GERARD Kinghan has announced his retirement from racing this week as he hangs up his leathers.
One of Northern Ireland’s most successful and best-known short circuit motorcycle racers, the 34-year-old plasterer from Randalstown, Co Antrim, has decided the time is right to take a step back from competition.
An 18-year veteran of the paddock, Kinghan – a popular and well-respected rider around the Irish paddock – claimed the Ulster Superbike championship back in 2018 along with a number of trophies.
His wins included the likes of the Norman Brown Trophy, the Enkalon Trophy and the Leinster 200 Cup at Mondello Park before he finished his final full season fourth in the series aboard the IFS Yamaha R1.
While Kinghan was primarly a short circuit racer, with stints in the National Superstock paddock, he also tried his hand at roads when he competed at the North West 200 in 2014.
“I will certainly miss the racing,” he said. “I have made many good friends over my time in the sport, but I feel it is now the right time to quit.
“I would like to thank all my sponsors, supporters and friends that have helped me over the years. This may be the end of my racing but I will still be around the paddock in the future.”