Revved-up Ulster riders fire out warning with top-class displays
Ulster eyes were certainly smiling at yesterday's Bank Holiday Monday British Superbike meeting at Oulton Park, with Carrick's Glenn Irwin, Randalstown's Eugene McManus and the Supersport duo of David Allingham and Andrew Irwin all grabbing podium silverware.
McManus, whose father Eugene is a former Grand Prix rider, is starting to make his own impact in the world of two-wheel competition, taking a well-deserved second place, his best finish to date, in the British Motostar class aboard his immaculately turned out E15 Racing KTM.
The youngster said: "It was a great race and I'd just like to thank everyone who supports me back home, and also give my granda a special mention as he's currently in hospital."
Speaking of his last ditch move on Taz Taylor to steal in for second place, he smiled and simply added: "Yeah I planned it!"
The race was won by Tom Booth-Amos, who tops the championship table on 100 points after taking his fourth win of the season.
Jake Archer, who finished fourth at Oulton, holds second place in the standings on 75 points, with young McManus third on 65 points after his third podium of the year.
In the Supersport class, flame-haired Derry man Allingham collected a brace of podium finishes aboard his EHA Racing Yamaha, which puts him second in the championship standings behind the man in form in the class -McAMS Yamaha-mounted Tarran Mackenzie, who took both victories to keep his one hundred per cent win record intact this season.
The little Scottish ace has won all six middleweight encounters this year, with his perfect 150-point haul affording him a 54-point lead over Allingham as the series goes into a six-week break before returning at Knockhill in Scotland on June 16.
Allingham said: "My pace dropped off at the end but I was happy with my pace in the early stages.
"I led the race, but when Taz came through I tightened up a little bit and really should have been able to go with him.
"He's riding really well but he's going to be beaten at some point," said Allingham, who is still searching for that elusive first win.
Dublin's Jack Kennedy took third place in yesterday's British Supersport feature race, his first on the MV Agusta, with Andrew Irwin second in Sunday's Supersport sprint race, which keeps him in fourth place in the championship standings.
In the British Superbike class Glenn Irwin was the pick of the local riders, taking ninth and second placed finishes aboard his BeWiser PBM Ducati.
Irwin's near neighbour, who will also be joining him in the Vauxhall International North West 200, Alastair Seeley slipped off the Tyco BMW in yesterday's second BSB race, thankfully unhurt with the biggest week of his year coming up at the Triangle.
Race one was won by the championship leader, JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam, who later crashed out spectacularly in race two after running into the back of the McAMS Yamaha of James Ellison whilst disputing second place.
Race one runner-up Shane 'Shakey' Byrne took the race two victory from his team-mate Irwin, who said: "It was a tough race, but the lads made the bike so good to attack with. I dug deep and I'm delighted to grab my best result so far in BSB."