Titles go to the wire for Dunlop brothers
The Dunlop brothers, William and Michael, will spearhead this weekend's County Crest Killalane Road Races, with the Co Dublin event drawing the curtain on yet another Irish Championship season between the hedges.
Michael Dunlop, a quadruple winner at this year's Isle of Man TT, has been slipping in under the media radar of late, but is expected to turn out on MD Racing Superbike and Supersport machinery.
His brother William– with 600cc and 250cc bikes at his disposal at Killalane – is also remaining tight-lipped on his future in the sport, but it is well known in racing circles that not only his current team, Milwaukee Yamaha, are chasing the signature of the affable Ballymoney man for 2014.
Dubliner Derek Sheils currently leads the Irish Superbike Championship by 38 points going into the Killalane Road races over nearest rival Michael Dunlop, and only needs to follow the TT star home on Sunday to take the title.
William Dunlop has a 28-point lead in the Irish 250GP class over nearest rival Michael Sweeney after recording five wins this season to date, but with only 20 points separating him and Irish Supersport series leader Jamie Hamilton – it's anything but over. Discovery of the year Derek McGhee, is just eight points behind Hamilton and he could slip in and steal the title.
One title that KMR Kawasaki's Jamie Hamilton has already wrapped up is the Irish Supertwins' class, with six impressive victories this year. But the youngster will want to end the season on a high and will be one to watch in the Superbike class.
Practice is from 1-7pm on Saturday with Sunday's full race programme commencing at 10.30am. Admission is €15.