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Derek Sheils is on the glory trail

By Paul Lindsay

Easter Saturday's Enkalon Trophy winner Derek Sheils will be looking for more success in today's Irish Superbike meeting at Kirkistown, the local track for his Bangor-based team BikeBitsNI.

Sheils had a great battle on Saturday at Bishopscourt with current ISB championship leader Gerard Kinghan, who won the opening Superbike race before finishing fourth in race two on his privately run ZX10R Kawasaki, behind Sheils, Alistair Kirk and Stephen Thompson.

That quartet should again be the front-runners at today's meeting at the Ards Peninsula venue, but also expect to see Antrim's Jamie Patterson in the mix on the Team RPM Performance 750cc Suzuki.

Son of former top-flight racer Alan, young Patterson will also be a serious contender in the Supersport class, which was dominated on Saturday at Bishopscourt by Ballymoney's William Dunlop, who took a double victory aboard the CD Racing/Ivan Curran backed R6 Yamaha.

Patterson posted a second and third place on Saturday at Bishopscourt aboard a 675cc Triumph, with Robert Kennedy and series leader Robert English, also guaranteed to be in the mix today at Kirkistown.

Former Hungarian champion Sandor Bitter, better known for his road racing exploits, will join team-mate Stephen Thompson on BMW S1000RR machinery during today's event, which has attracted an impressive 200 strong entry.

The full race programme for all classes, which includes sidecars, gets underway this morning at 9am with the opening practice sessions and the first race on the grid at 12.30pm, with entry £10 and accompanied Under 12s free.

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