King of the Corner Trophy returns after 10yr absence

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Rodney Mccurdy on his 750 Kawasaki leading Simon Turner in 1996, Image: Maurice Montgomery

ONE of the most iconic short circuit trophies in Northern Ireland is set to return next month after a decade-long absence.

The iconic King of the Corner event, which last ran in its full guise in 2011, will be back at Nutts Corner on July 11.

Launched way back in 1984 by the Mid Antrim 150 Club, the popular feature race ran for 19 years at the Co Antrim circuit before going on sabbatical after the 2011 running, which was won by a certain BMW-mounted Richard Rea, whose brother Jonathan isn’t half bad on the World SBK stage…

Almost 10 years to the day since the last King of the Corner ran, the Irish Minibike Championship is set to revive the trophy for its season opener in five weeks’ time.

The Mid Antrim 150 Club will be sponsoring trophies for the top three finishers of the feature race of the day, for competitors in the Stock 140 (A) class, as well as medals for the top three in each of the junior classes.

In a race which has historically been a battle of diverse machinery, Brian Hewitt was the very first winner aboard a 250 Rotax followed by the late Gene McDonnell on a 500 Suzuki and Geoff McConnell on a 350 Yamaha.

Mike Swann was the most successful King of the Corner trophy winner, scooping victory on five occasions, while Woolsley Coulter took three and Rodney McCurdy took two.

With restrictions gradually being relaxed, chiefs hope that limited spectators will be allowed to attend.

Younger riders such as Lee Hara, Callum Clint, Gary Wilson and more are set to be in the mix as they go up against some of the older competitors including Luke Johnston, Kelan Smith and James Thompson, among others.

The event will feature 21 non-championship races from Bam Bams (six-year-olds and up), Junior Mini GP, Stock 140 and Open classes.

A week later, the IMC then hopes to kick start its 2021 championship series at Kirkistown on Saturday July 17.

Photos attached; Group Photo, from left to right; Matthew Davison, IMC Competitor, Mark Boyd ( Chairman IMC), Davy McCartney Chairman of Mid Antrim 150 Club @ Baylon McCaughey ( Vice Chairperson of IMC), onboard the Scholarship bikes and trophies for the Forthcoming Mid Antrim 150 Sponsored king of the Corner event. Photo; Stuart Castles

Action Photo; Heyday of the King of the Corner meetings, Woolsley Coulter receiving the trophy from the late Frank Semple, and action pic, showing  Rodney Mccurdy on his 750 Kawasaki leading Simon Turner ) obscured), Stephen Thompson and John Creith, all 250 mounted. Photos Maurice Montgomery 

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