Carl Phillips gets off to flying start
Lisburn rider Carl Phillips caught the eye with an impressive double victory as the 2011 motorcycling season burst into action at Bishopscourt with over 150 competitors lining up for the opening round of the Irish Clubmans championship.
Phillips (18) scored in the Bridgestone Tyres supersport races, setting a new class lap recird in the second.
In the Bridgestone Tyres open Clubmans class, race one saw a ding-dong battle between Nico Mawhinney riding an ex-TAS Suzuki and Paul Swords.
However after Mawhinney had taken the chequered flag ahead of Swords both riders were disqualified for separate yellow flag infringements with defending champion Daniel O’Connell. declared the victor.
In race two Mawhinney made no mistakes, leading from start to finish on the Team Polaris Suzuki.
Kirk Jamison from Newtownards took the opportunity to get in some valuable track time prior to the Easter Irish Superbike round, also at Bishopscourt, and won the nine-lap national race by over two seconds from Johnny Buckley (600cc Yamaha) who recorded the fastest lap of the race.
The chance of a double for Jamison was thwarted when organisers decided to cancel the final race of the day in gathering gloom. Scott Thompson was a double winner of the inaugural Pre-Injection 600cc races.