Masters victory saved for a Rainey day
Ulstermen Ryan Rainey and David Haire took the Adelaide Masters' Superbike race victories at Bishopscourt, with Haire winning race two and the coveted Norman Brown Memorial Trophy on his SlidersUK Ducati.
For Rainey, his top step marked his return to Irish Superbike racing in what is regarded as the premier series in the 32 counties, exactly eight years to the day after taking a premature decision to hang up his leathers.
And for David Haire - undoubtedly one of the nicest guys in the paddock - to win the Norman Brown Memorial race, ended a great day for local motorcycling. The Lisburn man said afterwards: "I'm so happy and privileged to get the chance to add the Norman Brown Trophy to the other famous trophies I have won. We got a second rate tyre in race one, but in race two I nailed it and checked out." Haire was third in race one behind Rainey and Nico Mawhinney.
Haire's race two win was well received, but second placed man Derek Sheils, who was fifth in race one, took a step closer to lifting the 2015 Adelaide Masters title with his two solid results for Bangor based team BikeBitsNI Kawasaki.
Sheils arrived in County Down with a 100% record in the Superbike Series but did not adapt as quickly as some of the other frontrunners to the fast Bishopscourt track. In saying that, the Dubliner now has an almost unassailable 60 point championship lead over Randalstown racer Gerard Kinghan (4th and 3rd in the two races at Bishopscourt) as they head to the final three races at Mondello Park on October 4th.
The Supersport racers for once had to play second fiddle to the Superbikes in terms of entertainment as their races were a little less frantic than what we have come to expect this season.
Nikki Coates took pole for both races but, despite his speed, came away from Bishopscourt with nothing to show for his efforts. A fall in race one and disqualification from race two, for ignoring a red flag, handed two race wins to Conor Parkhill which was enough to take the championship battle to the final event of the season.
Championship leader Robert English took two more podiums to edge towards his first Adelaide Masters crown and now needs just 14 points at the final event to secure the title.
Superbike Race 1 - 8 Laps: 1 Ryan RAINEY 09:10.42, 2 Nico MAWHINNEY 09:10.85,3 David HAIRE 09:16.23, 4 Gerard KINGHAN 09:16.48, 5 Derek SHEILS 09:16.76, 6 Cody NALLY 09:24.64
Superbike Race 2 - 8 Laps: 1 David HAIRE 09:11.71, 2 Derek SHEILS 09:14.72,3 Gerard KINGHAN 09:14.94, 4 Ryan RAINEY 09:15.27, 5 Peter MOLONEY 09:27.38,6 Thomas O'GRADY 09:27.81
Supersport Race 1 - 8 Laps: 1 Conor PARKHILL 09:26.93, 2 Robert ENGLISH 09:27.05, 3 Jamie PATTERSON 09:27.32, 4 Christian ELKIN 09:37.32, 5 Aaron ARMSTRONG 09:37.51, 6 Luke JOHNSTON, 09:38.11
Supersport Race 2 - 5 Laps: 1 Conor PARKHILL 05:54.95, 2 Jamie PATTERSON 05:55.10, 3 Robert ENGLISH 05:55.14, 4 Aaron ARMSTRONG 05:55.45, 5 Christian ELKIN 05:59.11,6 Michael REA 06:05.04