ALISTAIR Kirk made the most of his trip over the Irish Sea as he lifted the Anglesey Grand trophy in winning fashion this weekend.
The BMW rider, who had been one of Alastair Seeley’s closest contenders in the Ulster SBK series this year, scooped the top prize at the Wirral 100 club’s final event of the season as well as part of the sweet £2,000 cash purse.
W100’s final race meeting of the year marked the 29th anniversary of the Club’s first meeting at Anglesey, and as well as the final races in the Club’s abbreviated 2021 campaign as the Grand was run over two legs on Sunday.
Making his debut in the prestigious Grand meeting, Kirk led the way in qualifying 0.7sec ahead of Mallory specialist Louis Dawson on his Aprilia 1000, who had won the previous Grand in his own debut in 2019.
John Robb, winner of the Grand some 12 years ago, was back on form and running a close third in practice as TT specialist Jamie Coward – after writing his bike off at the last W100 meeting (which featured in Issue 26 of UK Clubsport magazine) – was the fastest of the 600s.
At the start of the first leg, Kirk took the lead and was never headed in the entire 25-mile scrap, winning by a comfortable eight seconds from Dawson with Robb a further seven back in third. Local man Joey Taylor snatched fourth and was followed home by the best of the 600s, Jamie Coward and Barry Dimelow.
Kirk’s fastest lap in the 1st Leg brought him pole position for the second and final leg, which was very much a mirror image of the first with he, Dawson and Robb in their same positions and Coward again the best of the 600’s.
With prize money down to eighth place in the two legs there was plenty of close racing throughout the field and all credit goes to each of the 29 invited riders for putting on a strong show for the large crowds.