William gets on Podium at Armoy

It was a wet weekend at Armoy with constant downpours of heavy rain but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors. William who was at what is considered his home circuit was certain to be one of the favourites but William has been rebuilding his Caffreys Yamaha R6 since his last outing on it at Walderstown. The machine was just giving some problems and the team have been working on it to make sure it is ready for the Ulster Grand Prix. William did however bring both his Temple Golf Superstock and Superbike machines.

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Friday saw many of the practice qualifying sessions stopped and restarted due to the amount of rainfall but luckily enough the rain had eased and the brisk breeze had dried the 3 mile circuit for the superbike practice. William chose his Superstock for the qualifying session, as he was more than happy with the setup of the superbike and pushed hard to achieve a qualifying time of 151.699 seconds with an average speed clocked at 96.946mph. This was enough to put William on second place on the grid next to his Brother Michael who had got himself on pole.

Saturdays weather was very much the same as the day before and again luckily by the time the Toquetronix Superbike race was ready to go the rain had stopped for a while but the tack was still damp in places, William who again had chosen to take out the Stocker opted for wet tyres. It was Derek McGee who led the race for the first 4 laps chased down by Michael Dunlop, William who had got caught up in race traffic was sitting in 6th place behind Paul Jordan, and William however fought his way forward eventually finishing in 4th place. William who is his own biggest critic wasn’t happy with himself but was fired up for his next race. The last race of the day and the one all the fans were waiting for was the Roadside Race of Legends. This time William mounted the Superbike and again William along with almost all the other riders had chosen to ride on the wet tyres again with the damp roads, his brother Michael however kept his tyres hidden from the rest of the field until the last possible moment before the team removed the tyre warmers to reveal that Michael had opted for intermediate front and a wet rear. It was Michael who led from the start of the seven lap race and although he stretched, the lead with each lap to the delight of the fans there was an epic battle going on behind for 2nd place between William, Derek McGee and Micko Sweeney. It was eventually William who got the 2nd place on the podium with just over half a second in front of Micko making it a 1st and 2nd for the Dunlop brothers. William however was felt he had let himself down by saying he hadn’t used the Superbike as he thought she was all set up, but after the warm up lap found he had to fight with the ‘big bike’ but there was no time to make changes, also saying that he ‘was disappointed to get second place as he hadn’t come here to lose’, when reminded he had got a respectful second, he reminded people that second was the first loser.

William of course was being over hard on himself as he had put in a great race and is still certainly one of the fans favourites. William who is now looking forward to the UGP knows what he has to do. Again the team worked brilliantly all weekend to back William and will continue to do so to make that the R6 is ready to go with the rest of the machines for the Ulster.

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