Eglinton's David Allingham will lead the charge for honours in the Supersport class at this weekend's Sunflower Trophy Races. The EHA Racing pilot finished fourth overall in this season's British Supersport standings, and the late entrant will now add a serious bit of spice to the class, where his main opposition will come in the form of Gearlink Kawasaki's Andrew Irwin.
Allingham and Irwin have bashed bars on numerous occasions this season in the British Championship, with the former keen to come out on top at Bishopscourt on Saturday.
"We've had a good year overall this season in the British Supersport Championship, so I want to go and win the Sunflower now in front of our home fans, as I didn't prove myself at the event last year," explained 21-year-old Allingham, who made his debut at Bishopscourt last season on an MV Agusta.
"Last year was the first time I've ever raced at home and I didn't do a good job.
"This time around we are coming in good form on a bike that I've ridden all year and, with Andy Irwin also on the grid, I want to win the Supersport class races."
Allingham will be joined at Bishopscourt by his EHA Racing British Supersport team-mate Ross Twyman, who, despite being a rookie at the event, is also well capable of pushing for a podium finish.
The EHA Racing team is run by David's father Edward Allingham, himself a former racer and well known for his long-time association with Marshall Neill.
The now retired Portadown man, who won the Aprilia Millie Challenge for Allingham in 2001 and 2002, will be on hand to give David some valuable advice at the Sunflower.
"Marshall is a bit of a Bishopscourt specialist and has won a lot of races around there over the years, so he will be walking the track and giving me advice this weekend," said David Allingham, who also has his sights set on dipping inside Glenn Irwin's Supersport lap record.
"The Bishopscourt track is quite bumpy and not like anything we ride on in the British Championship, but I've every confidence I can adapt well enough to challenge for the wins this year in the Supersport class and would also love to set a new lap record."
Practice and qualifying for the 36th Annual Sunflower Trophy Races take place at Bishopscourt Race Circuit, which is situated near Downpatrick, this Friday morning starting at 9am, followed by three support races in the afternoon.
A 14-race programme is scheduled for Saturday, also beginning from 9am.