Coates has David Wood Memorial mission
The third annual IFS David Wood Memorial Races take place today at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, near Downpatrick, where Antrim's Nikki Coates will be hoping to retain his crown aboard the Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki.
As the man who introduced Supersport machinery to local racing under the well-known guise of the Regal Championship, it is a fitting tribute that the 600cc class will headline proceedings as a tribute to Wood - who was best-known to all and sundry as Joey Dunlop's larger than life personal manager.
The prize fund for today's event comes to an impressive £12,000 and in the feature David Wood Memorial Race, the winner will receive £1,500 and a set of Pirelli tyres.
Arai Helmets, another product that Wood introduced to Irish racing, will supply the Man of the Meeting prize; a Chaser helmet and £300.
Sadly, reigning Irish Superbike champion Ryan Rainey will not be on the grid after announcing his retirement earlier this week, but his IFS team-mate Robert English will compete.
Qualifying gets under way this morning from 9am, with a 16-race programme scheduled to commence at midday.
Admission is just £10 for adults and children under 14 get in free of charge.