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Elliott takes maiden win at Silverstone as big rivals collide

Number one: Fermanagh rider Josh Elliott celebrates his first
British Superbike win at Silverstone
Number one: Fermanagh rider Josh Elliott celebrates his first British Superbike win at Silverstone
Speed king: Carl Phillips on his way to winning the Enkalon Trophy race at Bishopscourt

By Roy Harris

What an opening round at Silverstone for Ballinamallard's Josh Elliott taking his maiden British Superbike victory on the OMG Suzuki in race one and with second position in race two goes to the next round at Oulton Park as joint leader of the championship.

Elliott was awarded first place in the opening Superbike race after initially finishing runner-up to Tarran Mackenzie.

Mackenzie was then handed a three-second penalty for tagging McAms Yamaha team mate Jason O'Halloran at the final corner knocking the race long leader off and into the gravel.

Elliott said: "It's crazy, I'm in shock and beyond words. In the race I held onto Taz and Jason as long as I could and saw the incident as they collided and I thought second place is a terrific result.

"I went for a clean up in the motorhome and when I returned, the team told me I had been awarded the race win, which was also the OMG Teams first win.

"The McAms boys came and handed the winner's trophy to me.

"It's amazing and something I've dreamt about. We came here hoping for top tens, but first and second is unbelievable"

Glenn Irwin and David Allingham crashed out with Andrew Irwin a terrific sixth on his Honda Racing debut in race one.

Race two saw Andrew get a long lap penalty for touching Scott Redding and taking him out, but he recovered to finish seventh, with Glenn in eleventh and Keith Farmer twelfth.

Elliott was a consistent second behind another maiden winner Mackenzie just 0.6sec behind at chequered flag.

Jack Kennedy got the better of Alistair Seeley in both Supersport races after two typical no holds barred encounters.

A fifth of a second split the pair in the sprint race after Seeley went grass tracking and in the longer feature race half a second was the winning margin after Seeley led into the penultimate corner, but Kennedy went inside and the EHA Yamaha man was forced wide onto the kerb.

Kevin Keyes and Aaron Clifford finished 1-2 in the Superstock 600cc race after leader Korie McGreevy crashed out and Eunan McGlinchey was involved in a start-line incident requiring the race to be red flagged and restarted without the Aghadowey rider.

Meanwhile, at a sun-soaked Bishopscourt on Saturday Carl Phillips won the 43rd running of the Enkalon Trophy with a scintillating Superbike double to make it four wins from four starts in the 2019 AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike Championship.

The JMcM Kawasaki rider dominated race one, 3.161sec ahead of the BMW's of Alistair Kirk and David Haire, who both encountered slower riders in the latter stages of the race dictating their finishing positions

Phillips again controlled the second 10-lap encounter easing up in the closing laps to a one second victory over Haire, who battled with Kirk for second after Nico Mawhinney spectacularly crashed his Polaris Kawasaki on lap three.

Haire set the fastest lap of the day at 96.731mph on lap six to move into second finishing a second and a half clear of Kirk.

In Supersport Adam McLean raced to a comfortable double on his McAdoo Kawasaki, a boost ahead of Friday and Saturday's Cookstown 100.

The Tobermore rider came under early pressure in race one from McGee, but the Mullingar rider slid out of contention.

Denver Robb, Darryl Tweed and Cathal Graham were also double winners at the meeting.

The action moves to ­Kirkistown today where Phillips will look to add the King of ­Kirkistown title to his Enkalon and Temple 100 already in the bag.

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