Sheils notches Enkalon Trophy success for third time in his career

Barry Davidson leads Alex Conroy in the Classic race. Picture: Roy Adams.
Barry Davidson leads Alex Conroy in the Classic race. Picture: Roy Adams.

Dublin man Derek Sheils lifted the Enkalon Trophy for the third time in his career, in perfect racing conditions, at Bishopscourt last Saturday.

He had to give best, however, in the first leg to Randalstowns Gerard Kinghan.

Kinghan was running in third place behind Stephen Thompson and Nikki Coates in the early stages of the race, but he soon made his move.

He hit the front and held on till the finish, with Derek Sheils within striking distance in second place. Dromara man Alistair Kirk moved to third, with the top three separated by just half a second.

In the second leg, there was no answer to Sheils as he shot off the line.

Kirk was hard pressed by Crumlin man Stephen Thompson for much of the race, but despite setting the fastest lap of the race, the local man just couldn’t put any meaningful move on Ali. Sheils took the win, by 1.1 seconds, while Thompson was just .2 adrift at the finish.

William Dunlop took a double in the Supersport races.

Riding almost incognito, in black leathers, helmet and on a black bike, Dunlop took a hard fought win in the first race, the start of which was delayed after Richard Glasgow crashed and broke his leg on the warm up lap.

Jamie Patterson was the leader from the start, but with severe pressure from Dunlop there was little the Antrim rider could do. Once Dunlop went ahead he was able to open almost 3 seconds of a gap over Patterson, while Robert English fought his way into third towards the finish.

Dundrod’s Robert Kennedy, a faller in the opening race, was on Dunlops rear wheel the whole of the second Race. He was unable to make any kind of move, however, and had to settle for second. Jamie Patterson was half a second back in third.

Randalstown man Christian Elkin had a double in the Supertwin races.

In the first one he hit the front from the lights and moved away at his leisure, winning by almost 14 seconds. Ross Patterson held off Aaron Clifford, on his lovely little 450 Aprilia to complete the podium.

Dave Butler, a former Production twin champion, was right with Elkin in the second race, but there was no way past for the Dublin man, who finally had to settle for the runner up slot. Aaron Clifford finished in third this time.

Run concurrently with the Supertwins, Mark McConville won both the Production twins encounters.

Jonny Hamill was right with McConville in leg one, while Belfast’s Chris Hillis finished in third place. Drogheda man McConville was almost 4 seconds ahead of Ards’ Craig Ringland in the second race. Jonny Hamill finished in third place.

Former Manx GP winner Andrew Brady had no equals in the Pre Injection races.

In race one the pattern was set from the lights with Brady hitting the front and breaking away from Jonny Aiken. Alan Graham finished in third.

Aiken was a bit closer to Brady in the second race, but still the Rosslea man had it covered. Again, it was Omagh man Graham in third place.

Tom Courtney led the first 400 race off the line, but soon discovered that he had his steering damper turned up too tight, and slipped back down the order.

That left Ian Morrell and Alvin Griffin disputing the lead, but once Griffin got ahead it was game over.

The Wicklow man moved away, winning by almost 2 seconds. Tom Gregory, in third position, was well back.

Reigning champions Griffin stamped his authority on the second race. He blasted off the line and left Morrell in his wake, winning by almost 12 seconds. Tom Gregory, nearly 3 seconds further back, was third yet again.

Portadown man Malcolm Love was the first 125GP bike to finish the opening race. He was well ahead of local lad Eugene McManus. The Randalstown lad had the misfortune to be forced out of the second race by a flat battery. Melissa Kennedy won the second race, well ahead of Love and young Ivan Kerr.

Alvin Griffin had a handy enough job to win both F1 Forgotten Era races.

In the first one he was never seriously pressed and beat Chris Dilley into second place by 36.3 seconds. Chris Campbell was third, a further 10 seconds back.

Charles Stuart from Ballycastle took his best result to date in the second race. He finished second on his beautiful sounding Aprilia Mille, despite a trip through the gravel trap at Fairways 2. Although being well behind Griffin, Stuart was well ahead of Campbell.

The ISB Cup was run along with the FE F1 races. Gareth George was a double winner here.

He was always ahead of runner up Daryl Heverin, while Paul Demaine settled for third place after seemingly giving up the chase a couple of laps from the end.

While Gareth George took the second race win, there was a nail biter for second and third place.

Right till they crossed the line Paul Demaine and Aidan Clerkin were wheel to wheel. Demaine got the best drive out of the final bend, grabbing second by just .1 of a second.

Moving from the Supertwins to the Supersport Cup class this year, Michael Rea had a double on his Triumph.

In the first race, Rea, on the ex Dave Walsh bike, looked well at ease, winning by almost 5 seconds. Darren Keys from Ballyclare finished in second place, while riding the bike campaigned last season by Carl Phillips, Kyle Cross was third.

Mick Jordan gave Rea a harder time in the second outing, but the Belfast rider was .3 ahead at the finish. Darren Keys finished in third place.

Glarryford man Barry Davidson won both the Classic/FE combined races.

In the first, Barry recovered from a bad start to move ahead of the rest of the field by the halfway point. He built on his lead, dropping George Stinson to 18.8 seconds behind. Dromores Mark Johnston was third.

There was the same top three in the second race as well, with Davidson winning by nearly 28 seconds.

Stinson was runner up, about 5 seconds in front of Johnston.

Keith Millen won both the Forgotten Era races. Gary Millar and Joe O’Kane shared the lower places with a second and a third each.

ADELAIDE MASTERS THIS WEEKEND

The first three rounds of this years Adelaide Insurance sponsored Mondello Masters are this weekend, at the Co. Kildare circuit.

The Masters continues to be the stand out series in the Irish short circuit calendar, and already there are a number of former champions in the line up for this weekend.

Despite a request last week, I have no idea of riders who are down to compete.

I do know that practice and a race for each class will take place on Saturday, with a warm-up and two races per class on Sunday.