BRIAN Hamilton increased his FIM MiniGP Ireland Series advantage with a masterclass performance at Athboy this weekend.
The Portadown teen boosted his points lead as the first rider this season to win all three races in a round as the Road to MotoGP-supported series hit the County Meath circuit.
Hamilton, Finnan Wherity and Josh O’Brien had been the only riders to win a race before the August Mondello Park event, but they were joined there by Jack Burrows who took victory in his first go as the four were expected to be the front runners at Athboy.
While race one brought an expected top-four, what was not expected was the manner of Hamilton’s victory. The front runners were unusually spread out as the series leader used his track knowledge to pull clear of Wherity, O’Brien and Burrows, with Matt Davidson just staying on the tail of the fourth placed rider. And at the flag Hamilton took the win by nine seconds from Wherity with O’Brien some 20sec back in third.
Race two followed the same pattern but this time Wherity and O’Brien were able to stay closer to the leader for the early laps. Eventually the race one winner was able to pull clear by seven seconds with O’Brien a further 1 11sec back. Burrow was again fourth, well clear of the battling trio of Davidson, Freddie Cooke and Fionn O’Connell.
The final race of the event was close initially, but as in the previous two Hamilton used his advantage to pull away by the end of the fifteen laps to once again beat Wherity and O’Brien. Cooke got the better of Matt Davidson and Fionn O’Connell for fourth when Burrows retired due to an engine problem, while the trio of wins gave Hamilton maximum points overall with Wherity second and O’Brien third
With his hat-trick in the bag, Hamilton now leads the championship by 13 points from Wherity with O’Brien a further seven back. With a gap of forty seven points to fourth placed Freddie Cooke and a maximum of fifty points on offer from the remaining two events, Hamilton is virtually assured of a top three spot but will still have to work hard to maintain his championship top spot.
The next event on the FIM Mini GP Ireland Series calendar takes place at Kiltorcan Raceway in Kilkenny on Sunday October 3.