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McGreevy hails his incredible journey as he takes title on day of drama

 

On a high: Korie McGreevy after winning Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch
On a high: Korie McGreevy after winning Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch

By Roy Harris

Ballynahinch man Korie McGreevy won the final Superstock 600cc race of the BSB season at Brands Hatch yesterday on his IMR prepared Century Racing 675cc Triumph.

He was unaware that he had also clinched the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship.

The 22-year-old went into the race 19 points behind New Zealander Shane Richardson and quickly became embroiled in an eight-rider dice for the lead with Aghadowey's Eunan McGlinchey.

Richardson was riding a steady race in 11th position with the championship seemingly in the bag.

A two-lap safety car intervention kept the nerves jangling and as the race entered its closing stages the lead changed hands corner by corner, and then drama as Richardson entered the pits with a machine problem, rejoining in 25th position meaning that if McGreevy or 16-year old Storm Stacey could win they would be champion.

Halfway around the final lap Stacey led, but a small mistake allowed McGreevy to snatch the lead, which he managed to hold to the chequered flag, 0.223sec ahead of TJ Toms with Stacey 0.101secs back in third and a mere 0.022sec ahead of McGlinchey.

McGreevy said: "Words cannot describe how I feel right now.

"We had a terrible weekend up until now. I hadn't a clue how the championship was unfolding and just kept my head down trying to win the race. This has been an incredible journey and I have to thank everyone who was with me along the way."

Falls, wins and even a disqualification have been part of his season, but for Korie to emerge as champion on a shoe-string budget is testament to his skill.

Australian Josh Brookes may have won all three British Superbike races over the weekend, but it was his PBM Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Scott Redding who clinched his first ever BSB championship in his debut season, five points clear of Brookes after a second and two third positions.

Andrew Irwin (Honda) missed out on the Riders Cup by a single point to Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon, the former Supermoto star set to leave the Philip and Hector Neill team following the Sunflower Trophy meeting next weekend after four seasons.

Jack Kennedy completed his Supersport championship winning season with yet another double on the Appleyard McAdam Integro Yamaha taking his total wins for the season to an amazing 20 from 24 races.

Kennedy heads to the Superbike championship for 2020 with TAG Yamaha while his place in the Appleyard team goes to Scottish rider Rory Skinner.

Donegal rider Richard Kerr suffered a massive accident from his Campbell Motorsport Triumph in Saturday's race at Paddock Hill Bend after he and Skinner touched and was lucky to escape serious injury.

The 19-year-old Ramelton rider made the grid for yesterday's race, strapped up and sore, but courageously battled his way to a seventh-place finish and overall fifth in the championship in his second season in the class.

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