Sunday, May 12

Big Mac Fries Masters record with 6 win takeaway.

Brian McCormack dominated the main feature races this weekend in an astonishing haul, taking wins in all Superbike and Supersport outings. Starting on Saturday, the Tramore rider laid down a marker beating the competition on his On1 BMW S1000rr and newly unveiled Yamaha R6. McCormack continued where he left off on Sunday winning all 4 Superbike and Supersport races despite the best efforts of seasoned veterans Richie Ryan, Luke Johnston and Peter Moloney. Even the distraction of a restarted Superbike race wasn’t enough to deter #111 from completing the 6 wins, a new record for the Dunlop Masters series.

In the Supersport races, McCormack’s biggest threats were from TT entrant Ray Casey and Andrew Murphy but, today he rode flawlessly on the Mondello International track, an excellent platform leading into the upcoming International Road Races at the Northwest and TT.

Supertwins race wins went to Ross Irwin and David Halligan, while in the Production Twins class Jason Cash also had a weekend to remember winning all 3 races.

Three wins also went the way of Darryl Sharkey in the Principal Insurance Pre-injection races despite the best efforts of Mark Culleton and PJ Tobin.

Derek Lynch and passenger Anthony McDonnell repeated this feat in the Sidecar events while being hunted down by the outfits of both Dylan Lynch\Mark Gash and Peter O’Neill\Brian Butler.

The Junior Cup and Junior Supersport races saw victories picked up by Scott McCory, James McManus and Alex Duncan, a few names to watch out for the future.

Full Sunday results below, Saturday results available on Speedhive.

PCRS Bikesport Race 2 Supertwins

1. Ross Irwin
2. David Halligan
3. Michael Gillan
Production Twins
1. Jason Cash
2. Jamie Collins
3. Robert O’Connell

Race 2 Junior Cup
1. Scott McCrory
2. Reece Coyne
3. Jordan Keohane

Junior Supersport
1. Alex Duncan
2. James McManus
3. Rhys Coates

Race 2 Superbike ‘B’
1. Alan Armstrong
2. John Cahill
3. Mark Gillan
Race 2 Supersport ‘B’
1. Kevin Madigan
2. David Ging
3. John Kavanagh
Race 2 Dunlop Masters Supersport
1. Brian McCormack
2. Ray Casey
3. Andrew Murphy

1. Michael Owens
2. Trevor Landers
3. Ian Prendergast
Dunlop Masters Superbike Race 2
1. Brian McCormack
2. Luke Johnston
3. Richie Ryan
1. Frank Doherty
2. Joe Grant
3. Darragh Trappe
Principal Insurance Pre-Injection
1. Darryl Sharkey
2. PJ Tobin
3. Mark Culleton
Sidecar Race 2
1. Derek Lynch\Anthony McDonnell
2. Peter O’Neill\Brian Butler
3. Mark Codd\Liam Gordon

Race 3 Dunlop Masters Supersport
1. Brian McCormack
2. Ray Casey
3. Andrew Murphy

1. Michael Owens
2. Darryl Sharkey
3. Ian Prendergast
PCRS Bikesport Race 3 Supertwins
1. Ross Irwin
2. David Halligan
3. Michael Gillan
Production Twins
1. Jason Cash
2. Jamie Collins
3. Robert O’Connell

Race 3 Junior Cup
1. Scott McCrory
2. Reece Coyne
3. Jordan Keohane

Junior Supersport
1. James McManus
2. Alex Duncan
3. Rhys Coates
Dunlop Masters Superbike Race 3
1. Brian McCormack
2. Luke Johnston
3. Peter Moloney
1. Frank Doherty
2. Joe Grant
3. Darragh Trappe

Race 3 Superbike ‘B’
1. Alan Armstrong
2. John Cahill
3. Mark Gillan
Race 3 Supersport ‘B’
1. Kevin Madigan
2. David Ging
3. John Kavanagh

Sidecar Race 3
1. Derek Lynch\Anthony McDonnell
2. Dylan Lyncn\Mark Gash
3. Peter O’Neill\Brian Butler

Words Andy Quinn
Images courtesy of Joe Connolly

Thursday, May 9

Tenth Anniversary Dunlop Masters season continues on Mondello Park International Track

The 2019 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship pays its first visit to the full Mondello Park International Track this weekend, May 11th & 12th, as the riders chasing glory in the tenth season of the popular championship tackle rounds four, five and six.

As always the Dunlop Superbike class will be where most of the attention will focus, particularly with Richie Ryan on his Yamaha R1, pushing to become the first rider to win three Superbike titles and the first to do three in a row. Lining up against him will be at least a dozen Superbike Pro riders and another twelve of the fastest Superbike Cup contenders.

Having taken his maiden victories on the International Track last season, BMW mounted Luke Johnston will be aiming to repeat the feat and kick start his challenge for the championship. Riding a brand new Suzuki, Peter Moloney will also be out to break his run of second place finishes by finally getting the better of Ryan. Moloney will not be the only Suzuki rider with that aim, as regular podium finisher James Kelly looks capable of making a move towards the top step, while highly experienced Derek Wilson, on his return to the Superbike class will also be looking to make forward progress with his Suzuki.

Emmet O'Grady, riding the latest TAG Racing Honda Fireblade is another rider who will be aiming to move up the order following a difficult start to the season. Emmet will have to battle past the likes of his EICL BMW mounted namesake Thomas O'Grady, top Kawasaki riders Jamie O'Keeffe and Chris Campbell, and Supersport Cup graduate Keelim Ryan if he is to move up the order. Also in the mix will be the fastest Cup riders, Dean Fishbourne, who ran in among the front runners last time out, and Cup championship leader Joe Grant.

The Supersport class is the main support to the Superbikes and following a lean season in 2018 the grids have been growing with the introduction of some new riders and returning riders on new machinery. Having damaged his Superbike at the season opener Andrew Murphy will make his Dunlop Masters Supersport debut this weekend, riding a Yamaha R6 loaned to him by Twins Championship sponsor PCRS Bikesport. Murphy will go up against championship leader and current 'Young Racer of the Year', Caolán Irwin, on a later model Yamaha, and his closest challenger following the opening event, Kawasaki mounted Raymond Casey. Also likely to figure at the front of the field will be Luke O'Higgins and Dave Butler as well as the top 'Cup' class racers Darryl Sharkey, Kevin Dempsey and Ian Prendergast.

The Dunlop backed championships will also be supported by three rounds of the Principal Insurance Pre-Injection class, which had three different winners at the opening event in April. The PCRS Twins Championship, which is led by Ross Irwin, brother of BSB stars Glen and Andrew will also continue its campaign with three races, as will Junior Cup and Junior Supersport. Sidecars, with two races on Saturday and one on Sunday, and the combined grid of Lightweight Supersport and Classic Superbikes, who will race on Saturday only, complete the line-up.

Adult admission to the second Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship event of the season is just €12.50 booked in advance, with on the day admission set at €15.00 and under 16's admitted free. All admission includes a complimentary event programme. The event can be followed on with live timing available all weekend and live streaming TV coverage of Sunday afternoon's racing.

Wednesday, May 8


The traditional May Day Bank Holiday Bennetts British Superbike Championship round took
place this past weekend at Oulton Park, and it was a positive event across the board for
Team #109 at the Cheshire circuit. 2018 Dickies Junior Supersport champion Eunan
McGlinchey put the bad luck of Silverstone behind him to claim his first Pirelli National
Superstock 600 point scoring finish, and claiming a podium in the process. Graeme Irwin
also continued his solid progress in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, breaking
into the top twenty for the first time during qualifying, before taking twenty-fifth in the
feature race on Monday morning.

