Belfast Telegraph

Eugene McManus claims his maiden podium


By Paul Lindsay

Eugene McManus is the joint championship leader in the British Motostar Championship after taking third and fourth placed finishes during round one at Donington Park over the weekend.

The youngster showed great promise last season as a series rookie and on this season's opening weekend's performance, which included a fabulous maiden British Championship podium, he is undoubtedly one to watch aboard his immaculately prepared KTM.

Another local rider to take his first British championship podium over the weekend was affable Co Antrim ace Andrew Irwin.

The Gearlink Kawasaki rider said he was disappointed not to have taken the win - after battling at times with near-neighbour Alastair Seeley - but like young McManus, he will give local fans plenty to shout about in BSB's supporting classes this season.

Irwin was the third man to take the chequered flag behind eventual winner Tarran Mackenzie [Yamaha] and Seeley [Spirit Racing], but as Seeley is not allowed to score championship points on board his Triumph powered hybrid Moto2 machine, Irwin takes 20 points.

Eglinton's David Allingham was fifth [EHA Racing], Dublin's Jack Kennedy sixth [MV Agusta] and Keith Farmer seventh during his stand in ride with the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha team.

Glenn Irwin posted his third career British Superbike podium during BSB race two yesterday in third place, making it a great day for the Irwin family. With his BeWiser Ducati team-mate Shakey Byrne ruled out of yesterday's action after suffering concussion in a qualifying crash on Saturday, Irwin did a great job for Paul Bird's team. He was sixth in race one.

Leon Haslam took both race wins for JG Speedfit Kawasaki. His team-mate Luke Mossey was second in race one with 2015 champion Josh Brookes on the second rung of the podium in race two.

Local team Tyco BMW also had a great opening weekend, with Christian Iddon third in BSB race one and Ian Hutchinson claiming a third place in yesterday's National Superstock 1000cc race.

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