Belfast Telegraph

Donald has sights on double

By Jimmy Walker

Cameron Donald, the ‘Melbourne Maestro’ has one eye on the Enkalon Trophy at Bishopscourt on Easter Saturday and another on the North West 200 in May.

Donald, now 31 years old, is entering his fifth season riding in Northern Ireland.

He said: “I'm excited by the support which I receive here and I really would like to win the Enkalon Trophy for I was successful in the race in 2007.

“It’s a hard event to win for it needs a lot of preparation as it’s the first one of the season, but hopefully I have put in enough practice at home in Australia.

“I was also in Spain at the beginning of this month for more testing. At present I am testing tyres at Castle Combe in England and hopefully I will be ready to roll on Easter Saturday.”

The Enkalon Trophy has had a glittering list of winners, among them Alistair Seeley, but this time Donald will have major opposition from New Zealander Bruce Anstey, riding in the race for the first time.

The Australian and the New Zealander are team mates in the outfit run by Hector Neill and both will be out on Relentless Suzukis.

“I would like our team to get off to a flying start,” said Donald.

“But really, my main objective will be the North West 200 as well as the Isle of Man TT.

“As far as the Isle of Man is concerned I scored a double there two years ago and I would like to think I could add to those wins this time.

“I have entered all classes at the North West and my closest finish was second to Steve Platter in the 2008 Superbike race.

“Last year was not one of my best at the North West meeting and, of course, I dislocated my shoulder in a crash at the TT.

“I am hopeful that I'll have better fortune this year for I really like the TT and I would like to add to my Superbike and Superstock successes of 2008.

“You may remember I was leading the Senior race when I was struck by ill-luck and finished second to John McGuinness.”

Donald will be one of the favourites at the Enkalon which has announced an exciting list of competitors including Marshall Neill who at this stage could be looked on as the likely winner as he has a fine record in this type of racing.

Others to look for are Michael Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Mark Johnston, Kirk Jamison and Denver Robb.

There is a total prize fund over the two days — Good Friday and Easter Saturday — of £22,000. The Irish Superbike class has a prize fund of £2,100 for Rounds 1 and 3. Round 2 will feature the Enkalon Trophy and has a prize fund of £2,645 with the winner receiving £800.

Hopefully, Michael Pearson will have recovered from a hand injury he received at the most recent Bishopscourt meeting last weekend.

However, he has made it clear that his number one priority will be Scarborough where he has a fine record including winning the “Cock of North” last year.

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