SUPER GUY SPEEDS TO FOUR-TUNE; ULSTER GRAND PRIX: Martin's Triumph

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SUPER GUY SPEEDS TO FOUR-TUNE; ULSTER GRAND PRIX: Martin's Triumph


Byline: Jimmy WALKER AT DUNDROD

GUY MARTIN - named after Guy Fawkes - stole the show at yesterday's international Ulster Grand Prix when he won an incredible four races and finished second in the other.

The 24-year-old baby faced Lincolnshire Rider, who triumphed in the two superbike races and the two supersport classes, admitted he was stunned by his success.

"Unbelievable," he said, as he gulped the champagne for the umpteenth time. "If someone had told me at the beginning of the day that I would have won a single race I would have argued with them.

"But if they had told me I would have won four I would have directed them to the nearest mental home. It was just one of those unbelievable days that comes just once in a lifetime."

Martin's main success came in the big superbike race in which he was the first man to lap at the meeting at 130mph.

He eventually left the race with a new lap record of 130.54mph after a high speed battle of fluctuating fortunes which saw Martin edge out unlucky Irishman Raymond Porter by 0.2 of a second.

"I'm really delighted at that effort," added Martin. "Ray and I had a real set-to and it was anybody's guess as to who was going to win. I am delighted that I grabbed the record lap but really winning was more important."

Roger Marshall, the former international road-racing star, was Martin's mentor and taught him all he knows. …

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