Lisburn riders will be out in force this weekend as the 2015 Ulster and Irish Short Circuit Championship gets underway.
The Superbike Easter Festival Races at Bishopscourt, outside Downpatrick, have attracted over 200 entries for Ireland’s longest running Short Circuit Event, the Enkalon Trophy.
This year is the 39th Trophy race and the local charge will include Crumlin’s Stephen Thompson, who will be in action in the Superbike races alongside Jamie Hamilton, Gerard Kinghan, Alistair Kirk, Mark Glasgow and Derek McGee.
Dundrod’s Ryan Rainey also hopes to make his debut return to racing while Derek Sheils and Keith Amor will compete. Both are previous winners of the Trophy and should start as favourites for both legs of the Superbike races which count towards the Enkalon Trophy.
In the Walter Bell & Sons Oil Fired Boilers Supersport Class, Robert Kennedy from Dundrod heads the Lisburn challenge along with Amor, Jason Lynn, Christian Elkin, Connor Parkhill, Hamilton, Mark Colin and Robert English,
The Supersport Cup class also has a big entry just like the Pro event and produces great racing as they endeavour to increase their racing skills to move into the Pro class.
Kennedy also heads the challenge in the Slemish Water & Coolers Supertwins and Production Twins races along with Hamilton, Elkin, Derek McGee, Dave Butler, James Chawke and Kia McGreevy. The Production Twins run concurrently and again produce close racing throughout the field.
The Pre Injection class sees Lisburn’s Davy Graham making his 2015 season debut. This class is for older type 600cc machines and sees two GP250 machines also entered.
The Moto Three class runs concurrently with the Supersport 400 and has six GP125s entered. Classic Machines and Forgotten Era bikes make up another full grid with a blast of the past machines.
The 16 race program, is due to get under way at 11am following practice which is due off at 9am. At only £10 for admission which includes a programme and accompanied under 16s free, it should be a good day’s racing.
Local racers will be back in action on Monday at Kirkistown race track, where the action recommences in the Ulster and Irish Championships. Again racing starts at 11am.