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Buchan back in mix to seal a third title at Bishopscourt


Crowd favourite: Danny Buchan won the Sunflower Trophy in 2014 and 2015
Crowd favourite: Danny Buchan won the Sunflower Trophy in 2014 and 2015

By Roy Harris

The Hillsborough Club end-of-season Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt is just over a week away and already top competitors from the British Superbike Championship have been announced for the event.

The latest is Danny Buchan, double winner of the Jim Finlay-sponsored Sunflower Trophy in 2014 and 2015 when riding Superstock machinery.

Buchan, a crowd favourite, has in total eight wins to his name at this meeting, five Superbike, one Supersport and his two Sunflower successes between 2011 and 2017.

This time Buchan, a double podium finisher in the BSB Knockhill round, brings his FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Superbike aiming to end his season on a high having just missed out on a BSB Showdown spot.

The 25-year old Basildon rider also announced yesterday that he is set to continue with FS-3 Kawasaki for the 2019 BSB series and he will start as favourite at the Co Down circuit on October 19 and 20.

Last year at the Sunflower, Buchan had a win and a third in the two Superbike races, but had to settle for fourth position behind Glenn Irwin, Michael Laverty and surprise packet Carl Phillips in the feature race.

Phillips, meanwhile, has been thrown a lifeline for the Sunflower meeting by local race team Jason McCaw Roofing for whom he will ride an ex-Hudson Kennaugh/Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki ZX 10 Superbike.

Phillips suffered a premature end to his BSB season, parting from the Gearlink Kawasaki team and then hoping to see the season out with Morello Racing in Superstock 1000.

However, a sponsor pulled out and it appeared his season was over until this JMcC Roofing offer came his way.

Carl said: "I'm absolutely gobsmacked and overwhelmed with this offer. After thinking my season was over I'm grabbing it with both hands, and after being on the podium last year I'll be aiming for more of the same this year."

JMcC Roofing also will have regular pilots Ryan Gibson and Barry Graham onboard the team's machines at the Sunflower.

With Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) already confirmed alongside the regular AJ Plumbing, Ulster Superbike runners including new champion Gerard Kinghan, runner-up Alistair Kirk and Supersport champion Jason Lynn spectators are in for a real feast of top-class racing.

Aghadowey rider Eunan McGlinchey, looking to clinch the British Junior Supersport championship at Brands Hatch this weekend, will race a McAdoo Kawasaki ER6 at the meeting.

Eunan has been sensational on his debut in the British series riding the Team 109 400cc Kawasaki, the 23-year old ex-motocross competitor having taken seven wins in the championship and just needs eight points to secure the series. Following the Brands Hatch BSB finale, it's expected other BSB regulars could well be heading across the Irish Sea for the Sunflower.

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