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Irwin eager to channel NW200 win into British Championship

 

Turning point: Glenn Irwin aims to build on his NW200 victory
Turning point: Glenn Irwin aims to build on his NW200 victory

By Roy Harris

A packed weekend of motorcycle sport sees BSB, British Championship Quadcross, Irish Championship motocross, Ulster Superbike action, TT practice commences and Pre-TT Classic action all to look forward to.

After the euphoria of his fourth North West 200 Superbike race win in a row, Glenn Irwin returns to the bread and butter issue of the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, looking for an upturn in form on his Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

The 29-year-old Carrickfergus rider has a new team-mate for this weekend's triple-header with Spanish ex-MotoGP rider Héctor Barberá deputising for the injured Ben Currie.

"It's good to be going into Donington off the back of our success at the North West 200. It feels like this is a real turning point in the season," Irwin said.

"It's cool to have Héctor as part of the team. I used to watch him on TV, so it'll be good to share a garage with him and learn where I can."

Tyco BMW will be chasing top six finishes with Christian Iddon and Keith Farmer in Superbike and Andy Reid in Superstock 1000, while Ballinamallard rider Josh Elliott will be looking for another podium finish after his Silverstone success. Andrew Irwin will also be hopeful his Honda can guide him into top six.

EHA Yamaha had a difficult North West with Alastair Seeley but, having scored four second place finishes in the opening British Supersport championship, the 'Wee Wizard' will look to go one step higher.

The man they have to beat - Jack Kennedy, the winner of the first four races of the season.

The AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike championship returns to action at Kirkistown tomorrow with the B&D Presidents Cup meeting.

Carl Phillips, the current king of Kirkistown, has yet to taste defeat in the championship and already holds a 72-point lead over Alistair Kirk ahead of tomorrows fourth round.

Expect to see defending champion Gerard Kinghan, currently languishing ninth in the series, challenging at the front tomorrow on the IFS Yamaha and Nico Mawhinney chasing podiums after his Easter Saturday off at Bishopscourt.

Christian Elkin leads the Supersport series, 38-points ahead of non-starter Adam McLean and Mark Conlin.

Practice begins tomorrow morning with a full programme of racing commencing immediately afterwards.

Action on the Isle of Man starts this evening with practice ahead of the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic meeting where Barry Davidson, Brian Mateer and Gary Hutton head a strong local contingent.

Some of Europe's best Quadcross racers land in Northern Ireland this weekend for the second and third rounds of the Cromwell Trucks ACU British Championships at Tandragee MX Park tomorrow and Tinker Hill, Newry on Sunday. Paul Holmes leads the series by 15 points from Mark McLernon.

Tomorrow also sees the MCUI Irish MX championship journey north for round three at Claudy, where the action is sure to be fast and furious.

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