Road Racer’s Adventures: Kirkistown

Road Racer’s Adventures: Kirkistown

As if by magic 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop made the trip to Kirkistown, for what is more than likely the only purpose built circuit meeting in Northern Ireland this year.

21st century roads great Dunlop proved peerless aboard his own teams new YZF R6 Yamaha, within the feature Supersport races keeping at bay the challenges from Ulster GP podium finisher, former national roads Senior Support front runner Joe Loughlin.

Photo’s by Rod Neill

Alongside back to back Supersport triumphs, the showpiece King of Kirkistown races would see GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted Dunlop embroiled in captivating battles for victories with Jason Lynn and triple Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils.

Race 1 saw Roadhouse Macau BMW’s Sheils edge out Dunlop for honours by just under half a second, whilst the second big bike race stint would yield second, third place finishes for the real roads royalty members.

Courtesy of his 1st, 2nd place finishes, Superbike Classic TT rostrum finisher Sheils claimed the ‘King of Kirkistown’ title for 2020.

Added esteemed closed roads exponents in action on Saturday included 250 GP, Classic 500 front runner Barry Davidson, Nigel Moore, Philip Shaw, Christian Elkin and 2018 Newcomers A Manx GP winner Thomas Maxwell.

Words by Stevie Rial

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