Thursday, October 13

Aaron Clifford takes Masters SBK Supersport Cup Championship Glory - By Gordon Hatch

Photo Credit Derek Wilson
Duleek Schoolboy and Motorcycle Racer Aaron Clifford wrapped up the Irish "Masters SBK Championship" Supersport Cup Series at Mondello Park race circuit on Sunday 2nd October and retained a 100 percent win record in the class.

Following a tough time in qualifying on Saturday 1st October Aaron had it all to do on his Kingsbury Packaging ZX6-R machine on race day.

However Aaron wasn’t fazed by having to start at the rear of the grid in race one after a puncture in qualifying prevented him from setting a time and following a strong performance, and many overtakes, he finished in 7th place.
HIs times from race one gave Aaron a starting position of 6th place on Sunday for the second race and after a tough battle he also finished in sixth.

Following a much better start in the third and final race of the weekend Aaron gave himself lots to do after encountering a gearing problem while fighting for the lead that dropped him back to 20th place the 17-year-old fought his way back to fifth to give him the Supersport Cup Championship.

Thrilled with his victory, Aaron said, 
“I’m happy to have continued my 100 percent win streak in the Cup Class, and I also managed to break the Supersport Cup Lap Record by 2.4 seconds!”
“Can't thank the Kingsbury Packaging Team enough for giving me a Mega Bike, which never missed a beat all year! Also I'd like to thank Ernie Lynch from Tarstone Road Maintenance for coming down to support me and all of my sponsors! Noone Transport, Sean Murray, Dixon International, AKB Distribution, North Dublin Motorcycles, DMG Landscapes, TMR Minibikes, Tarstone Road Maintenance, Retink Graphics, Curran Commercial Spraying and Megabikes Dublin,” he said.

"Unfortunately this weekend I will not be attending the last round of Thundersport GB in Cadwell Park.  Disappointed as I am still in with a chance of the championship, but I will be going to Brands Hatch, British Superbikes, taking part in my second BSB wildcard this year in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship.  I am looking to get into the BSB paddock next year and this gives me an opportunity to learn the track for next year, as I've never rode the GP circuit before, and also to see what BSB is all about!!"

Best of luck Aaron from all at Irish Superbike Racing.

Photo credits Derek Wilson Photography

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