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Patterson's exploits are maintaining proud family tradition

By Paul Lindsay

Ross Patterson, son of former racer Alan, is currently in a rich vein of form that he hopes to continue into the opening rounds of the Irish 600cc Supersport Championship over the Easter period.

The 20-year-old coachbuilder from Antrim is now in his sixth season of competition, and had a superb start to his 2017 campaign when he took a double and a second place at the opening round of the Mondello Masters series at the County Kildare venue last month.

For the 2017 season, Patterson has joined forces with Kingsbury Racing, alongside Aaron Clifford, riding the 600 Kawasaki as campaigned by fellow Antrim man Nikki Coates last year.

No stranger to circuit racing, Patterson has competed on various European circuits and in 2011 competed in the Junior Cup series where he finished sixth overall and was the first British rider home.

With brother Jamie taking time out of racing, he will be on hand, along with dad Alan, to pass on a wealth of knowledge and experience - and hopefully help the youngest Patterson sibling further his career.

Now fully recovered from a fractured leg that he sustained during a crash at the penultimate round last season at St Angelo, Ross also hopes to take in some Thundersport rounds and potentially some British championship action in the hugely competitive Supersport class.

William Dunlop and Dan Kneen lead the high-class entry list for Easter Saturday's 40th Enkalon Trophy motorcycle road racing event at Bishopscourt.

The Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland have received almost 240 entries for this season opener, which will also see Ryan Farquhar's KMR team field South African Hudson Kennaugh in both the Supertwin and Superbike classes.

The action gets under way from 11am with entry to the circuit just £10 for adults with accompanied under 16s free of charge.

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