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Nally targets leaders with first-time Kirkistown victory

By Roy Harris

The cream of Ireland's short circuit competitors descend on Kirkistown tomorrow for the Belfast and District Club-promoted Irish championship meeting incorporating the Crown Prince and King of Kirkistown feature races.

In rounds 19 and 20, Charles Stuart (Parker Transport R1 Yamaha) will be intent on closing the three-point gap to championship leader Mark Glasgow (Kawasaki)

Out of the 18 races to date there have been seven different winners and tomorrow could well see another in Cody Nally. He sits in sixth position in the championship and is a formidable competitor on his Kawasaki, coming off the back of two fifths and a sixth during last week's ultra-competitive Thundersport GB meeting at Anglesey in Wales.

Supersport provides arguably the best racing at these meetings and tomorrow should be no different with Jason Lynn (Walter S Bell Suzuki) and Ross Patterson (Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki) separated by just 23 points in the championship.

Korie McGreevy, on his IMR Triumph 675cc machine, has won more races than anybody else in the class this season; seven wins to Lynn's four and Patterson's three, but he trails in third position in the championship and is well capable of race wins tomorrow.

One man to watch is 19-year old Eunan McGlinchey, who has already clinched the Production Twin championship, winning 16 of the 18 races to date and who also runs strongly in the Supersport class.

Other potential winners in Supersport include Christian Elkin, Aaron Clifford, Mark Conlin or Dean McMaster.

Simon Reid, son of F2 World Champion Brian Reid, has a handsome lead in the Supertwin class, but has yet to win a championship race, while Dave Butler, Marty Lennon, Mark Hanna and James Cottrell will look to thwart Reid again.

On the road racing scene the Senior Manx Grand Prix brings the curtain down on what has been a terrific Classic TT and Manx GP meeting. The race is scheduled to start at 10.15 am today.

Manx rider Michael Evans, after his record-breaking win in the Junior Manx on Wednesday, will be looking to make it a memorable double in today's four-lap race on his 750cc Martin Bullock Motorsport Suzuki.

His main rivals include Darren Cooper, Barry Lee Evans, David Lumsden from Skerries and, starting at number one, Andy Farrell, also from Skerries.

Local riders to watch out for include Darryl Tweed, Dennis Booth and Gareth Evans.

Off-road tomorrow sees the final round of the Ulster Motocross championships take place at Laurel Bank, near Saintfield for the prestigious Brian Bell Memorial meeting promoted by the Temple Club.

The Nutt Travel MX1 championship would appear to be a shoe-in for Richard Bird on his Five5Motorsport KTM, as he needs just two points from his three races to clinch the series ahead of Wicklow's Jim O'Neill.

Craig Brown on the Greyabbey Smoke Vent KTM can oust O'Neill from second if things go his way, while Jordan Scott is currently in fourth, Ryan Adair fifth and Sean Devlin sixth.

Dundonald teenager James Mackrel (KTM) leads the Precise Project Premier MX2 championship by 18 points from Dubliner Jordan Keogh (Kawasaki) with Donegal's Aaron Gardiner and David Martin battling for third, 18 points also separating them.

Racing will start tomorrow at 11am and the track will be signposted from the main Temple to Saintfield road with admission a mere £5 with U-14's free.

Harold McQuaid begins his defence of the Experts Elite Ulster Championship tomorrow at Finnis, Dromara with an 11.30am start.

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