next run over a reduced distance of six laps and the prolific Farquhar finished ahead of Michael Pearson and Dean Harrison.

Race 16 was next, the second leg of the SuperTwins over six laps and once again it was ‘Flyin’ Ryan who won from Daniel Frear and Michael Pearson.

Race 15, the second leg of the Supersport 600 race had one notable non-starter, Farquhar, but there was still plenty of drama in one of the more action-packed races of the afternoon.

The red flag was out on the opening lap when the unlucky Ben Wylie and Adam Child had a coming together at the Esses – once again both were okay.

The restart, over the full race distance, eight laps saw Dean Harrison lead from the start and lead at the end of the first lap from Michael Pearson and Daniel Frear.

By lap two Harrison had built up a three-second lead over Pearson, as Frear and James Cowton battling for third only 2/10th of a second apart.

Lap three and the lead was up to six seconds, as the battle for third continued apace.

At the halfway stage Cowton had moved to second, one second ahead of Pearson, with Frear fourth. Harrisons lead was over nine seconds.

Lap five and Pearson was now only 0.200 of a second down on Cowton. By the next lap Harrison had built a 13 second lead over Pearson with Frear third.

At the flag it was Harrison, Frear and Pearson, Frear grabbing second by 3/100ths of a second in a cracking finale.

After Farquhar’s success in the feature race, the next race was the final leg for the Sidecars, and this saw Ian and Carl Bell enjoy a start to finish victory over Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson, with Frank Lelias and Mike Aylott third.

Race 19 was the Lightweights’ second leg over six laps, which gave Chris Palmer a start to finish victory, his 89th race victory at Oliver’s Mount.

Phil Harvey took a well deserved second place with David Guiney third.

The final race of the day, for Non Qualifiers, was red flagged after an incident at Farm Bends.