William Dunlop was awarded a thrilling opening Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix after the race was stopped due to an incident on the fourth lap. The Wilson Craig Racing Honda rider had been fighting tooth and nail with Padgetts Honda man Bruce Anstey when the red flag came out and the race was declared a result at three laps.
It was William that grabbed the lead on the opening lap but Anstey was right with him and at the completion of the first 7.4miles, they'd opened up a two-second lead over Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston who were in turn 1.5s clear of Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Daniel Kneen.
At the Windmill on lap two the order was the same with the leading duo continuing to pull away and at the end of the lap, there was just 0.08s between Dunlop and Anstey with Cummins and Johnston now four seconds in arrears. They were maintaining their gap over Martin and Michael Dunlop with Kneen having a lonely ride in seventh and Dan Cooper now up to eighth.
The order remained the same on lap three but going into lap four, Johnston moved ahead of Cummins and both battles looked like they'd go all the way to the chequered flag. However, the red flag came out when two riders in the second group crashed at Tournagrough and the result saw William take another UGP victory with Anstey in second and newcomer Johsnton taking a brilliant third.
Cummins, Martin, Michael Dunlop, Kneen, Cooper, Ian Lougher and Dean Harrison rounded out the top ten.