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Star Studded entry for 2016 Sunflower Trophy races

by / Wednesday, 12 October 2016 / Published in Blog / News, Motor Bike Racing

The 36th running of the Sunflower Trophy race meeting will take place at the Bishopscourt Race Circuit on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October.

Already the formidable entry list includes Danny Buchan, hoping to make it three in a row, BSB Rookie, Glenn Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati, Gearlink Team riders, Andrew Irwin, Carl Philips( 600 SUPERSPORT) & James East Superbike.

TYCO BMW will field former supermoto star, Christain Iddon, add in, David Haire KMR Kawasakis, recently crowned irish Champions, Nikki Coates & Jason Lynn along with ISB regulars, Nico Mawhinny, Gerard Kinghan (MSS Kawasaki),  Cody Nally &Mondello Masters Champion, Robert English (IFS Yamaha)

British Championship Moto 3 stars, returning home, include, Richard Kerr, Eugene McManus, Connall Courtney, Irish Champions, Luke Clements, Jonny Campbell and Christin Elkin.

Antrim born, Canadian, girl, Stacey Nesbitt will return to the Sunflower meeting, as will Scottish lassie, Gillian McGaw

 

Ronnie Donnan Parade Laps

There will be Two Parade Lap sessions for machines of yesteryear;

This year will see some very exotic machinery in action!

John Chapman, well known in the Classic Scene, is bringing over 7 exotic bikes!

including; 500MV Agusta, to be ridden by Ian Lougher, 500 RC161 Honda, to be ridden by Dan Kneen, ex Freddie Spencer 500 Honda, to be ridden by Adrain Craig, Ex Roger Burnett 500Rothmans Honda, to be ridden by David Chapman.

Bangor rider, and former Irish Superbike champion, Jamie Patterson will bring his ex Kenny Roberts 500 Yamaha out for the first time, and former Sunflower front runner, now living in Canada,  but returning home for this event, George Farlow, will ride at 500 RG Suzuki.

Practices will take place on Friday, with three races on Friday evening, Saturday will see a 14 race programme including the Feature Race, the JAS Finlay Sunflower race over 12 laps.

This meeting is also the Final round of the Irish and Ulster Short Circuit Championships.

Please Note;, More details of riders and machines in due course.

2016 Sunflower Trophy Races Qualifying and Race Schedule

Qualifying (Friday 9.00am) All sessions are timed.

1 & 10                        Supersport Cup

2 & 11                        Supersport

3 & 12                        Superbike Cup & F1

4 & 13                        Superbike

5 & 14                        Young Guns Challenge / Junior Cup

6 & 15                        Pre Injection / 250GP

7 & 16                        Sidecars

8 & 17                        Supertwins / Production Twins

9 & 18                        Lightweight (Moto 3 (125GP) / SS400

 

Ronnie Donnan Memorial Parade Laps after Session 9

 

Friday Race.

 

1             Provincial Group Supersport Cup / Superbike Cup / F1                                         8 Laps

2             Norman Watt Motorcycles Young Guns Challenge / Junior Cup                         7 Laps

3             Ironside Trophies Pre Injection                                                                                  8 Laps

Non Qualifiers if required

 

Race Timetable – Saturday

Warm Up – 9am

 

1             Supersport Cup / Superbike Cup / F1

2             Superbike

3             Young Guns Challenge / Junior Cup

4             Pre Injection

5             Supersport

6             Lightweight (Moto3 (125GP) / SS400

7             Supertwins / Production Twins

8             Sidecars

 

Saturday Race

 

1             Ashvale Farm Shop Supersport Cup / Superbike Cup / F1                                     8 Laps

2             AJ Plumbing Supplies Ltd Superbike                                                                         8 Laps

3             Nutt Travel Lightweight (Moto 3 (125GP) / SS400)                                                 8 Laps

4             Impact Bathrooms Supertwins / Production Twins                                                8 Laps

5             D B Tiles & Bathrooms Supersport                                                                             8 Laps

6             Wash and Dash Sidecars                                                                                              8 Laps

 

Ronnie Donnan Memorial Parade Laps

 

7             J.A.S. Finlay Sunflower Trophy Feature Race                                                          12 Laps