Twenty-one year old McGlinchey got his weekend off to a steady start on Saturday
morning, finishing the opening free practice session in twelfth position in what were damp
and difficult conditions, before drying out for the last ten minutes. Free practice two was
dry for the entirety, and following a few changes and experiments with the bike set up
McGlinchey finished the session inside the top fifteen, taking fourteenth position.
Qualifying was once again dry on Sunday afternoon, and McGlinchey really began getting
into his stride, taking over two seconds off his time from the day before, and claiming
sixth position on the grid for Mondays sole Superstock 600 race. Following a good start
McGlinchey managed to slot in behind the leading group on the opening lap, and was
looking strong early on. Following a huge moment on the exit of Druids on the second lap,
McGlinchey did brilliantly to stay onboard the Team #109 Kawasaki. Having lost touch with
the leader following his save, the Aghadowey rider was involved in a fantastic battle for
the remaining two podium positions with the Triumph of Korie McGreevy and the Yamaha
of Aaron Clifford as the race progressed.

As the laps ticked by, McGlinchey’s times continued to improve and despite McGreevy and
Clifford’s best efforts, the Aghadowey rider managed to hold onto second position, to
score not only his first finish in the class, but also his first Pirelli National Superstock 600
podium. With twenty points to his name in the championship standings, the twenty-one
year old jumped straight into sixth in the championship standings, sixteen points behind
championship leader and third place finisher, Aaron Clifford.

Former British motocross champion Graeme Irwin continued his excellent progress this
following weekend onboard the Team #109 Kawasaki ZX-10RR. At just his second race
event in the British championship, and in what were tricky conditions throughout, Irwin
stayed consistent no matter what the weather, and never fell outside the top thirty across
all three days, in a class with just short of fifty entries.
Free practice one saw Irwin claim twenty-sixth position, before improving four places in
free practice two, taking over a second and a half off his lap time from the session
previous. Moving into qualifying the following day, Irwin continued to climb the standings
improving to twentieth position, not only claiming his best qualifying to date, but also his
best overall finish to date.

Monday morning saw a huge shower sweep across the Oulton Park track, and with the
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race being the first on the timetable for the day, it proved
an extremely difficult race for Irwin on the Kawasaki. Despite it being his first race in the
wet, Irwin managed a solid run in the tough conditions, and still managed to finish inside
the top thirty, taking twenty-fifth position on the day, capping off a solid event for the
Carrickfergus rider.

Next up on the calendar for Team #109 is the third round of the Bennetts British
Superbike calendar, which will take place at the historic Donington Park. The Cork based
outfit will also be back to a full stable with the return of the Dickies Junior Supersport
class, bringing the team back up to a four bike outfit for the event.

Team #109 would like to thank all their sponsors for their support,, Team Green
Kawasaki, Kinsale Hotel & Spa, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Ohlins Racing, CMRVC,
Glenn Irwin, Fuchs Silkolene, R&G, JOG Tuning, PP Tuning, Arrow Exhaust, JTec Sports,
SBS Brakes, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family Butchers, James McCann
Photography, Spears Racing, HEL Performance, Unlimited Industries, and Samco Sport.
Photographs courtesy of James McCann | @jmccannphoto |

Wednesday, May 1

Following the opening round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship at
Silverstone a fortnight ago, the series makes its first trip of two this season to the Cheshire
circuit, Oulton Park. After an eventful opening weekend with a four rider line up, Team
#109 will have their numbers cut in half, with just Eunan McGlinchey and Graeme Irwin in
action in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 classes, with no round for the
Dickies Junior Supersport championship this upcoming bank holiday weekend.
An unfortunate debut weekend in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 saw Eunan
McGlinchey crash out following an incident off the start line, bringing his weekend to a
premature end.

The weekend got off to a difficult start for McGlinchey and Team #109 following some
little set up issues with their new Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 on Friday morning during the
opening free practice session. However just as they did last season, they worked together
to iron out the issues and improved every time they returned to the track, firstly in the
second free practice session later that afternoon, where he went from twentieth to sixth.
The following day saw McGlinchey improve yet again, scoring fourth place in the opening
qualifying session of the campaign, which would see him head the second row on the grid
for the following days race. Expectations were high in the garage as a number of further
changes were made following the qualifying session as the team still felt there was more
improvements to be made with the bike in preparation for the race.

