Carl Phillips takes top Bishopscourt prize as racers remember the Robinsons
Carl Phillips took time out from his National Superstock 1000 campaign to contest the MJF Building Supplies sponsored Mid Antrim 150 Club meeting at Bishopscourt and came away with the main prize on Sunday - the Neil Robinson Memorial Trophy and £1500 cheque.
The 23-year old Derriaghy rider, who competes on the Michael Dunlop Superstock Suzuki, came home over two seconds clear of former winner Ali Kirk with Robert English in third after 15-laps of the Co. Down track.
Also up for grabs yesterday was the Donny Robinson Memorial Trophy (sponsored by Slemish Water) and it was 19-year old Aghadowey rider Eunan McGlinchey, for whom many are expecting a bright future on the short circuit scene, who emerged victorious on his Production Twin Suzuki seven and a half seconds clear of Simon Reid, the son of former world F2 champion Brian Reid.
In a tremendous two-days of action English and Phillips were the winners of Saturday's Irish Superbike races with Phillips continuing that winning form into yesterday's Ulster championship race.
Korie McGreevy and Robert Kennedy were the Saturday Supersport winners, both fractions of a second ahead of Ross Patterson with Christian Elkin winning yesterday's race on Bob Wylie's Kawasaki 0.349sec ahead of Aaron Clifford with McGlinchey third.
At Walderstown, near Athlone yesterday, Dubliner Derek Sheils riding John Burrows Cookstown BE Suzuki, took a start to finish victory in the eight-lap Principal Insurance Race of the South.
The battle for second between Derek McGee and William Dunlop was settled in the Mullingar man's favour when he edged past the Temple Golf Club Yamaha at half distance to take the chequered flag half a second clear of Dunlop.
Sheils had earlier lost his first Open road race of the season when a mistake by the Dublin rider allowed McGee, on his 31st birthday, through to take the race win less than a second clear of William Dunlop, who was five seconds clear of Michael Sweeney in third with Sheils a disappointed fourth.
Adam McLean scored a tremendous victory in the Supersport race less than half a second ahead of Dunlop with Paul Jordan, riding an ex-McAms Yamaha for the first time, a similar distance back in third. McGee had been right on McLean's back wheel, but was forced out of the race on lap four.
The meeting was a personal triumph for 24-year old Joseph Loughlin from Castleblaney, who raced to five wins by taking the Junior Support non-championship and championship races along with the Senior Support non-championship and championship races, capping off a superb weekend by winning the six-lap Supertwin race by a second and a half from the more experienced McLean, Sheils, McGee and Sweeney.
At the fourth round of the MX National championships at Sherwood in England Graeme Irwin and his Buildbase team mate Martin Barr finished second and third overall in the MX1 class, won by Elliott Banks-Brown, who won both legs.
Irwin was second in leg one with Barr sixth and in leg two Barr finished second and Irwin third.
In the Experts MX2 class Glenoe rider Glenn McCormick won all four of his races for the overall victory with Dubliner Jake Sheridan with three seconds and a fifth second overall. The road race action switches to the Isle of Man Southern 100 where practice commences at Billown from 6.15pm this evening.
- Jonathan Rea extended his World Superbike championship lead by finishing second in Saturday's first race at Laguna Seca in California, a narrow 1.202secs behind Welshman Chas Davies with Rea's Kawasaki team mate Tom Sykes in third.
Sykes led the first 11 laps of 25 ahead of Davies and Rea before the Ducati rider swept into the lead at the infamous Corkscrew section of the track and Rea taking advantage of the block pass to follow Davies through into second, Sykes relegated to third and that's how it finished.
Rea said: "I thought that was going to be my race, but there was no answer for Chas today. We each gained a few 10ths of seconds and lost a few on different parts of the track, but in the last seven laps I really struggled with corner entry with Chas taking two to three 10ths out of me in the last corner to Turn 1 section."
Toome's Eugene Laverty qualified a fine fifth and was running in the same position in the race when he crashed out at Turn 3 before the half way mark saying: "All weekend we have been in the top five and it was nice to consolidate that in the Superpole. Our pace was what we expected, at the tail-end of the top four machines.
"They were running away at the front of the race and I was just trying to hold on before I dropped the Aprilia. It was frustrating as the bike had felt good all weekend and then bad in the race."