The fourteenth racer to take part in Road Racing News, recently launched Racing on the Irish Roads – Racers Recollections series is 2018 Irish Road Race Junior Support & Senior Support Championship runner-up, Liam Chawke.
His answers to the Irish road racing themed set of questions, are as follows:
Q1: What is your first Irish road racing memory?
“My first road race memory was 2004 at Athea, first time ever seeing it live was unreal then went onto to see Walderstown that summer with the tar melting, never thought I’d get the chance to race it.”
Q2: Present favourite Irish road race?
“My favourite road race is Tandragee, it was my first ever road race I will never forget it, started 21st finished 14th was just an unbelievable experience.”
Q3: Who is your most respected fellow Irish roads exponent?
“I have huge respect for any Irish road racer but I’ve had some great races and learnt a lot from Damian Horan.
He’s just an all round great guy and up for the craic and wants to help a lad out if he can.”
Q4: If you could alter one aspect, in particular, within the sport, what would it be and why?
“I suppose the one thing that everyone struggles with is the lack of practice.
It’s hard on a rider with one bike to come back during his second year and get up to speed, with just one qualifying session.”
Q5: To date what has been your favourite Irish roads moment?
“My most favourite memory is Killalane in 2018, taking my first win in the Senior Support class.”
Q6: Irish road racing summed up in one word, what would it be?
Q7: Is there any Irish roads event, that you haven’t raced at yet that you would like to?
“Athea road races, it was my first road race attending and it was always my dream to compete at it, so hopefully it will happen in 2023.”
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou