CARL Phillips took another step towards the Ulster Superbike Championship yesterday with another double win at Bishopscourt.
At one point it looked doubtful if any racing would take place as morning practice was delayed for heavy rain which battered the County Down circuit.
But once practice eventually got underway, an oil spill forced the organising Mid Antrim 150 club to delay proceedings even further. As conditions improved slightly, however, racing got underway with all races shortened to five laps.
In the first Superbike race Phillips led from the off and by the end of lap one had opened a comfortable gap ahead of Ali Kirk on his AKR McCurry Racing BMW he eventually took the win by 8.003sec ahead of Kirk, Barry Graham was third a further 1.286 seconds behind. Reigning champion Gerard Kinghan, who was still having difficulties getting the hang of his IFS Yamaha R1 M, was fourth as Gary McCoy completed the top five.
Phillips again took the lead on the opening lap of race two, this time though he was pushed a bit harder by Kirk, the only person to have beaten him so far this year. And with the extra motivation, Phillips’ win this time out was a lesser margin of just under one and a half seconds, with Aaron Armstrong taking third ahead of Barry Graham and Phillips J Mc Roofing team mate Ryan Gibson.
Saturday’s win tally bring Phillips total to a near-perfect nine out of 10 races this season.
And the Superbike leader wasn’t done there – he also had a double win in the Lightweight Supersport races, leaving Scotsman Kris Duncan and Stephen McCeown to a second and a third apiece.
By the time the Supersport class was out conditions had improved greatly and both races were held on a dry track, where Jason Lynn put on another dominant show as he stormed to both race wins.
In race one it was Kia McGreevey who led from the start but an incident on the second lap brought out the red flags.
On the restart again it was McGreevey who got the better launch, his advantage was short lived as Lynn quickly took over at the front – a lead he never gave up en route to winning by just over five seconds from round four’s double winner Mark Conlin, who had got past leader McGreevey, while Christian Elkin was fourth and Michael Owens snagged fifth.
Lynn led from the off in race two, but this time out he couldn’t break away from McGreevy, who hung on to his tail for the entire race as the pair crossing the line with just 1.696 seconds between them. Race one runner-up Conlin was third as Elkin again bagged fourth and Mark Hanna snatched fifth after tight battle for the rostrum.
Cameron Dawson carried on his dominance in the Supersport 300/Junior Cup/Young Guns with another double win.
Jonny Irwin won both the Pre Injection races as Gary McCoy and Joe Loughlin split the Supertwin spoils. Both Production Twin races were won by Mark Abraham.
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