Irwin eager to triumph at Ulster for Hamilton
Ivan Lintin has enjoyed back-to-back victories at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, but there are a number of riders who plan to make sure the RC Express Kawasaki ace doesn’t make it a hat-trick next month.
Leading the chase is British Supersport regular Glenn Irwin, who will make his debut for the Cookstown B.E Racing team at the Ulster. And despite it being only his second appearance at Dundrod, the 24-year-old is gunning for a win.
Irwin said: “John Burrows has put a lot of work into the bike and it’s shown massive potential at the North West and the TT with Jamie Hamilton. It’s been setting strong lap times and as much as I’d like to be riding alongside Jamie, I’ll do my best to win for him and the Cookstown B.E Racing boys.
“I’ve now got a year’s experience at Dundrod under my belt on the Supertwin, so I think we’ll be in a really good place come race day Saturday.
“B.E Racing are an experienced local set-up, and there is a real buzz around the team. I thrive off that so I’m excited to be racing for them and we are there to win.”
Hamilton is currently recovering after suffering head, arm and leg injuries following a 170mph crash at this year’s Isle of Man TT.
Meanwhile, the Supertwin class’ growing stature has been highlighted by the fact that respected local company Maxwell Freight Services have decided to title sponsor the class at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix on August 8.
The Crumlin-based haulage firm, who have airbrushed images of Joey Dunlop and Guy Martin on their lorries, are celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Tommy Maxwell, who owns Maxwell Freight Services with twin brother Terry, said: “The Supertwins is always a close battle and we’re pleased to support this year’s event, and the timing is perfect for our 40th anniversary.”