As the lights went out in the first race of the new year, an incident at the start involving
McGlinchey and another rider caused a red flag situation, and the Aghadowey rider was
transferred to the medical centre. It was unfortunate end to the race for the reigning
Junior Supersport champion, but luckily he suffered no major injuries and will be back in
action this weekend at Oulton Park.

Graeme Irwin also suffered a crash in the second half of the two part one hundred mile
race, before taking a twenty-fourth place finish in the third race of the weekend onboard
the Team #109 Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Before Irwin had even taken to the track at Silverstone
he had a lot of eyes on him, following an impressive pre-season as well as the motocross
record he brings into the paddock.

In a huge class of over fifty riders Graeme put in an impressive performance in the
opening free practice session of the weekend on Friday, narrowly missing out on a top
thirty finish, taking thirty-first in the final classification. The second practice session of the
weekend saw Irwin improve both his time and position, taking almost half a second off his
earlier time, and breaking into the top thirty, finishing in twenty-ninth.

The split qualifying session saw only forty riders qualify to race on Sunday, and just as he
did on Friday, Graeme took three tenths of a second off his best time of the weekend, and
improved his position, qualifying in twenty-eighth position for the two part race later that
afternoon. Unfortunately after a solid performance in the opening twenty-four lap race
which saw Graeme finish in thirtieth, he suffered a crash early in the second part, failing to
score a finish in the second race of the Superstock 1000 career. However, on Sunday Irwin
was soon to put his tough race two behind him, putting in a great performance to cap off
the event, taking twenty-fourth place in the third and final race of the weekend, brining
his solid debut to a close in impressive fashion.

The next round at Oulton Park this weekend over the May Day Bank Holiday will see
McGlinchey hope to put the bad luck from Silverstone behind him and get his first points
on the board, with Irwin hoping to continue his improvements in the highly competitive
Superstock 1000 class.

Team #109 would like to thank all their sponsors for their continued support,,
Team Green Kawasaki, Kinsale Hotel & Spa, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Ohlins
Racing, CMRVC, Glenn Irwin, Fuchs Silkolene, R&G, JOG Tuning, PP Tuning, Arrow
Exhaust, JTec Sports, SBS Brakes, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family
Butchers, James McCann Photography, Spears Racing, HEL Performance, Unlimited
Industries, and Samco Sport.

Photographs courtesy of James McCann | @jmccannphoto |

Sunday, April 28

Cracking Cookstown defies weather and delights supporters

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 went to plan yesterday despite the inclement weather conditions predicted. With the roads closed by 10am, the Club ran the meeting with military precision much to the delight of the sponsors and spectators present.

Derek McGee deservedly won “Man of the Meeting” with 3 wins in Moto3, Supertwins a Superbike victory.

McGee started the day on a high with a win on the Francesco Faraldo Moto3 machine and would contest another 4 races later in the day. His next outing was in the Supertwins race where he was pushed hard for the win by Adam McClean over the 7 laps but, eventually made a move that stuck. His 3rd win of the day would come in the restarted KDM Hire Superbike feature race that closed the day’s races.

Derek Sheils also banked a Superbike win on the day as he claimed the Royal Hotel Open race from Adam McClean, with McGee completing the podium in 3rd. McClean went 1 better in the Supersport A race, when it was red flagged after 4 laps. Derek McGee was 2nd and Paul Jordan an excellent 3rd place.

Other wins on the day went to Eoin O’Soichru in Junior Support while Tommy Henry won the Senior Support race. Barry Davidson picked up the win in 350cc Classics and Brian Mateer claimed the 250cc prize. In the 500cc class Barry Davidson completed the double and Richard Ford took the top step in the 1000’s. Chris Meyer won the 250GP race, Gareth Keys the Forgotten Era and Paul Williams rode brilliantly earring the Lightweight Supersport accolades.

