Richard Rea keeps it in family
The 2011 Irish Superbike Championship revs into action at the re-vamped Bishopscourt Circuit today and tomorrow with Richard Rea, 21-year old brother of leading world superbike contender Jonny, likely to be among the leading contenders.
Rea will debut a new BMW having finally received the parts to bring the machine up to race specification and will take part in the three ISB championship races, one of which is this afternoon with two tomorrow, the second of these the 35th running of the prestigious Enkalon Trophy.
Organisers, the MCRRCI and Killinchy Club, have brought together a quality line-up including Michael Dunlop riding his new Street Sweep Kawasaki.
Michael’s brother William and Cameron Donald front the Wilson Craig Honda challenge, the Australian a winner of the Enkalon Trophy in 2007 and a firm favourite to lift the prize for a second time come tomorrow afternoon.
Also in the mix should be David Haire, Kirk Jamison, Mark Johnston, Denver Robb, Jamie Hamilton, Michael Sweeney and the winner of the first Adelaide Masters race three weeks ago at Mondello Park, Dubliner Mark Pollock who rides the Kingsbury Packaging Suzuki that took Marshall Neill to the championship last year.
Top road racers Ryan Farquhar, Michael Pearson and Adrian Archibald are also set to make their local seasonal debuts this weekend with Farquhar on a hot streak having won seven races from seven starts last weekend at Scarborough.
Practice for the two-day meeting gets under way this morning at 9.30am with first qualifying at 11.30am while the ISB championship races start at 2.30pm.
Tomorrow’s racing starts at 10.30am when the timetable has two sets of ISB championship races with the Enkalon Trophy showpiece due off at 1.30pm.
The action then moves to Kirkistown on Easter Monday where the Belfast and District Club host races four and five of the ISB championship (1pm), the Mayor’s Trophy the featured race.
Off-road the second round of the G&G Ross Irish Motocross championship takes place at Donemana tomorrow (11.30am), while the second round of the MRA Ulster championship series is at Desertmartin on Monday (11.30am), with Wayne Garrett defending an unbeaten start to his season on the TSR KTM.