After holding the title of Miss Mid Antrim 150 for four years, Zoe McKinnon from Galgorm relinquished the reins on Saturday night.
The young lady taking over from Zoe is 19 year old Yasmine Brown from Ballymena.
It was the first time that the local girl had ever entered a competition and was supported on the night by her family and friends. She told me later: ‘I wasn’t going to enter but I was talked into it.
“It was very nerve wracking standing there and knowing that everybody was staring at me but I just decided to be myself.
“Zoe was great and she has promised to help me get used to the job I have to do.’ added Yasmine.
Yasmine told me that she had gone to a race meeting at Bishopscourt and enjoyed the experience. She just fancied getting involved.
MCUI RACE SCHOOL
The second of the three MCUI race schools was at Bishopscourt last Saturday. In cold but dry conditions, over 50 riders took to the track, and with the tuition of the Instructors most were starting to go well towards the end of the day.
I had a chat to Portglenone schoolboy Tom Greenwood. The likeable 13 year old, who attends Cullybackey College, was watched by mum and dad, Linda and Rodney. On his nicely prepared little RS125 Aprilia, he went well and his lap times were improving during the day. He’ll definitely be a lad to watch during the year.
Another man was David Hickland from Crumlin. Although just a bit older than Tom, David was also improving as the day progressed, with his neat and tidy style.
Robert English, the current Supersport 600 champion, has stepped up to the Superbike class this year, on the Yamaha that was raced last year by Ryan Rainey. Robert was well on the pace and I saw him when he got a bit of track to himself. The IFS R1 seems to suit him. Definitely a man to watch this year, come Easter Saturday.
BALLYMONEY MOTORCYCLE SHOW
The Ballymoney Bike Show is this weekend in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney. The event, which will run in conjunction with the Mid Antrim club, takes place on Friday and Saturday. Fridays opening hours are from 5pm until 10pm, while on Saturday its 10am until 5pm.
With the Miss Mid Antrim competition last Saturday night, it means that the build up to the local meeting is now officially started. The club members have already started to prepare the track and paddock, which will move to just after Alexanders Jump.