Tuesday 28th August 2012


Tuesday 28th August 2012


Republic of Ireland racer Wayne Kirwan took a thrilling manngo.im Junior Manx Grand Prix win, his first victory on the Isle of Man ahead of Durham rider Mike Minns. The pair couldn’t be separated after the first two laps but the refuelling pit stop proved decisive as Kirwan established a seventeen second lead by the end of the third lap. The Irish racer finished runner up in both the Junior and Senior races at the 2010 meeting but missed last year’s races.

Pre race favourite Jamie Coward, who qualified fastest, was first away but he was reported as off at Laurel Bank, just before Ballacraine, on the first lap leaving Northern Ireland’s Stephen McKnight at the front of the field at the first checkpoint, Glen Helen, from the Republic of Ireland’s Michael Sweeney with Kirwan in third.

Kirwin and McKnight swapped places by Ballaugh with the former holding a lead of less than a second from Sweeney with McKnight less than 2 seconds behind the leader by Ballaugh.

McKnight came back to lead at the end of the first lap with an opening lap of 19:55.08 (113.656) with Wayne Kirwan (19:56.22-113.548mph) in second and Mike Minns (19:56.84 – 113.489mph) moving up into third ahead of Sweeney (19.56.91- 113.482mph), with less than two seconds separating the first four.

The race at the front got even closer when Minns jumped to the front of the field by Ramsey on lap 2 with less than a second separating the top three of Minns, McKnight and Kirwin. By Cronk Ny Mona the gap between the front two – Minns and Kirwan - was reported to be a mere 0.18 seconds.

However Kirwin’s crew put in a decisive refuelling pit and by Glen Helen on the third lap Kirwan had established a lead of almost 18 seconds from Minns with McKnight a further seven seconds behind in third. Local rider Paul Smythe moved up into third by the Bungalow but shortly after was reported off at Keppel Gate but with no serious injury, with McKnight retaking the final podium place.

That remained the top three by the end of the race with Kirwan taking the win with 1:19.26.46 – 113.986mph, to Minns’ 1:19.53.87 – 113.335mph) with McKnight securing third with 1:20.04.99 – 113.072. There was also a stunning performance from James Cowton, the winner of Saturday Lightweight Newcomers Race who finished in fourth place with an overall time of 1:20.51.62 – 111.986mph.

Pictures: Dave Kneen ManxPhotosOnline.com and Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press International

Pictures: Dave Kneen ManxPhotosOnline.com

Pictures: Dave Kneen ManxPhotosOnline.com

Picture - Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press International

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Adelaide Masters Series beats World Superbike to 'Race of the Year' award

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Adelaide Masters Series - Press Release

Date: 23-01-2013

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Adelaide Masters beats World Superbikes to 'Race of the Year Award

The best of Ireland's National and International Motorcycle Racers were on hand in Belfast last Friday for the biggest night of the Irish Motorcycle Racing year, the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards. The event honours the achievements of Irish riders and teams along with the announcement of the Race of the Year which for the first time was awarded to a round of the Adelaide Masters Series.


The short list for the award included two World Superbike races and two of the best events from the International Road Race calendar, but it was the Masters first trip to Bishopscourt which was the unanimous choice of the judges. The award was presented to Marshall Neill for his stunning last gasp victory in the Grand Final at August’s Bishopscourt event.


On his return to the Adelaide Insurance backed series, Neill rode a stunning race along with four other riders who all finished within 0.6 of a second. The lead swapped between all five riders a number of times, with Cody Nally at the head of the bunch starting the last lap. In the second half of that final lap the race was turned on its head as positions swapped at every corner. In the shake up Nally was dumped back to fourth while Neill won a drag race from the final corner with Lee Johnston to win by 0.021 of a second, the closest finish in Adelaide Masters history.


The performances of Neill, Johnston, Nally, Brian McCormack and David Haire were judged to have produced a better race than Eugene Laverty's sensational Portuguese World Superbike win, Jonny Rea's last corner victory at Donington's World Superbike round and the best races from the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200. The announcement of the award was warmly received by the attendance of over 500 guests who heard Marshall Neill praise the series saying “the Masters is a brilliant championship and the riders are always made very welcome by the organisers”.


Earlier in the evening Brian McCormack had been presented with the Adelaide Masters Series trophies for both the Superbike and Supersport classes, as he became the first rider to lift both titles in a single year. McCormack was presented with his award by Mondello Park MD John Morris and Adelaide Insurance Services founder Sam Geddis.


The 2013 Adelaide Masters Series will be launched at the Adelaide Motorcycle Festival in Belfast which will run from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of February.



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