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Classy Clifford turns on style in Supersport to claim Wood Memorial Trophy

Motorcycling

By Roy Harris

What a day it was for young Aaron Clifford at Bishopscourt on Saturday.

The 16-year-old from Tara in Co Meath won both Supersport races to claim the Pirelli David Wood Memorial Trophy riding the Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki - the biggest moment of his racing career to date.

With the cream of Ireland's Supersport competitors lined up alongside him, Clifford, who alternates riding at home and in the Thundersport GB and British Supersport series, was in outstanding form winning the restarted race one by 2.075secs after seven laps.

Jason Lynn was second with the next four riders - Nikki Coates (winner of the trophy for the last two years), Christian Elkin, Robert Kennedy and Robert English - finishing nose to tail with less than a second between them.

Coates was forced to ride a borrowed R6 Yamaha in the races having damaged his Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki in a practice spill.

Race two, over nine laps, saw another superb ride from Clifford finishing 1.348secs ahead of Kennedy in second, who had three and a half seconds to spare over Lynn in third.

Robert English was also a double winner of the Wiz/Charles Hurst Motorcycles Superbike races at the IFS backed MCRRCI meeting.

English won the first nine-lap race after a tussle with Coates, taking his IFS backed R1 Yamaha to a two and a half second victory over Coates, who set the fastest lap of 97.016mph on the fourth lap withy Charles Stuart in third position.

Race two saw English stretch his winning margin over Coates to just over four seconds to win the Joe Lindsay Memorial Cup for his efforts.

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