Amor the man to beat as rivals chase Enkalon success
Scottish ace Keith Amor will be using today's Irish & Ulster Short circuit meeting at Bishopscourt as a warm-up to his international road racing campaign. But the Rig Deluge BMW rider will no doubt have one eye on lifting the coveted Enkalon Trophy, which is again backed by Adelaide Motorcycle Insurance.
The Falkirk man's main competition at the Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland event today will come in the form of another former Enkalon Trophy winner Derek Sheils, aboard the Bangor based company, BikeBitsNI's ZX10R Kawasaki.
It's the 39th running of the Enkalon Trophy and with over 200 entries race fans are in for a real treat. Others in with a shout of taking Superbike honours are Stephen Thompson, Gerard Kinghan, Alistair Kirk, Mark Glasgow and super fast Millingar road racer Derek McGee.
Dundrod's Ryan Rainey also hopes to make his return to racing at Bishopscourt, and with some much needed track time under his belt, he should feature at the business end of proceedings in the Superbike class, which boasts a full grid.
Both legs of the Superbike races will count towards the Enkalon Trophy with the overall winner also collecting a cheque for £500.
Cash rewards will be paid down to eighth place. In the Superbike Cup Class the overall winner will receive the Sam Martin Memorial Trophy.
Long-standing supporters of the Easter event, Walter Bell & Sons Oil Fired Boilers from Carrickfergus, will sponsor the Supersport class, which has a 30-strong entry.
Amor will again be one of the favourites, with Jason Lynn, Christian Elkin, Derek Sheils Connor Parkhill, Mark Colin and Robert English also in the hunt.
There are also full grids in the Supertwin and Production Twin events, once again supported by Slemish Water Coolers.
Other races in the 16-race programme, starting at 11am, include Pre Injection, Moto3, Supersport 400c and 125Gp, as well as Classic Machines and Forgotten Era bikes. Admission is £10 for adults with accompanied children under 16 free of charge.