Joy and despair for local lads at Masters

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Joy and despair for local lads at Masters thumbnailMixing motocross with tarmac is Jamie Lyons who secured his first podium success at Mondello Park on Saturday last.

LOCAL riders were in action at the Mondello Masters meeting last weekend.

Team PK Racing made their debut at Mondello Park and Dean Campbell took a win in the 400 class, with rookie Gary McCoy taking third in the opening stock twin race.

Cameron Dawson overcame a poor start to take second in the opening race, Dawson went on to take another second place in race two, less than half a second behind race winner Brendan Glover, but was unfortunate to crash out of the final race when leading.

Cameron was taken to hospital fas a precaution but was released after a check up.

For young Jamie Lyons, the transition to tarmac from moto cross is certainly improving as the plucky youngster took his first mondello podium on Saturday.

On Sunday he just missed another podium finish by one hundredth of a second. Andrew Smyth, having his first outing since his Kirkistown spill, may not have got the results he wanted, taking fourth and two fifth placings, but more importantly, set his best ever times for the circuit.

Richie Ryan, the elder statesman of Irish short circuit, in his debut season on board superbikes, was in a league of his won as he blitzed the opposition to take three wins from three starts.

Making a return to Irish racing was Robert English, winner of this series in 2017, now racing in the British Championships, English took second in each race.

Stephen McAdoo, the only local rider in the superbike class took 11th, 12th and 13th.

The 600 class again produced close and exciting racing, Jason Lynn was a double winner with Korie McGreevey taking the third race, less than a second covered the top trio each time out!

Eunan McGlinchey took the cup wins in two races, along with an impressive third overall in race two, but crashed out in race three.

Before this, McGlinchey showed why he is hottest property in short circuit racing by taking three overall wins in the supertwin races on his stock based machine.

Newcomer to racing this year, Cookstowns Gary McCoy took third in the opening stock twin race along with 5th and 9th in his other outings.

In the 400 races, Dean Campbell, who was making his Mondello debut, took 5th spot despite clutch problems,

With a new clutch for race two, Campbell took a hard fought second place, but was elevated to a win as the winner was given a time penalty for flag infringements.

Unfortunately in race three, his machine was overheating and he could only muster fifth ahead of team mate McCoy who overcame a poor start to finish sixth.

Jonny Campbell was a treble winner in the Junior Cup class winning from Edward Keogh with Oisin Maher sharing third with Ryan Desmond, son of former manx grand prix rider, Brendan Desmond.

Following the morning races on Sunday, most of the competitors, solo and sidecar drivers, took to the circuit for a Lap of honour in memory of the late Alan Bonner who so tragically lost his life at the recent Isle of Man TT races.

The Irish road race championships return this weekend, with the annual Skerries event.

Roads close on Friday at 12 noon for the practices, with roads closing on Saturday at 9.30am for a 13 race programme.

Top riders in action include Derek McGee, Derek Sheils, Adam McLean, Andy Farrell and Nigel Moore.


Two Stroke Supporters Club

The 'Strokers' will hold their Annual Skerries fundraiser in Ollies Place in Skerries on Saturday, 1st July, with tickets available on the door at €10.

There will be two door prizes of €50 for tickets purchased, as well as a house raffle. Doors open at 8pm, and as usual this should be a great finale to the Skerries weekend. 

The event features the outstanding motorcycle racer Alastair Seeley and is expected to attract considerable interest to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's Carrickfergus Museum - especially so as it is being staged in the rider's hometown.

 "On display will be bikes, leathers, helmets, trophies and other memorabilia alongside photographs and film of the rider known as the 'Wee Wizard'.

"The highlight of the exhibition will be an exclusive event, 'An Audience with Alastair Seeley', which takes place at 7pm on Wednesday, 5 July at the museum.

The event is heavily subscribed already as interest is high after bike fans of all ages were invited to apply for free tickets.

The exhibition 'Alastair Seeley: King of the North West 200' is to be on display at the Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre and will run from 1 July - 31 August.


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