Ulster's Aaron Wright shows Wright stuff to seal British title
Monkstown schoolboy Aaron Wright clinched the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup yesterday at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, after he finished in fourth place at the Bank Holiday meeting.
The 14-year-old, who now has an unassailable 93-point Championship lead going into the final round at Donington Park in September, has landed his maiden British title after racking up 10 wins to date.
The delighted youngster now has his sights set on a move to the Superstock 600cc class next season. Speaking afterwards, he said: "It's been a fantastic year with so many ups and downs, but I'm so happy to have finally secured the KTM RC390 Cup.
"To do it on the Bank Holiday weekend is really special. We didn't get a win this weekend, and after not scoring points in Sunday's race I just wanted to make sure and get the Championship wrapped up."
Looking ahead, Wright said: "We have a few options for 2017, but the one that stands out for me at the minute is the Superstock 600cc class in British Championship.
"I've been given some good advice. That's probably where we will go but I want to go out in style and try to get a win or two at Donington Park in the KTM Cup. Nothing beats standing on top of the podium."
British Superbike Championship rookie Glenn Irwin, meanwhile, continues to impress in his debut season aboard the BeWiser PBM Ducati.
The Carrickfergus rider came through from outside the top 10 to take fifth place in yesterday's opening BSB race at Cadwell Park. Then, in race two, he took seventh place in amongst some seasoned riders in the premier class. Toomebridge exile Michael Laverty had another British Superbike weekend to forget.
The Wales-based star didn't quite get to grips with the Cadwell Park circuit on his Tyco BMW, taking just 10 points (10th and 12th) away from the Lincolnshire venue.
He holds fourth place in the Championship standings going into the Oulton Park triple-header in a fortnight's time.
The top six will then fight for the title at Donington, Assen and Brands in September and October.
Ian Hutchinson, a recent four-time winner at the Ulster Grand Prix, took the National Superstock 1000cc win at Cadwell for local team Tyco BMW. He now trails Taylor Mackenzie - second at Cadwell - in the Championship standings by just 23 points. Clogher's Keith Farmer was third on the Quay Garage Honda, with Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW) sixth.
Andy Reid had a nightmare weekend at Cadwell, crashing out of both British Supersport races.
Derry's David Allingham took a brace of sixth-placed finishes. Carrick's Andrew Irwin was fourth in race one and was unfortunate to get taken down in race two.