Overall a very successful meeting and with the closeness of the results, 2019 had the makings of a memorable season in Irish Road Racing.
Huge credit must go out to the Club, Officials, Marshals, Medics, Photographers and spectators that turned out to view the unique spectacle that is Irish Road Racing.

Well done Cookstown, now we look forward to Tandragee

Words – Andy Quinn

Images kind permission of Baylon McCaughey

Tuesday, April 23

Manx GP winner Weeden to line up at KDM Hire Cookstown 100

Former Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden will make his KDM Hire Cookstown 100 debut this weekend, the 24-year-old Kent rider joined forces with the new look John Burrows race team, re-branded Burrows Engineering/Richardson Kelly Racing.
For Weeden, this will be a completely new challenge, a challenge that he hopes will put him back on the pedestal he was on a few years ago. Following his MGP Success, Weeden admits that success that the he expected hasn’t really materialised. Having recently tested with his new team, Weeden was full of praise for the team. “I’ve settled in really well with the boys. Anything I ask for, they sort for me, really good lads, John is great to work with, he has been there done it, and knows what a rider needs, I feel like a works rider!” quipped a smiling Tom after a couple of days testing at Kirkistown.
“Really looking forward to getting back out to Northern Ireland this weekend. I’m going to spend Thursday driving round the circuit to familiarise myself and reinforce the onboard laps I’ve watched. Putting no pressure on myself for results, just want to enjoy it and make further steps forward with the RK Racing by Burrows Engineering bikes in prep for the NW200 and TT. The track looks mega and can’t wait to get the season started onboard the new bikes!!’

For Burrows, the Dungannon engineer has been instrumental in forging young talent to the sport, in the past nurturing riders such as Davey Todd, Dan Kneen, Malachi Mitchell Thomas and Jamie Hamilton. Along with Team returnee Derek Sheils, both riders will be on board new Suzuki’s in the open races at Cookstown this weekend.
Joining Sheils and Weeden on the grid at Cookstown will be McAdoo racings Adam McLean, who had a convincing double at Bishopscourt on Saturday last. Derek McGee took in the Easter meetings to get a few miles under his belt as did Paul Jordan, another rider who has put in some heroic performances in early season short circuit racing. Michael Sweeney is satisfied with his preseason tests and lines out on his Superbike, Supersport and Supertwin.
International flavour comes from Czech riders Michal Dokoupil & Veronika Hankocyova and from Holland, Nadieh Schoots.
A new look start-finish area, along with a streamlined race program for Saturday should make the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 more appealing to the spectators.
Scrutineering will start at 9.00am Friday Morning and continues until 12 noon.
The onus is on the competitor to present both himself (with leathers and helmet(s) and machine at Scrutiny within the timeframe given.
This is to ensure that all paperwork can be completed in time before Practice starts.
ALL COMPETITORS MUST ATTEND the Riders Briefing, which will take place at 11.30am at the New Bridge (Beside the Sign On office).
A roll call of riders will be announced, and ANY competitor failing to respond to this, will face exclusion from the event!

There is a Classic Bike run on Thursday evening, starting from the Burn Road car park at 7.15.
Roads close for Practice on Friday at 12 noon, with a four-race scheduled for Friday evening after the 17 practice sessions.
Roads close on Saturday at 10.00am.

Thursday, March 28

2018 Young Racer of the Year, Caolan Irwin, to benefit from €14,000 support package

2018 Masters Superbike Championship 'Young Racer of the Year' award winner, Caolán Irwin, recently put pen to paper to confirm his 2019 programme which will see him return to the British Superbike paddock, to race in the Superstock 600 class.

The Donegal native will contest the extremely competitive series on a brand new Kawasaki ZX6, with financial backing from the Young Racer Award sponsors, Dawn International, Mondello Park and EICL. Thanks must also go to the BSB organisers who are assisting with the Young Racer programme.

