2022 two-wheel race action in Northern Ireland officially commenced today at Bishopscourt, which hosted the Ulster Superbike Championship season opener.
As anticipated by many, 24 times North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley took centre stage, surging to a quadruple of race victories.
Aboard the IFS Global Logistics supported R1 Yamaha, the ‘Wee Wizard’ showed his magic touch wasn’t fading with commanding performances in the Superbike races.
Over eight seconds clear of the chasing pack in the opening nine-lap race stint, the second, final 1000cc encounter would see Carl Phillips, who made his national roads debut at Cookstown in 2020, provide gritty opposition to his fellow compatriot.
Under two seconds covered the leading trio, after seven laps around the Bishopscourt National circuit.
BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Michael Browne, also looked in decent fettle on route to respective third, fifth place finishes.
Supersport wise, lead pursuer to Seeley, placing second twice, each time 15 plus seconds in arrears was another multi North West 200 victor, Christian Elkin.
Fellow Irish roads alumni Mark Johnson, Brian Mateer bagged successive Classic 350, Classic 250 successes, the evergreen Jeremy McWilliams headed the keenly contested Super Twins category whilst added pure road racing regulars competing included:
Wilson Craig Racing’s Joe Thompson (fifth in both Temple 100 Cup Supersport races), Philip Shaw (Classic 250 race runner-up x2), upcoming TT Races newcomer Joe Loughlin and former Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Thomas Maxwell.
Photo credit Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou