Irwin blooms to take Sunflower Trophy

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Irwin blooms to take Sunflower Trophy thumbnailAndrew Smyth won the Junior Cup championship.

GLENN Irwin made it back to back wins at the JAS Finlay Sunflower trophy races, beating Michael Laverty and Carl Philips in yet another exciting Sunflower Trophy race.

Against the odds, the promoting club ran all races, and even an extra superbike race for the fans who braved the mixed weather conditions.

On the local front, there was plenty to cheer for.

Aughnacloy student, Andrew Smyth, in only his second full season of racing, clinched a very closely fought Junior Cup championship.

Knowing a good finish in the last race would be enough to clinch the championship, Andrew rode a calculated race to finish fifth, enough to give him the championship by a mere five points. In the Ulster championship, he just lost out by eight points.

Andrew competes in a family run team with dad, Kenny himself a former top runner in the 125 Clubmans in the 90s, and has also worked alongside none other than world champion Jonathon Rea.

Next year, Andrew is hoping to further his career on two wheels by contesting the Thundersport series, a championship that fellow local, Cameron Dawson also hopes to contest.

Dawson, (Ulster Champion in Junior Challenge) took second in the Irish Championship on Saturday, only losing out by a mere four points.

Another rookie for 2017 was Jamie Lyons. A former moto crosser, Jamie took third in the Irish Young Guns Championship. Jordan McCord, who participated in the British KTM series, took a second and third in each of his races. Without doubt we have four budding talented riders who each have a bright future in this sport.

Whilst Smyth may have ridden a calculated race, Dean Campbell's championship victory was in doubt until the penultimate corner!

On board the PK Racing Yamaha, Campbell went into this meeting with just an outside chance of victory following a poor showing at St Angelo.

However, in the first race, championship leader Mark Camblin crashed out and went into the final race with a slender one point lead.

It wasn't until the penultimate corner on the final lap that Campbell nipped past a surprised Camblin and held his nerve to the line to take what was without doubt the closest contested championship this year! This was the icing on the cake for PK Racing, who only started this season.

Whilst Campbell may have taken the championship, the star of the races was rookie Gary McCoy.

In his first season of racing, McCoy took second in race one behind Manx Grand Prix hero and former 400 champion, Darryl Tweed, but in race two, Tweed just outsped McCoy to the line, his winning margin a mere 0.21 seconds! Gary took third in the 400 championship.

In the Avon Tyres Production Twins Championship, Adam Crooks moved into second place after arch rival Matthew Campbell crashed out, whilst Kevin Lavery, yet another newcomer this season, took a brace of third placings in the stock twins races. Lavery also took fifth in the championship. McCoy takes third with Crooks in seventh.

In his first season on a superbike, Thomas McAdoo took third in the Irish and Ulster Superbike Cup championships. Thomas also scored his first outright win in this class at the weekend.

Andrew Cairns took third in the Moto 3 Irish and Ulster championships following his good results at the weekend.

Brother Nathan is seventh in both championships, but missed most of the rounds due to a hand injury received earlier in the year.

Jason Lynn clinched the 600 Ulster Championship when he won the first 600 race from Korie McCreevey, who was the winner of the second race.

Darryl Sharkey made it a double in the pre-injection races when he beat his arch rival Jonny Irwin, with Alan Graham taking yet another podium, in what is his final race. Sharkey also clinched the Irish Pre-Injection Championship.

John Holden and Mark Wilkes took the first sidecar race on Friday beating Tim Reeves and Harry Payne by over five seconds, with Irish Champion Dylan Lynch back in third place. 2017 British Champion Tim Reeves took the win in the second sidecar encounter by just over a second from John Holden, Holden however had the fastest lap.

The Loughshinny MCSC sponsored Man of the Meeting award was a close affair, with the award going to Michael Laverty.

Despite all the negative weather forecasts, the 40th Sunflower event, organized by the Hillsborough MCC, ran the full race programme, and all race proceedings were over at 4.30pm, and this was despite a delay before the Sunflower Trophy races, when a power unit failed, not far from the circuit, and there was a delay, before normal service was resumed.


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