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Glenn Irwin's brother Ross claims first racing victories at Mondello Park

Ross Irwin in action on his way to a Supertwin double at Mondello Park
Ross Irwin in action on his way to a Supertwin double at Mondello Park

By Roy Harris

Glenn Irwin's brother Ross has claimed his first victories just seven months into his racing career.

The eldest of the famous four racing siblings, Ross bagged two Supertwin successes at Mondello Park on Sunday on his Slemish Water Kawasaki.

In the opening round of the year's Dunlop Masters, Irwin secured a third-place finish behind Michael Sweeney and Eoin O'Siochru on Saturday but stepped things up the following day to take top spot on the podium in races two and three.

He came in four seconds clear of runner-up Vinny Brennan for his first ever race win and then showed his ability to get over the line in a tight battle as the rode home just 0.112 seconds ahead of David Halligan to complete the double.

Ross made his racing debut just last September, taking up the sport as a hobby after being convinced to step on to a bike for the first time in 10 years by British Superbike Championship riding brothers Glenn and Andrew at a Nikki Coates track day.

The fourth brother Graeme, a British motocross champion, is due to make his National Superstock 1000 debut this year.

Meanwhile, Richie Ryan began the defence of his Dunlop Masters Superbike title in fine style, taking three wins from three starts on his R1 Yamaha.

In Saturday's nine-lap opener the 38-year old from County. Kilkenny had 2.4 seconds to spare over Cullybackey rider Luke Johnston on his BMW, who in turn had 1.25 seconds in hand over third place finisher Peter Moloney.

Ryan, chasing a hat trick of Masters Superbike titles, was 2.75 seconds clear of Johnston in race two yesterday with Moloney again third over five seconds back of Johnston.

In race three James Kelly led the opening two laps before Ryan stamped his authority on proceedings on lap three easing to a one second victory over late charging Moloney with Kelly third and Johnston fourth.

Caolan Irwin from Kilmacrenan, near Letterkenny was a treble winner in the Masters Supersport races in which Ray Casey was second in the first two outings with Luke O'Higgins second in the final race.

Mike Browne from Cork, fourth in last year's Senior Manx Grand Prix as a newcomer finished a great third in the opening two Supersport races.

Colin Murphy, Mark Culleton and Darryl Sharkey shared the Pre-Injection races while Derek Lynch won the opening sidecar outings with Peter O'Neill triumphing in race three.

Meanwhile, at Desertmartin on Saturday during the opening round of the Irish Youth Motocross championship Niall Cregan scooped the overall honours in the 125cc Intermediate class taking three wins from three starts with Ross Kearns second in all three races and Ross Simpson third each time.

Jack Galvin was also undefeated in the Premier class leading home Conor Mullan in all three races.

Drew McCreanor from Lurgan was the overall winner of the Big Wheel 85cc class with two wins and a second with Matthew Beattie second taking the first race win followed by a fifth and a second.

In a day littered with trebles Fin Wilson was undefeated in the Small Wheel 85cc class and Lewis Spratt took three from three in the Junior section.

Three Adult Support races saw victory for Russell Thanahill in race one with Aaron McGregor victorious in the final two races.

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