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Kneen’s on right track to whack his rivals at Bush

By Paul Lindsay

Cookstown's BE Racing’s in-form Manx rider Dan Kneen will be the star attraction at this weekend’s Bush Road Races in County Tyrone.

And the anticipation surrounding this year’s event is even greater given that it is back on the Irish national road racing calendar after a year in the wilderness, due to rising insurance costs.

Kneen came to the Irish roads as a newcomer back in April, expecting to serve his apprenticeship between the hedges on the national scene.

Now, having won the feature races at Cookstown, followed by a similar performance at Tandragee and yet another Grand Final Open race victory last Sunday at Kells in County Meath, the Douglas-man will be Saturday’s big favourite.

Michael Sweeney, also a double winner at Kells and a team-mate of Kneen in the BE Racing camp, should provide stiff enough opposition for the Manxman and he will also be favourite for honours in the 250cc and Supertwin class.

Mullingar-man Derek McGhee is another rising star between the hedges and the battle between himself and Kneen in the middleweight class should provide some entertaining viewing.

Wilson Craig Racing’s Jamie Hamilton will be looking to spoil the B.E Racing and McGhee party on his Honda machinery and should also be in the mix for Superbike honours.

The European visitors are headed up by Czech rider Michal Dokoupil, his fiancee

Veronika Hankcyova, with Italian visitors Davide Ansaldi and Dario Cecconi both competing on 600cc Machines.

The female entry will be well represented by Yvonne Montgomery, Mellissa Kennedy, Sarah Boyes and Ireland’s Suzy Douglas.

John McClure is the debutant Clerk of Course at Bush with roads closing for practice tonight from 4pm; then on Saturday for a full race programme at 10am.

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