Belfast Telegraph

Andy Reid hangs on to claim third victory of season

By Roy Harris

Andy Reid continued his quest for the British Superstock 600cc championship yesterday at Knockhill in Scotland taking victory in the 22-lap race, his third victory out of five races this season.

Reid and his FXX Yamaha led from the start and had gained a good advantage over his pursuers, but a mistake running wide at the Hairpin on the penultimate lap almost allowed Taz Mackenzie into the lead.

However, with a solid final lap Reid clung on to take the victory and a 37 points lead in the series.

The 20-year old Newtownabbey Tattoo Artist said: “I pushed hard from the start to get a two-second gap and then eased slightly to conserve my rear tyre.

“A few mistakes over the last eight laps with a front brake issue saw the opposition close right in, but I managed to ride a good final lap and we are on top again, exactly where I wanted to be, and I’ve extended my championship lead.”

Reid’s near neighbour Andrew Irwin rode a tremendous race to take fifth position.

In the British Supersport races over the weekend Alastair Seeley and his Mar-Train Racing Yamaha could do no better than sixth position in Saturday’s race cut short because of a light rain shower.

Yesterday, he was only one place better in what was a mistake- strewn race for the title fighters. Saturday’s winner, Graeme Gowland, crashed on lap one.

Seeley ran way wide at the hairpin on lap 17 of the 26 and, in the end, could dice only with Glenn Irwin to be the first Ulster rider home.

Seeley finished fifth with Irwin sixth in a race won by Luke Mossey.

At one third championship distance, Seeley is in third position 50 points behind series leader Billy McConnell with Irwin in fifth position just two behind his Carrickfergus neighbour.

In the British Superbike races there was more frustration for Tyco Suzuki with John Hopkins ninth and 11th in the two races while Josh Waters crashed out of race one and finished 16th in race two.

Championship leader Shayne Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari shared the race victories.

Saturday’s Bush Road Races were a personal success for 23-

year old Jamie Hamilton racing to four wins on the day, setting a new outright lap record of 90.858mph for the 3.3mile circuit and scoring his first wins on Wilson Craig’s Hondas.

Hamilton won the Open, Supertwin and Supersport races by over 20 seconds, but in the Grand Final Manxman Dan Kneen hounded the Ballyclare man throughout, so much so that both were the only riders on the day to top the 90mph mark, with victory going to Hamilton by a tenth of a second.

Meanwhile, Michael Laverty left Assen on Saturday a frustrated man after an error by his pit crew that saw him come in to change bikes from a wet set up to a dry one in changing conditions only to find his second PBM Aprilia not ready for the swap leaving him to finish 21st while his team mate Broc Parkes finished in 11th position having made a successful pit stop.

He said: “Firstly I want to congratulate Broc, his finish shows we had the pace.

“The race could not have gone worse for me. I felt I made the right call to pit for slicks, but unfortunately my bike wasn’t ready.

“I left the pits and joined Broc on the track, but I had to pit again to make the swap and my race was ruined.

“I could have easily scored a handful of points in the tricky conditions.”

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