Opening two wheel race action in Northern Ireland for 2021, top level national circuit racing took place today at Kirkistown, hosting the Ulster Superbike Championship season opener.
24 times North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley took centre stage, banking a hat-trick of victories that included hard fought Superbike race triumphs.
Piloting the IFS Global Logistics R1 Yamaha, pole sitter Seeley received strong opposition from triple Irish Road Race Champion Derek Sheils, who continued the pace he’d shown at the opening Mondello Masters round.
Below 1.8 seconds covered Seeley, Sheils in the final nine lap Superbike race and the prior red flagged big bike encounter saw under half a second cover the esteemed riders.
Supersport wise, Seeley took the spoils within the opening 600 race stint whilst the following middleweight class contest would see 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop, emerge victorious by 5.8 seconds over Jason Lynn.
Third in the above mentioned first 600 race, the Ballymoney road racing legend Kirkistown racing venture also included maiden competitive outings aboard M1000RR BMW machinery, courtesy of Synetiq BMW, an indicator for the Armoy Road Races?
Others with distinguished road racing pedigrees chalking up top five finishes or better at Kirkistown included lead pursuer to Jeremy McWilliams in the Super Twin races, current Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney and McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean.
Not forgetting North West 200, Ulster GP winner Christian Elkin, yesteryear racing stalwarts Brian Mateer, Linton Irwin and Philip Shaw.
Photo credit: Rod Neill
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou