Carl Philips increased his lead in the Ulster Superbike Championship and lifted the Neil Robinson Trophy this weekend with a double victory at Bishopscourt.
Having only suffering one defeat so far this season, the JMC Roofing Kawasaki rider notched up another two wins at the Mid Antrim 150 club event.
He did, however, have to withdraw from Saturday’s Superbike race, which was won by the reigning USBK champion Gerard Kinghan.
The organisers stopped the first race after three laps as rain started to fall and conditions became too dangerous to continue. On the restart, Ryan Gibson shot to the front but his moment of glory was short lived when he crashed out at turn two, bringing the red flags out for the second time.
After a rescheduling of the programme, the third attempt at running the race got under way. Starting well down the grid, Phillips wasted no time making up the lost places and within two laps was in command at the front of the field.
But in the second half of the five lap race it was Saturday winner Kinghan who was setting the pace as he closed in on Philips, but his efforts came too late and Philips took the win o.359sec ahead of the IFS Yamaha R1.
Waterford man Brian McCormack finished in third a further 5.5sec behind. Ali Kirk, the only man to have beaten Philips so far this year, was fourth and Gary McCoy closed out the top five.
In the feature Neil Robinson Memorial race, Phillips’ BSB experienced showed as again wasted no time in making his way to the front. This time, he was closely followed by Kirk and Kinghan in a formation that lasted the entire 12 laps of the Co Down circuit.
At the flag, 1.75sec separated the leading trio as McCormack finished in fourth some 16 seconds adrift of the leaders with Jason Lynn fifth – the first of the Supersport riders across the line.
Lynn also had a strong weekend on his Walter Bell Yamaha R6, winning all three Supersport races and mixed it with the front runners in two Superbike races, finishing in fourth and fifth place in the two outings and lifting the trophy for first 600 across the line in the Memorial scrap.
Christian Elkin won two out of the three Supertwin races as Gary McCoy thwarted his dominance in the Donny Robinson Memorial race. Adam Crooks had two wins out three starts in the Production Twins races with Mark Abraham winning the third. Gareth Mackey had a hat trick of wins in the Superbike Cup races.
In the combined Moto3/Lightweight Supersport/250GP races, 14-year-old Rossi Dobson shared the honours with Gary Scott as Dobson won two of the Moto3 races to Scott’s one.
Stephen McKeown narrowly missed out on a hat trick when Alvin Griffin beat him to the flag by 0.36sec in one of the Lightweight Supersport races. Jonny Campbell had three comfortable wins in the SS300 races.
*Images: Derek Wilson