Caolán's 2019 programme kicks off in two weeks’ time with the official BSB test at Silverstone on April 9th. This will be the Kilmacrennan racers' first opportunity to sample his new machine, which is currently being built. Following the test the team will have just ten days before the championship returns to the Northampton track for the season opener.

Having completed his deal with the Young Racer award organisers Caolán said “I am delighted to sign the contract to formally start my working relationship with the organisers and the associated sponsors. As I have said previously I cannot stress how crucial this award has been in the progression of my career as I prepare for a full season in the British Superstock 600 Championship. I have completed a very successful pre-season testing schedule with my team which will be released in the next few weeks. I feel very proud to be representing Mondello Park and the awards sponsors this season as it is a terrific incentive by the organisers to help young Irish racers make the step up to the next level."

Irwin's plan is to compete in all of the British Superstock series and having taken his maiden podium in 2018, and finished in the championship top ten, the Young racer of the Year's aim is to lift the title at his second attempt. Alongside his BSB commitments, Caolán will also contest any non clashing Masters Supersport Championship rounds.

Words and images Mondello Park

Friday, March 1

Carole Nash Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show - Gallery

A few images from Press day.

Sunday, February 24

Charity Run Nifty 50 number 10 ranks number 1 for entertainment

The annual Nifty 50 endurance event returned yesterday to Mondello Park providing a thoroughly entertaining day out for riders and spectators alike.

Now in its 10th year, the charity driven run goes from strength to strength managed meticulously by Blackchurch racings Ed Byrne. A packed field of 46 teams entered this year with an International cross section of riders from the UK, Isle of Man complimenting the strong contingent of Irish riders from the length and breadth of the country.

The day began for some well before 8am as the scrutiny bay opened for business, where the MCI Technical team provided this service free of charge. A flag seminar and anti-doping talk was given by Terry and Sheila Logan just before the start, who also kindly gave up their day to volunteer as Clerk of the Course. Some yellow flag indiscretions were reported during the practice session, so before the start another briefing was given to remind the participants about the importance of safety during the charity event.

The pandemonium Le Mans start created the first talking point of the day as over-enthusiasm got the better of some riders who bolted early, meaning a restart was necessary and all riders were ushered back to the start\finish. This time, all went according to plan and the madness ensued. As the day progressed, the misty drizzle disappeared and some dry mild weather graced the drying track allowing lap times to drop. Some talented entrants had made the best of the tricky damp conditions and by mid-afternoon had built up a healthy lead. The rate of attrition then began to take its toll or machine and rider alike and the recovery truck was kept busy bringing battered bikes back to the pit lane for duct tape and cable ties but, by and large most teams last the distance from flag to flag. The afternoon flew in the sunshine and at 3.30 the chequered flag was raised ending a terrific event and another highly successful day where 44 of the 46 teams entered also finished.


                1st Team Cider
                2nd Blue Light Bastardos
                3rd Epic Failure

90cc Standard
                1st Bikeworld
                2nd Knee Down Racing
                3rd Manly Racing

Modified class
                1st The Old Peculiars
                2nd SDR Racing
                3rd Jetshed

Pot Noodle awards went to Peig Scrapers (illegal testing session in Watergrasshill), James Carroll (crashing while not racing) and Gogi (paddock gymnastics)

The Aidan Lynam Trophy “the Spirit of the Nifty 50” went to Graeme Young

This event was run mostly by volunteers maximizing the funds that will be donated to the nominated charities. Mondello Park also offered 50% of the admission fee to which Ed and Andy decided would go to Down Syndrome Ireland.

Huge thanks to Ed Byrne and his team Jordan and Mike in the tower, Sheila and Terry Logan CoC, the MCI Technical team for scrutiny, Jay Murray and Gerry Power plus all of the Marshals, Paul Grogan from, the Medical staff, the Mondello staff, Noel, Karie and Mattie running pit lane and photographers John Burke and Roy Adams.

The entry to the 2020 Nifty 50 will open towards the end of the year and an announcement will be made on the Nifty 50 Facebook page.

Full results on

Words Andy Quinn
Images courtesy of John Burke