A top quality entry headed by the Wilson Craig Honda duo of Cameron Donald and William Dunlop will line up for the first three rounds of the 2012 Irish Superbike Championship at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit outside Downpatrick today and tomorrow.
This Easter Festival of racing promoted by the MCRRCI and Killinchy Club includes the 36th running of the prestigious Enkalon Trophy Race in association with Adelaide Insurance tomorrow afternoon.
Donald will be looking to reclaim the trophy he won 12 months ago.
In fact the Australian had a field day last year at this two-day meeting, winning no less than six races and remaining undefeated in both the Supersport and Superbike events. Using the Easter weekend as warm-up for their impending road race campaigns, Donald and Dunlop are equally competent on the short circuits.
However, they will come under intense pressure from the ISB regular runners including ex-champion Brian McCormack (Dowd Honda), Denver Robb (DR Suzuki), David Haire (B&N Honda), Stephen Thompson (BMW), Jamie Hamilton (KMR Kawasaki), Damien Byrne (SB Honda) and Richard Rea (Rea BMW).
All the riders are chasing rostrum finishes and valuable points in their quest for the overall ISB championship, incidentally entering its 10th season.
Road racers Ryan Farquhar, Adrian Archibald and John Burrows are also entered and are well capable of posing a threat to the top short circuit runners.
The action gets under way at Bishopscourt this morning with practice from 9am.
The traditional Easter bonanza of racing then moves up the Co Down coast for the Easter Monday Belfast and District promotion of rounds four and five of the ISB championship at Kirkistown.
And the Ulster Motocross championship kicks into life with the traditional Easter double-header at Desertmartin hosted by the Cookstown Club.