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Farmer extends his lead

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Farmer extends his lead thumbnail High flying Keith Farmer at Cadwell Park.

AT the start of the 2017 season, Clogher rider, Keith Farmer was without a ride in the British Championships.

However, just before the first race, he was called upon to act as a stand in for an injured rider in the Team Appleyard 600 race team.

Fast Forward to August, and Famer has continously thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals, another clean sweep at Cadwell Park last weekend saw the Clogher rider take pole, before going on to take a hard earned double, which now gives him an amazing 63 points lead in the championship!.

Jack Kennedy, Edward Allingham and Andrew Irwin are the next trio in the Championship, proving yet again, that home riders have the talent.

At the same meeting, Jordan McCord was in action in the KTM Cup series. After free practice McCord, on his Cadwell debut was 10th quickest, following qualifying, McCord slipped down to 11th.

In race one, the Cookstown rider improved his lap times to finish 10th, and despite taking another 0.8 of a second of his best times, McCord could only muster 13th in this very competitive class.

Back home and the Mondello Masters Championships took place at Bishopscourt, where Alaistair Seeley romped to an easy double on his IFS Yamaha debut.

However, when it came to the Norman Brown race, it was Gerard Kingham who took the honours.

Ross Patterson left it to the last lap in both Supersport races to snatch the win from Jason Lynn, who continues to lead the Championships.

Kevin Lavery, on board the Moria 600 Honda took his first win when he won the second Cup race, he retired in the opening race, Kevin, a former trials rider also finished 6th and 7th in the stock twin races, which were dominated by Eunan McGlinchey.

Local rider Nigel Moore will again tackle the mountain circuit in the Isle of Man ,when he competes in the IOM Classic TT Festival, where practices take place this week, with the Classic festival starting on friday, with racing on saturday and Monday.

Schoolboy Jack Burrows returned to the top step of the podium at the weekend when he thrashed the opposition to win at the latest round of the Bambino class of the TKC Championship meeting at WhiteRiverPark circuit. Jack now lies second in the series with the next round in a months time.

Kennedy impresses DUNDROD'S Robert Kennedy took the Team Sandown Kawasaki to a hard earned 6th place finish at round 8 of the Pirelli National Superstock race at Cadwell Park on Sunday last.

For Kennedy, this was an impressive result, considering the fact, that he had never raced at this particular venue.

In free practice, Robert was languishing down in a lowly 21st place, knocking almost three seconds of his first session lap times, Robert moved up to 13th place.

In qualifying, Kennedy managed to find an extrahalf second, which put him in 8th place on the grid of 33 competitors!.

With his team working hard on a race set up, Robert repaid them with a hard fought 6th place, certainly a more positive result, than those of recent! The result was as good as a win for the small team, and with all the positives from the weekend, they can now look ahead to the next round, which will take place at Silverstone, Northants on 8th/10th Se ptember Speaking after the race Robert Kennedy said: "I Didnt know what to expect going into this weekend, as I had never been to Cadwell Park before. But thanks to a hard working team, we made great progress as the weekend went on.

"I was over the moon with my qualifying place.

"In the race itself, I made a great start and tried to go with the leading bunch, but to be honest, I didn't have the track knowledge to stay with them, but, Im over the moon with 6th place, and really buzzing now, Can't wait for next round at Silverstone."

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