Stuart takes title with a round to spare
The penultimate round of the Irish and Ulster short circuit championships at St Angelo on Saturday provided some terrific racing despite demanding conditions from very wet to drying out as the day went on.
Charles Stuart (Parker Car Transport R1 Yamaha) clinched his first Irish Superbike championship, Jason Lynn added the Irish Supersport championship to his Masters and Simon Reid secured the Supertwin championship on the track where his father Brian made his racing debut in the late seventies.
Stuart is relatively new to tarmac racing, having started his career in schoolboy motocross progressing to Enduro before switching to the short circuit scene three years ago when he won the F1 Era Superbike series.
In Saturday's opening Superbike race the Ballycastle rider dominated from the start, winning by over 16 seconds from Ryan Gibson and Mark Glasgow.
Cody Nally, forced to retire in race one, made no mistakes in race two and set the fastest lap of the day at 59.921mph on his way to a five-second win over Stuart with Gibson third.
Glasgow, the only rider with a chance of taking the championship to the final round, crashed out, handing the title to 26-year-old Stuart with a round to spare.
A first and a second were enough for Lynn to clinch the Supersport series.
Korie McGreevy won the opening race from Lynn, who snatched second on the final corner, relegating Eunan McGlinchey to third.
In race two McGlinchey led until half distance when the slow-starting Lynn hit the front to go on and win by almost four seconds from Patterson, with McGlinchey again losing out on second on the last bend.
Reid took the Supertwin title in style with two wins from pole, and with his closest opposition Marty Lennon a non-starter the title heads to Dromara.
Christian Elkin dominated both Moto3 races as did Andrew Brady in Pre Injection, Mark Camblin in Lightweight Supersport and Brendan Glover in the Young Guns Challenge, while Jonny Campbell and Sam Laffins shared the Junior Cup races.
In Wales yesterday Carl Phillips riding the MD Suzuki finished third overall in the Anglesey Grand race behind Adam Jenkinson and Johnny Blackshaw.
Darren Bradford and Ollie Bunton were the Expert winners during the two-day Beach Race in Portrush organised by the Foyle Club where Emma McQuaid from Newry topped the Quad races on both days.