Carl Phillips hails Kirkistown double, while McLean has a lucky escape
Carl Phillips continued his terrific start to the AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike Championship season by reeling off another double at Kirkistown yesterday.
He can now add the revived King of Kirkistown crown to the Enkalon Trophy he clinched at Bishopscourt on Saturday and the Temple 100 feature races he won in March.
That's six Superbike wins in succession for the 26-year-old Lisburn rider, who is campaigning the JMcC Roofing Kawasaki on his return to the local race scene after a turbulent season in BSB in 2018.
Phillips, the 2016 British Superstock 600cc champion, put the experience gained across the water to good use yesterday and showed the rest of the field the way home.
"It's been a cracking start to 2019," he said. "It's been something that has helped me regain my confidence. The team have given me a good bike and all I can do is ride it to the best of my ability.
"There are some famous names on the King of Kirkistown trophy and I'm humbled to add mine to the list. I'm looking forward now to the North West 200 in three weeks' time and riding the Supertwin Paton."
David Haire and a rejuvenated Brian McCormack, riding the On-1 Racing BMW, were runner-up and third respectively, with Adam McLean fourth in both Superbike races.
McLean was fortunate to walk away from a nasty crash in the second Supersport race of the day when his McAdoo Kawasaki spat him off exiting the chicane.
The 22-year-old Tobermore rider, currently in final preparations ahead of the Cookstown 100 on Friday and Saturday, had earlier won the opening race from Christian Elkin, Jack Waring and Mark Hanna, but has now left the team with some repair work over the next few days.
Magherafelt rider Paul Jordan won the second race ahead of Elkin, Mark Conlin and Hanna.
Jeremy McWilliams continued to defy the age barrier, the veteran Glengormley rider notching a Supertwin double and a new class lap record on the 2019 KMR Kawasaki he will race at the North West 200.
Cookstown's Gary McCoy and Kevin Lavery followed McWilliams home in both races, while Ballymoney rider Darryl Tweed was a double winner in the Production Twin races and Jonny Irwin also notched two wins in the Pre-Injection class.
Peter O'Neill and passenger Brian Butler dominated the sidecar races, Stephen McKeown was unbeaten in the Lightweight Supersport class and Cameron Dawson - the young protégé of Ryan Farquhar - won both Supersport 300cc races on his KMR Yamaha.
He made an overnight trip from Silverstone, where the 14-year-old finished fifth and sixth in the opening British Junior Supersport races of the season.
Michael Laverty and his Wepol R1 Yamaha team-mates Danny Webb and South African Sheridan Morais finished a creditable fourth in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour Endurance World Championship race in France.
He said: "We didn't have the pace to run with the factory teams, so we just kept it consistent and brought it home for a solid finish, placing the team third in the Championship and first in the independent class at Le Mans."