This coming weekend the Adelaide Insurance sponsored Mondello Masters championship steps up a gear.
As usual, the meeting takes place over two days, with practice and a set of races on the Saturday, a morning warm up for each class on Sunday morning, and then two races on the Sunday.
In the Superbike class, Dublin’s Derek Sheils remains unbeaten, with a maximum of 150 points. He will face stern opposition from men like Gerard Kinghan, Brian McCormack, Damien Byrne, Ryan Rainey and Declan Hoey.
Robert English tops the Supersport table. In a class with three different race winners this year, it’s not just so cut and dried here.
Conor Parkhill, Robert Kennedy, Luke Johnston, Jason Lynn, Jamie and Ross Patterson, and Richie Ryan are all knocking on the door and any of them could top the podium.
Add to that the usual support classes and we should be in for a great weekend’s sport. I will, as normal, have a full report and photos in next week’s Times.
ULSTER GRAND PRIX
With the Ulster Grand Prix on the Worlds fastest road race track, coming up in August, news has started to filter out about entry lists etc.
Already entered is Bruce Anstey, the holder of the lap record at Dundrod. With a speed of 133.977mph, Anstey set the record in 2010, and has already told me that has surprised that the record has sat for so long.
Bruce wouldn’t be drawn on how fast he thinks he could go, but it seems like he likes 135mph, so I’m thinking he could make that happen.
Another top man already down to ride is Peter Hickman.
He is confident of at least getting on the podium, if not even grabbing a race win.
According to Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston, Hickman was ‘Nothing short of spectacular on the roads last year. It’s hard to believe that he only made his debut on the roads in 2014’.