The Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival brings the curtain down this weekend, on what’s been an Irish roads season which has provided iconic moments a plenty, but also a challenging, character building one at times for all competitors.
Notable racers embarking upon the event previously titled the Killalane Road Races, include Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd.
Brotton’s Todd, lead newcomer at TT 2018, North West 200 and the Southern 100, has unquestionably been amongst the standout performers of this season.
Alongside his exploits at the International meetings, he’s also accumulated a consistent run of first rate results at national meets such as Walderstown and Faugheen.
Extremely capable of securing multiple class victories, same notion applies to Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney.
Photo by Rod Neill
Skerries Sweeney, who’s quietly impressed many this year with his pace in particular on 1000cc machinery, will have YZF R6 Yamaha, ER6 Kawasaki, S1000RR BMW machinery at his disposal this weekend.
Alongside Sweeney and Todd another racer going into Saturday, Sunday’s competition in good form is recently crowned Newcomers A Manx GP victor Thomas Maxwell.
Mullingar’s Maxwell, presently third within the Irish road race Super Twin, Superbike championships, like fellow rising roads star Paul Jordan is more than a touch capable of banking rostrum finishes on the Killalane course, which he regards amongst his favourite circuits.
Photo by Rod Neill
Additional notable confirmed entrants include Gary Dunlop plus Paul Robinson, who recently announced that this weekends action will mark his final real roads stint, as he calls time on a hugely successful career which has included North West 200, Ulster GP victories.
Action at the East Coast Racing Festival, is scheduled to get underway on Saturday afternoon with the all important qualifying sessions ahead of what’s set to be a top class day of racing on Sunday, the 10th of September.
Reminder to all fans attending, buy a race program and help out the hard working event organisers without whom Irish road racing as we know it, would not exist.
Words by Stevie Rial