Kinghan aims to finish Masters series on high

Randalstown's Gerard Kinghan is still in contention for the Superbike title in the Mondello Masters. Picture: Roy Adams.
Randalstown's Gerard Kinghan is still in contention for the Superbike title in the Mondello Masters. Picture: Roy Adams.

The final three races of the Adelaide Insurance sponsored Mondello Masters series will be held at the Co. Kildare circuit this weekend.

Derek Sheils has the Superbike title more or less sewn up, needing just 13 points over the weekend to become the first double championship winner since the series started.

Randalstown man Gerard Kinghan can, on paper, wrestle the title away from Sheils, but it will take a catastrophe on the Dublin mans part for that to happen. Sheils has 256 points, to the 194 of Kinghan. Crumlin man Ryan Rainey sits in third on 134.

Edward Comerford clinched the Superbike Cup title at Bishopscourt a few weeks back, but beyond that, only two points separates Eoghan Delaney, on 136 and Declan Madden on 132.

Bangors Robert English needs just 3 points in the Supersport 600 class, and Conor Parkhill fail to win for the title to go to Co. Down.

The Supersport class has, without any doubt, provided the best of the racing over the season. Any one of eight or ten riders have been capable of winning on their day.

Any one of three riders can take the Supersport Cup title. Gary O’Brien heads the table on 199 points. Paul Gaffney, who also doubles as a sidecar passenger for brother Pat, is second on 160 while Dean Fishbourne is third with 155 points.

Paul McCrea still can be caught in the Pre Injection class. He has 221 points, just 24 ahead of Kevin Dempster, while Robert Toner seems to be out of it with 128. Dave Butler has a 58 point advantage over Aaron Clifford in the Supertwins class.

The Production Twins category is led by Drogheda man Mark McConville. With 235 points he leads Cathal Phelan by 53 points. Vinny Brennan, on 162, is in a handy third place.

Graham Whitmore will want to tie up the SS400 title as soon as possible as well, but just 26 points back, David Ging will want to keep the pressure on till the last race.

I’m not sure, as yet, of the timetable, but its more than likely that practice will be on Saturday, with a set of races immediately afterwards. Then on Sunday, a short warm up will take us straight into racing.


The Ballymoney Classic show will take place this weekend, in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

This year’s charity beneficiary will be the NI Childrens Hospice.

The show opens at 5pm, until 9pm on Friday and 10am until 4pm Saturday. Admission will be £5, with under 14’s admitted free.