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Christian Iddon fired up for debut ride in the Sunflower Trophy

By Paul Lindsay

Published 12/10/2016

Bishopscourt return: Christian Iddon will make his Sunflower bow on Saturday week
Bishopscourt return: Christian Iddon will make his Sunflower bow on Saturday week

British Superbike star Christian Iddon is ready to lock horns with defending champion Danny Buchan and local ace Glenn Irwin when he makes his Sunflower Trophy debut at Bishopscourt with Tyco BMW on October 22.

The Stockport-based racer last competed at Bishopscourt during his British and World Supermoto tenure almost 10 years ago, but doesn't see his lack of track knowledge as a hindrance, despite having to challenge BSB rival Buchan and Irwin for the iconic Sunflower Trophy Superbike title.

"I've ridden the top half of the circuit with an added chicane and a dirt section in my Supermoto days," said Iddon, the former multiple British champion and world number three.

"This time around I'll not be aiming to ride on any of the dirt," he joked.

"The goal is to come and challenge Glenn and Danny and have a bit of fun as it's an event I've always wanted to race at," he said of the end of season showpiece, promoted by the Hillsborough & District Club.

Iddon has had an up and down season in Hector and Philip Neill's official BMW team and despite this weekend being the final round of the 2016 BSB season, the Sunflower will be a good opportunity for the 30-year-old to grab some new fans - and possibly encourage the Neill family to secure his services for 2017.

"I might not be a local rider, but I am riding for the local team," smiled Iddon, who is hoping that the partisan Irish crowd will take to him to their hearts as well as they have with the likes of Tom Sykes, Bruce Anstey, Michael Laverty and Ian Lowry in TAS racing colours over the years at the Sunflower.

Looking ahead he said: "The aim is to make the most of the practice sessions and get to grips with the Bishopscourt track. I've no doubt we can be competitive and with so many great stories of success coming from the team, the goal has to be to add my name to that long list of great winners on the Tyco BMW."

TAS Racing's last win at the Sunflower Trophy was back in 2011 with Michael Laverty, and team manager Philip Neill will be hoping Iddon can make it six wins for his team in the event's premier race, and in turn, stop the dominance of Buchan who is gunning for win number three.

"As long time supporters of the event and the promoting club, we are happy to be able to come back this year with Christian Iddon," said Philip Neill.

"As a newcomer to the circuit, track time will be crucial for Christian so, fingers crossed, we get a dry day for practice. But he's a capable lad and I'm sure he will do a good job for us and give both Buchan and Irwin a good run in the Superbike races."

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