Shiels Superbike double lands £500 Trophy win
Dubliner Derek Sheils, who has been concentrating his racing activities on the roads in recent years, claimed the prestigious Enkalon Trophy in association with Adelaide and the £500 top prize at Bishopscourt on Saturday following two impressive rides on his CD Racing Honda.
This was the second occasion that 30-year old Sheils has won the Enkalon Trophy, the last time being in 2004 the year he was also crowned Irish Superbike Champion.
On Saturday the 37th running of the Enkalon Trophy was decided on aggregate over the two national championship Superbike races with Sheils winning both leading from the front.
Marshall Neill had been the pre-event favourite for the MCRRCI and Killinchy Club promotion riding the potent Wilson Craig Hondas, but it just wasn't his day, as he crashed out of the first Supersport race when leading on the third lap leaving 19-year old Carl Phillips (Sandown Yamaha) to take the win. Alan McClean won his first national championship race taking race two.
Impressive riding from 15-year old Conor Parkhill from Eglinton saw him register four victories, winning both Moto3 races on the Bob Wylie Honda that Northampton girl racer Maria Costello is to campaign on the roads in 2013 and then switching to his Triumph to make light work of both Supersport Cup races.
Both Supertwin races saw Conor O'Neill and Trevor Elliott locked in titanic battles, which ended with O'Neill marginally ahead in both when the chequered flag came out.
The action moves up the Co. Down coast today with the Newtownards Borough Council supported Belfast and District Club promotion at Kirkistown where the third round of the Ulster and Irish short circuit championships take place – the Mayor's Trophy the major award on the day. Practice and qualifying is from 9am and racing at 1pm
The off-road action today is at Desertmartin where the opening round of the MRA Ulster Open Championship takes place. Racing is from 11am with three races per class, excellent value for £5 per adult and under-14's free.