OVER 200 riders are set to descend on Bishopscourt next Saturday as Ulster Superbike Championship bosses are gearing up for the annual Enkalon Trophy races.
Now in its 43rd year of action, the historic event boasts Robert Dunlop, Phil McCallen, Ray McCullough and more among its winning ranks.
Ireland’s longest running motorcycle racing trophy will feature a 16-race programme, highlighted by the Superbike scraps, which will be contested over two 10-lap races with the top overall points scorer bagging the prize.
But it will be a task for anyone tossing their bid in as a number of big names are set to do battle.
Reigning Ulster Superbike Champion Gerard Kinghan will be out aboard his IFS M1 Yamaha, along with BMW riders Ali Kirk, past winner David Haire, Brian McCormack and Shaun Anderson.
But they’ll all have to contend with a host oc challengers including championship leader Carl Phillips on his JMC Kawasaki, Adam McClean, Barry Graham, Stephen McAdoo, Nico Mawhinney, Ryan Gibson, Jonny Harvey, Aaron Armstrong, James Kelly, Gary McCoy and Stephen Magill.
Joining them will be Derek McGee, who returns to Bishopscourt after his successful 2018 triple road race championship wins.
In the Supersport class, McGee, McCormac, McLean, Christian Elkin, Mark Conlin, Derek Craig, Jack Waring, Darren Keys and Marty Lennon are set to be the main contenders in this class.
The Supertwins class also has a strong entry with several riders threatening to take the win including Lennon, McCoy, Ross Irwin, Denver Robb, Cahal Graham, Kevin Lavery and Dave Butler.
Easter Saturday also caters for the Supersport 300s, Young Guns and Junior Cup classes, as well as Production Twins, Moto 3, Pre Injection, Sidecars, Lightweight Supersports and the Cup classes.
Adults will be admitted at £10 per person admission and under 12s go free. Bishopscourt will be open from 4pm Friday for paddock set up and overnight camping is available at no extra cost.
*Image: Derek Wilson