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Kneen impresses in strong showing at Kirkistown

 

By Roy Harris

Dan Kneen prepared for the upcoming road racing season by showing he is no slouch on the short circuit scene, taking two victories at the Belfast and District Club's meeting at Kirkistown yesterday.

The Manxman was once again victorious on his Superstock BMW, taking victory in race one from the Parker Yamaha of Charles Stuart and the Kawasaki of Mark Glasgow.

Kneen came within 0.024sec of the current outright lap record in the second Irish Superbike race on his way to a 4.321sec victory over the impressive Stuart, with Glasgow a further eight seconds back in third.

Korie McGreevy from Ballynahinch was the star local performer when he scorched to a Supersport double riding his IMR 675cc Triumph.

The 19-year-old came home ahead of Irish Supersport champion Jason Lynn (Bell Suzuki) in both races.

In race one Lisnaskea rider Aaron Armstrong, riding another Triumph, was third, while in race two it was teenager Ross Patterson from Antrim.

Gary Dunlop put his crash on Saturday behind him by finishing a close second to near neighbour Kyle Cross in the opening Moto3 (125GP) race.

Simon Reid, son of ex-World F2 champion Brian, was on the podium in the Supertwin Twin class finishing in third position behind Eunan McGlinchey and Marty Lennon.

Meanwhile at Desertmartin yesterday, Graeme Irwin, brother of BSB contender Glenn, dominated the opening round of the Ulster MX1 championship on his Buildbase Honda, taking all three wins to lead the championship on maximum 75 points.

In leg one he was almost a minute clear of Lisburn's Richard Bird with Jim O'Neill third and Neville Bradshaw fourth.

Race two Bird again played second fiddle to Irwin, familiarising himself with the track ahead of the up and coming Maxxis British Motocross championship round at the venue in June.

Irwin was majestic in the third and final leg of the Nutt Travel sponsored series over a minute clear of Bradshaw who relegated Bird to third and O'Neill fourth.

In the Expert MX2 class Jason Meara won the opening two races but had to settle for second in the final race won by Luke Smith.

The action now switches to the opening national road race of the season with the 57th Around A Pound Tandragee 100, which sees practice on Friday afternoon and racing on Saturday with all eyes on the return to racing of Guy Martin.

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