Irish Superbike Championship: Marshall Neill clear at top after Bishopstown win
It was a case of doubles all round during yesterday’s Irish Superbike round at Bishopscourt with Marshall Neill winning both of the ISB races to extend his lead at the top of the championship.
Kirk Jamison won both Supersport 600 races, Nigel Percy was the 125cc master while Joseph Loughlin, James Higginson and Marty Lennon won the Supersport 440, Open Clubmans and Supertwins races.
In the first ISB race Jamison took the early advantage before Neill hit the front on his KP Suzuki.
Ex-champion Brian McCormack had made the long haul from Waterford and made it into second past Jamison with four of the 12 laps remaining and began to hunt down Neill.
It was only through the final complex of bends on the last lap that Neill was able to put a slower rider between himself and the fast closing McCormack and win in less than a second. Both riders were credited with the fastest lap of the race — a new record for the ISB circuit in use yesterday.
In race two Neill was in control from the lights went out, taking the chequered flag almost five seconds clear of Haire with McCormack third when the chequered flag was unfurled.
At the Irish Clubmans round at Bishopscourt on Saturday, Belfast rider Paul Dornan and Derek McGee from Mullingar were double winners of the Bridgestone Tyres Senior and Supersport races while Jeffers and Buckley shared the two national events.
Meanwhile, south of the border yesterday at the new Munster 100 road races near Cork, Ryan Farquhar was in his usual dominant form winning the Supertwins, Open, the combined 125/Moto450 plus Grand Final races, but had to settle for second some seven and a half seconds behind Michael Dunlop in the Supersport 600cc race.
On the Isle of Man, timed practice commences tonight for the Manx Grand Prix where Farquhar and William Dunlop will be non-starters for the classic and Lightweight races.