Friday, April 13


After what was pretty much a dream start to the new Bennetts British Superbike Championship season last weekend at Donington Park, Team #109 are hoping to bring the momentum into the second event of the campaign this weekend at Brands Hatch. With both the Pirelli National Superstock 600 and Dickies British Junior Supersport classes on display this weekend, all three of the Cork teams riders will be in action, with Edenderry's Kevin Keyes once again aiming for the podium onboard his Kawasaki ZX6 in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, with Aghadowey teenager Eunan McGlinchey and Dubliner Brendan Glover both back on track on the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 machines in the new Dickies British Junior Supersport series. 

Keyes will be going into the event with aims of stepping back onto the Pirelli National Superstock 600 podium, and will no doubt have his eyes set on the top step, following on from his second-place finish at the East Midlands track less than two weeks ago. After a double podium in the Dickies British Junior Supersport class at the opening round, including a victory in the first race of the season, McGlinchey will be going into the second event of the calendar with a target on his back, sitting on top of the championship standings after the opening two races. Glover shown some solid progress throughout his opening weekend in the British Championship, and with it being just his first time racing a four-stroke machine, progress is the name of the game for the fifteen-year-old from Dublin. 

Looking ahead to the second round of the season, team manager Paul Tobin said; "We had a fantastic opening meeting at Donington Park over the Easter weekend, the teams’ results were amazing for our first event of the season, I would be lying if I said we weren't still on a bit of a high from it. But we aren't letting ourselves get carried away, it's a long season with a lot of races still to go, but now it's about trying to build on our momentum from Donington going into Brands Hatch this weekend. We're going to be doing our best to keep both Kevin and Eunan towards the top of their respective championships, and also to help young Brendan to continue his progress and find his feet in the British championship. But at the minute we aren't looking past race one this weekend, we'll work hard during practice to try and give the guys the bikes they need to qualify, and then work towards the races from there and keep the hard work going.'

Words and images James McCann

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