RIDERS descended on Bishopscourt this weekend as the annual Sunflower Trophy Races rounded out the season with solo and sidecar action on tap.
The Sunflower Junior trophy for Supertwins was won by the Aghadowey hotshot Eunan McGlinchey on the McAdoo Kawasaki, along with veteran Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki as the duo swapped positions throughout the race with the time difference at the flag being a mere fifth of a second.
Third place went to the 15-year-old Dungannon rider Cameron Dawson, out for the first time on the KMR Kawasaki, a bonus for his performances in the Junior Supersport class at BSB. Dawsons performances certainly outlines this youngsters potential. Ryan Gibson ( KMR Kawasaki) took fourth ahead of Denver Robb (Glenvine Kawasaki) and Darryl Tweed competing the top six on the Trison McMullan Kawasaki.
In the Production Twin ranks just behind, Darryl Anderson and Matthew Abrahams split wins with Mark McGowan just behind each time.
Kilmacrenan’s Richard Kerr, the current Moto 3 lap record holder at the Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, was the double winner of the 600 Supersport races aboard the Campbell Motorsport Triumph as he qualified on pole before the opening race was stopped due to an incident ahead of a four-lap sprint restart.
Kerr took the lead, hotly pursured by McGlinchey before the latter retired on lap three, allowing Ross Patterson (RPMMoto.com/Mayfair Hon) Kawasaki into second ahead of Alaistair Seeley, who was riding through the pain barrier to take third on the IFS/YRP Yamaha. The top six was competed by Kia McGreevey, Jonny Campbell and TJ Toms.
Shrugging off the effects of his big crash at Brands Hatch last week, Kerr went on to make it a double, when he beat McGlinchey in race two, with Patterson again on the podium, ahead of Seeley, Simon Reid and TJ Toms. This time it was McGlinchey who set the fastest lap.
Cameron Dawson made it a double in the Supersport 300 class when he took a 14sec win from rookie Rossi Dobson and Andrew Smyth. James McManus, still recovering from a foot injury not helped by a last lap spill in yesterday’s race, took fifth ahead of Jack Ferris.
Logan Turner from Scotland made it a double in the Young Guns when he beat Eclispe Racing’s Karl Lynch and rookie Alexander Rowan.
Scott McCrory topped the Junior Cup from Martin Burnett and Andrew Kerr, younger brother of 600 winner Richard.
Curtis Trimble, on board the all new Tianda TDR300, put in another strong performance as he showcased the Ulster SBK’s newest addition – next year’s Moto One class.
Scott Swann ( IFS /Team Swann KTM) scored a double win in the Moto 3 class. In the opening race, it was second place man, the 2019 USBK Moto 3 champ Gary Scott ( Oakmore Contracts/IMC Honda) who set the fastest lap.
Third went to Manx Grand Prix winner Andy Jackson. Unfortunately in race two, Jackson’s machine blew up whilst Scott had to settle for third as rookie Dobson took second on the Bob Wylie Honda, Dobson had fuel problems in race one when he finished fourth. One of the fancied runners, Jamie Lyons ( C&M Motors Honda) crashed out of race one, and was unable to start race two.
Stephen McKeown did the double in the Lightweight Supersport race on board the McKillop Kawasaki, second each time was Luke Houston, whilst Peter Fletcher ( BayView Kawasaki) and Scott Russell ( BP Foods NI) Kawasaki shared a third place each.
Michael MacKinnon did the double in the Pre Injection class with Jack Oliver and Paul Demaine each taking a second place each. Third places were shared by Demaine and Dermot Cleary.
Daniel Ingham and Aaron Uprichard were the winners of the Superbike Cup races while MacKinnon scored yet another double in the 600 Cup class.
In their first appearance at the circuit, Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie scored a dominant double win in the Sidecar ranks – winning by some 21sec on Friday before a 15sec win yesterday ahead of Peter O’Neill and Brian Butler, with Derek Lynch and Anthony McDonnell in third. But with a bike gremlin hitting Crawford and Hardie and forcing them to sit out of race three, it was O’Neill/Butler who took top spot from Dylan Lynch with Mark Gash in the chair, and third going to Dan Knight and Ben Hughes.
*Images: Derek Wilson