Friday, March 18

EASTER FESTIVAL RACES 40th ENKALON TROPHY 25th/26th March 2016 Bishopscourt Racing Circuit

The Easter Superbike Festival Races 

2016 ULSTER & IRISH MOTORCYCLE SHORT CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP Friday 25th Easter Saturday 26th March @ Bishopscourt Racing Circuit 40th ENKALON TROPHY in association with Cornmarket Insurance Services.

The 2016 Motorcycle road race season get under way on Good Friday 25th March and continues on Easter Saturday 26th March with the Ulster & Irish Short Circuit Championship. Venue just outside Downpatrick, Co Down at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.

Promoted by Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland, the Easter Superbike Festival Races are just a week away and have attracted over 200 entries for Ireland’s longest running Short Circuit Event ‘’The Enkalon Trophy’’.

This Year is the 40th Enkalon Trophy Race which is in association with Cornmarket Insurance Services.
Top Ulster & Irish Short Circuit Champions, National and International Road Racers will compete on one of the UKs best prepared Race Circuits.

Untimed & timed practice is scheduled for Friday and a full set of Championship Sprint races later in the afternoon.

Saturday will have a short warm up followed by another two sets of Championship races plus the Featured 40th Enkalon Trophy Race which is due off after the lunch break.

A full programme of practices, 31 races over two days, all for £15 admission. Bishopscourt Racing Circuit has on site catering, toilet blocks and ample room for overnight parking/camping etc, everyone is very welcome to stay and enjoy the crack on Friday night.

We are pleased to have Derek Sheils entered on the Burrows Engineering Racing superbike, to defend his Enkalon Trophy crown and hopefully be the first competitor in history to win the Enkalon Trophy for a Fourth time. We wish him well and good luck for the season ahead.

Superbike class has almost a full grid with Reigning Irish Superbike Champion Ryan Rainey leading his team mate and reigning Irish Supersport Champion Robert English both riding for IFS Global Logistics racing team on Yamaha YZF R1 machinery. Plus other previous Superbike Champions include Nico Mawhinney, Brian McCormack, David Haire last years runner up Ali Kirk, Nikki Coates, Cody Nally, Malachi Mitchell Thomas and Jamie Patterson to name a few will make these races a very close affair.

Walter Bell & Son Oil Fired Boilers, from Carrickfergus again sponsor our Supersport Class.
Double David Wood Memorial Trophy winner Nikki Coates leads a strong young entry of talent in this class, Jason Lynn, Robert Kennedy, Malachi Mitchell Thomas, Michael Rea, Luke Johnston, Ross Patterson and Brian McCormack will no doubt lead a freight train of supersport action, and last year’s best races came in this class and shouldn’t be missed come Easter.

40th Enkalon Trophy Race
Combine both lists of names from above classes and put them into the main attraction race ‘’ The 40th Enkalon Trophy Race’’ in association with Cornmarket Insurance Services. The fastest 18 competitors from qualifying in each the Superbike & Supersport Pro Classes fill the grid for the 10 lap race.
What so different about this 40TH Enkalon feature race ?
This year it also carries Irish & Ulster Championship status for both classes. So the points will be scored down to 15th positions.
That gives both these classes a great start to the season with 4 Championship rounds over two days to grab vital points.
This race also has the prizefund of – Enkalon Trophy Winner + £1000, 2nd £600, 3rd £400 ,4th £200, 5th £100, 6th £80, 7th £60, 8th £50, 9th £30, 10th £20.

Plus first Supersport machine £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £100.
Fastest Lap by Superbike £100 and Fastest Lap by Supersport £100

If that doesn’t whet your appetite enough we have the Supertwin classes.
Full grid of Supertwins and Production Twins, Supported by St Patricks Slemish Water & Coolers. Another very competitive race class and won’t be disappointing to watch.

Pre Injection class has always been strongly supported by competitors, a slightly cheaper race class and great to start racing in but produces great racing. This is almost like a R6 Cup class with a couple of Hondas and Suzuki’s. GP250 machines also race in this class.

The Moto 3 class runs concurrently with the Supersport 400 and we have five GP125s entered one less than last year but have three GP Moto 3 machines entered. Two young up and coming lads to watch out for in these races are Scott Swann and Aaron Wright both on their British Championship KTM 390s. We are grateful to Charles Hurst Hyundai, Dundonald who once again provide support for these races.
Classic Machines and Forgotten Era bikes make up another full grid with a blast of the past. Sound and smells of the machines of bygone years are brilliant to watch and experience.

125 Production ‘’Young Guns’’ Races sponsored by Dublin Gas Safety Systems is for the youngest competitors and it’s great to have 12 at our event.

Sidecars we have a full turnout of sidecars this year and they also can provide great exciting 3 wheel racing.

Full grids in the Superbike & Supersport Cup classes, more close racing from the guys working their way up towards the “Pro” classes learning the craft as they race.

In the Superbike Cup Class the overall winner will receive The Sam Martin Memorial Trophy plus £100.

Our Event Official Charity is The Chest Heart & Stroke, our hard working volunteer Paul Crozier will be making a 13000ft free fall sky dive in June for the Charity and all funds raised at the event will go towards Sponsoring him, we hope you can help support this very worthy charity.

Our appreciation to all our program adverts, Enkalon Motorcycle Club Antrim, Cornmarket Insurance Services, Killinchy & District MCC, Bishopscourt Racing Circuit and ALL our volunteers who work with us to make this event a success.

The 20 practice sessions kick off at 9am Friday and the 31 race program, commences at approx 2.30pm on Friday.

Saturday warm up 9am and racing from approx 10.00am.

Spectator’s admission charge of £15 includes a programme to the event. 
Accompanied under 16s foc.

Bishopscourt Racing circuit has on site catering, toilet/shower blocks with disabled access and viewing areas, Friday night camping available.

There will be a Trophy prize given at the end of Saturdays racing for the overall Podium prize winners in each Class.

Enkalon Trophy will be presented straight after the race by Road Racing Legend Ray McCullough.

Everyone welcome. 

Promoted by The Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland Ltd
Released by Mark Sanlon, Clerk of Course & MCRRCI Press Officer.


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