WILLIAM and Michael Dunlop won four races between them as they dominated yesterday’s (Sunday) ‘Race of the South’ at Walderstown.
Michael, on a high after his sensational five-timer at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man last week, won the Open and Grand Final events on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda, with William victorious in the Supersport and 125cc races.
In the Grand Final, Michael enjoyed a comfortable success by 4.2 seconds from William with Brian McCormack coming out on top of a battle with John Burrows to steal the final place on the podium.
“The big bike was working well and William seemed to be in full fitness because he won the Supersport race, so nobody can say I didn’t beat anybody,” Dunlop said.
“I got away in the Grand Final and when I saw William was behind me I put in a couple of hot laps and broke my old lap record.
“I went out on the Suzuki in the Supersport race for the first time since the TT and the wee bike was going okay, but William’s bike was just so fast on the big straight and once he opened it up he just pulled away from us on speed,” he added.
“I’ll be out at Armoy next weekend before the Ulster Grand Prix, which is the big one for us.”
Dunlop won the Open race by almost six seconds from Burrows and Sheils.
William returned to the saddle a week after he sustained a dislocated right shoulder in a high-speed crash at the Skerries 100.
The 26-year-old was ruled out of the Southern 100 meeting at Billown and expected to miss Walderstown and Armoy, but bounced back in style to bag a brace.
He beat Michael by 1.3 seconds in the 600cc race on Wilson Craig’s Honda to justify his decision to make the trip to Co Westmeath.
“My shoulder wasn’t really giving me any trouble except through some of the sections on the big bike in the Grand Final,” he said.
“I didn’t go out in the Open race because the track was still a bit wet and I didn’t want to risk sliding off with my injuries.
“I got into the lead on the second lap in the 600 race and held on from there and the bike was flying, so thanks to the lads for getting it ready in time after Skerries,” he added.
“I made a bad start in the Grand Final and didn’t get away with Michael, but I came through and finished second and our lap times were pretty similar.
“The big bike is going well and it’s ready for the Ulster Grand Prix now.”
William won the 125cc race by 2.7 seconds from Sam Wilson with fellow Ballymoney rider Paul Robinson in third.
Dunlop was denied the chance of a hat-trick at Walderstown after the chain broke on his 250cc Honda on the final lap of the race, allowing Robinson through for the win.