Manxman Dan scorches to landmark Enkalon Trophy
Racing was fast and furious in the 40th running of the Enkalon Trophy race at chilly Bishopscourt where Manxman Dan Kneen added his name to the famous silverware, first raced for in 1977 at Aghadowey and won by legend Raymond McCullough.
Riding his DTR Penz.com Superstock BMW, Kneen quickly hit the front, from pole, in the opening Irish Superbike race, easing clear to take the chequered flag 1.689secs ahead of Randalstown rider Gerard Kinghan (Kawasaki), Alistair Kirk (BMW) and South African Hudson Kennaugh, making his debut on the Ryan Farquhar KMR-IEG BMW.
In the second race, after a red flag stoppage, Kennaugh, quickly adapting to the 1.82-mile track, scored his first ever Irish race victory in the four-lap restart, two-tenths of a second clear of Kneen with Kinghan in third position, one and a half seconds clear of Mark Glasgow.
Kneen, with a win and a second position, took overall victory for the £1,000 cheque and Enkalon Trophy.
Best Supersport competitor was Antrim's Ross Patterson on his Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki who was fifth in both races.
Kneen, the first Manxman to lift the Enkalon Trophy, said: "I am delighted to win this particular trophy. I have always enjoyed racing at this track and to get a win under my belt ahead of the roads is a real confidence boost."
The opening nine-lap Supersport race saw current Irish champion Jason Lynn sweep to victory on his Walter Bell Suzuki, three and a half seconds clear of Christian Elkin who was a quarter of a second ahead of Korie McGreevy and Mark Conlin.
Ross Patterson, 10th in race one, made amends second time around when he took the chequered flag three-tenths of a second ahead of Lynn with Aaron Armstrong getting the better of Elkin and McGreevy for third.
Mark Hanna dominated both Supertwin races in which Hudson Kennaugh finished second and fourth on his KMR-IEG ER6 Kawasaki, while in the Production Twins, Eunan McGlinchey (Suzuki) was a double winner and in the Moto3 (125GP) and Lightweight Supersport races there were double race wins for Cathal Graham and Darryl Tweed respectively.
The two-wheel tarmac action switches to Kirkistown today with the B&D Mayor's Trophy meeting where Kneen and Kennaugh will once again hope to be amongst the front runners. Racing is from 1.00pm.
Off-road sees the opening round of the Ulster Motocross Championship at Desertmartin where British Championship runners Graeme Irwin and Martin Barr top the bill on their Buildbase Hondas. Racing starts at 11.00am.