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Saturday service could prove crucial at Irish clubmans and Irish Superbike championships

By Roy Harris

The MCRRCI and the Killinchy Clubs host the latest rounds of both the Irish clubmans and Irish Superbike championships tomorrow and Sunday at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

Tomorrow is the penultimate round of the Clubmans championship with two races per class plus two national races, which will see many of the competitors for Sunday’s ISB races take to the track in order to get additional track time.

In the ISB series, Marshall Neill (KP Suzuki) has been the man to beat and currently leads the series on 251 points from David Haire on 138 and Brian McCormack’s 124.

Neill will start clear favourite for Sunday’s two races and, if he wins, it will put him in a position whereby it will be his championship to lose with seven races left.

Glenn Irwin (Pro-Nett Safety Services Honda) heads the supersport rankings following three victories at the Mondello Park recently and says: “I broke the British Supersport lap record at Mondello and take a 36 point lead into Sunday’s two races. I will be making a tyre switch to Pirelli ahead of this weekend, so will use Saturday’s two national races as additional practice for Sunday to get used to the new tyres, which I need to use as any BSB races I want to ride in are one make tyre series.”

Jonny Buckley, Kirk Jamison, Keith Farmer and Gary Jeffers will be amongst Irwin’s closest challengers.

There will also be two races each for 125GP, 250GP, Supersport 400, Supertwins, Clubmen and sidecars on Sunday.

In the Clubmans championship races tomorrow, the Bridgestone Tyres Supersport and senior races will be hotly contested with the senior championship on a knife edge as leader Daniel O’Connell and second placeman Paul Dornan are only separated by one point.

The Supersport class usually provides close, fast racing and at the front of the action should be Timothy Elwood, Sean Hurley, Nico Mawhinney, Carl Phillips, Derek McGee and James Cunningham.

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