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Hat-trick of Pit Bike Championships for Jordan

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hat-trick of Pit Bike Championships for Jordan thumbnailJordan McCord.

JORDAN McCord ended the 2016 race season in the same way as he started, by winning the Winter Series Pit Bike championship at Aghadowey.

McCord, who hopes to race in the British championships next year, took the 300 production Junior Cup Championship (Irish and Ulster) in his rookie season of short circuit racing and topped a closely fought 160 modified Pit Bike Championship finale at a rather damp and foggy Aghadowey on Saturday last.

For McCord, he had to fight hard to stave off the close attentions of another fellow short circuit rookie, Eunan McGlinchey, who, despite riding a 140cc machine, pushed the local rider to the flag and but for a spill in the third race, could well have been a different story for McGlinchey who conceded the championship by a mere 3 points.

Moto cross champion Paul Atkinson junior was third overall ahead of flu victim Nigel Robinson, with another up-and-coming star for the future, Jonny Campbell, who was riding the only two stroke machine in the race. Andrew Smyth, who finished 3rd in the Young Guns championship this year, rode Jamie Hamiltons bike to an impressive 10th overall.

The McCrory brothers were also podium finishers in their respective championships. Shea McCrory showed the form that he has been lacking in recent rounds, by taking a win in a hard-fought final, beating Ken McFarland and champion elect Colin McLaughlin.

Following his victory in the opening race, McFarland was deemed to have been riding dangerously, and was stripped of his win. Not only did this cost him the championship,( by a mere one point!) but it also ruined what should have been a three-way battle for the lead in each race. McCrory took third in the championship, with absentee Michael Owens in 4th place.

In the Junior Gearbox Pit Bike Class, Ajay Carey was the only rider to achieve a 100% winning record, taking the championship with pit bike rookie, Dylan McCrory, despite a non finish in the opening race, thanks to a faulty plug, in second spot, just four points ahead of vastly improved Daniel Crossett. Just another four points adrift was Matthew McCord, who, like McCrory, suffered mechanical gremlins.

Stocktwin rookie of 2016, former moto crosser, Eunan McGlinchey is one to watch for in 2017, moving to the 600 class next year on board a 600 Suzuki. The youngster showed his determination to win, as he wrapped up the 140 Pit Bike Championship. Second went to fellow short circuit rider Jamie Coates, with both guys well clear of third man Ross McCellland

In the 4.2 Minimoto Championship, it was newcomer Rubens Boyd, son of former top 125 rider Mark Boyd, who took four wins on Saturday to secure the Championship from Bradley Moore and Darragh O'Mahoney.

It is looking good that the Pit Bikes will play a supporting act at the David Jeffries Memorial race meeting at the Motor Cycle show next year.

The Aghadowey event has rounded off what has been a very busy season for motorcycle racing in 2016. Certainly, from watching these young riders in action, it certainly augers well for our sport. I hope you have enjoyed all the race reports in the Courier; no doubt we will continue to bring you news every week during the off season.

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