Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Easter Festival Races @ Bishopscourt - Saturday 30th March

Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Ulster & Irish Short Circuit Championship @ Bishopscourt - Saturday 30th March - 37th Enkalon Trophy in association with Adelaide Insurance.

The Easter Festival Races entry’s to date are well up on the same time in 2012 which is very encouraging for the clubs with competitors taken advantage of the discounted entry fee, we can still take entry’s for some events up until Good Friday.

Changes to this year event include it returning to a one day Event and the MCUI Championships now in a single format which so far seems to be a step in the right direction for a new ERA in Short Circuits.

The Enkalon Trophy in association with Adelaide Insurance Services will be contested over two legs of the Superbike races and should have a new winner going by our entry list.

Three reigning Irish Champions return to compete in their classes Thomas Lawlor in 250GP, David Haire in Supersport and Denver Robb in the Superbikes although Denver may only compete at selected events throughout the year.



Superbike class has a superb entry with Denver Robb and his sparring partner from last year David Haire, Nico Mawhinney, Mark Glasgow, Wayne Kirwan, Michael Sweeney and Crumlin’s Stephen Thompson returns to Local racing scene after his incident at the UGP last year. This fourteen wheeler should provide excellent nose to tail racing in the superbikes. Scottish competitor Bruce Birnie a BSB Superstock regular has also confirmed his entry for this class.

The “Enkalon Trophy” in association with Adelaide Insurance, both legs of the Superbike Races count and in the event of a tie the 2nd race decides. Superbike Cup class winner will receive the Sam Martin Memorial Cup.

Walter Bell Oil Fired Boilers Supersport class, defending Champion David Haire leads what can only described as WHOs Who in this class, which must be the favourite class for the closest racing of the day as any one of ten young Gun competitors could win. Nico Mawhinney, Jason Lynn, Carl Phillips, Mark Conlin, Robert English, Jamie Patterson, Timothy Elwood, Robert Kennedy, Drew Jamision and the road race competitors Wayne Kirwan and Michael Sweeney hoping to mix it up. Definitely not to be missed. Both Superbike & Supersport classes have a Cup Championship within them for the less experienced competitors.

250GP class will once again have D&GW backing for their Championship and although numbers have dropped off over the last few years this class still produce excellent racing. 250GPs will run concurrently with the Pre injection class which has grown bigger now in its 3rd Championship year.

650cc Supertwins and Production twins have a mixture of pure road racers and short circuit competitors filling the grid and again will produce great racing throughout the field, this class is a good beginners class with relatively low running costs.

Sidecars will have all the local competitors on the grid for our Easter event which is great to see, with some newcomers to the three wheelers and returning competitors from a few years ago. Andy Kennedy could be our oldest competitor on the day returning to the sport at 68yrs young, European and British Championship competitor John Clarke returns to Bishopscourt. Reigning Champion Dylan Lynch hopes to be on the grid with runner up and veteran Scobby Killough.

Moto 3 class has some of the youngest competitors in the country chasing the wins, Kevin Keys and Kia McGreevy winners of the recent Red Bull under my wings competition with Jonathan Rea and Jeremy McWilliams, Korrie McGreevy, Kyle Cross, Matthew Haslett, Ross Patterson and our local female competitors Melissa Kennedy, Karen Hadden and Elle Forrest will put in the mix for honours. Again Moto3 will run concurrently with a full turn out of supersport 400 machines. 125 Production Class will give under 16yrs two races around the Bishopscourt circuit.

The changes to championship formats will provide fuller grids, closer racing in all classes and with the event back to a one day format spectators only need to travel to the circuit once and will be in for a great full days racing commencing at approx 11am. Practice 9am. Spectator offer - Spectators can benefit from the massive discounted admission charge of £5 including a programme to the event. We have introduced this low charge to encourage families to come and enjoy the day out at one of the UKs best Circuits and a superb exciting motorcycle event with all resources on site.

We recommend that you Come Early enjoy the racing and have a great day out. Bishopscourt Racing circuit has on site catering, toilet/shower blocks with disabled access and viewing areas. There will be a Trophy prize given at the end of the days racing for the overall Podium prize winners in each Class. Promoted by The Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland and the Killinchy & District Motorcycle Club Ltd.

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