8             Global Oil Pre Injection                                                                                                 8 Laps

9             Baloo Hire Lightweight (Moto 3 (125GP) / SS400)                                                  8 Laps

10          The People’s Race Superbike                                                                                      8 Laps

11          Impact Bathrooms Supertwins / Production Twins                                                8 Laps

12          Killough Contracts Sidecars                                                                                         8 Laps

13          Schimmel Distribution Supersport                                                                             8 Laps

14          A.J.M. Sales Ltd. Young Guns Challenge / Junior Cup                                            7 Laps

Non Qualifiers if required

 

Please take all rubbish home with you: No tyres or oil to be put in bins : Circuit must be vacated by Saturday 7pm

 

Presentations at Podium after Each race

 

This will give Journalists the chance for after race interviews, and for Photographers to catch the winners with their silverware etc.

 

 

Bishopscourt Race Circuit; 29 Lismore Road, Bishopscourt, Downpatrick,BT30 7SY Northern Ireland.

roy@bishopscourt.org

Northern Ireland; 028 4484 2202

From Southern Ireland ; 048 4484 2202

Mobile ; +44(0)7813329090

 

Hillsborough MCC Facts;

The Club was started in 1947, and celebrates its 70th year next year

The Hillsborough MCC were responsible for the First ever Live Televised moto cross in Ireland

The club also scored a major coup, when they were the first club to bring on board Tobacco advertising, in the form of W.D&H.O Wills, who sponsored the televised Moto Cross .

 

 

 

PAST WINNERS OF THE SUNFLOWER TROPHY

 

1977 AGHADOWEY JOEY DUNLOP

1978 AGHADOWEY JOEY DUNLOP

1979 AGHADOWEY NOEL HUDSON

1980 AGHADOWEY CANCELLED

1981AGHADOWEY SAM McCLEMENTS

1982 AGHADOWEY ALAN IRWIN

1983  AGHADOWEY JOHNNY REA

1984  AGHADOWEY STEVEN CULL

1985  AGHADOWEY MARK FARMER

1986 AGHADOWEY ALAN IRWIN

1987 KIRKISTOWN RAY SWANN

1988 KIRKISTOWN JAMES WHITHAM

1989 KIRKISTOWN RON HASLAM

1990 KIRKISTOWN ROB McELNEA

1991 KIRKISTOWN BRIAN MORRISON

1992 KIRKISTOWN BRIAN MORRISON

1993 KIRKISTOWN BRIAN MORRISON

1994 BISHOPSCOURT JIM MOODIE

1995 BISHOPSCOURT STEVE HISLOP

1996 BISHOPSCOURT JAMES WHITHAM

1997 BISHOPSCOURT MATT LLEWLYN 1998

NO RACE 1999 KIRKISTOWN STEVE HISLOP

2000 KIRKISTOWN MICHAEL RUTTER

2001 KIRKISTOWN MARTY NUTT

2002 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2003 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2004 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2005 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2006 BISHOPSCOURT JONATHAN REA

2007 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2008 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL RUTTER

2009 BISHOPSCOURT IAN LOWRY

2010 BISHOPSCOURT MICHAEL LAVERTY

2011 BISHOPSCOURT IAN LOWRY

2012 NO RACE

2013 NO RACE

2014 BISHOPSCOURT DANNY BUCHAN

2015 BISHOPSCOURT DANNY BUCHAN

 

Photo Credits

Stephen Davison Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/10/2016: Sunflower trophy race sponsor Jim Finlay pictured with David Haire and Glenn Irwin at the launch of the Sunflower trophy races today. Haire will race 450cc and 650cc Kawasakis in Ryan Farquhar's SGS/KMR livery and Irwin will ride the Be Wiser/PBM Ducati he races in the British Superbike championship at the Bishopscourt meeting on October 21-22. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/10/2016: Sunflower trophy race sponsors Hector Neill, Jim Finlay, Chris Farr and David Clarke pictured with David Haire and Glenn Irwin and Hillsborough Chairman, Greg Wilson at the launch of the Sunflower trophy races today. Haire will race 450cc and 650cc Kawasakis in Ryan Farquhar's SGS/KMR livery and Irwin will ride the Be Wiser/PBM Ducati he races in the British Superbike championship at the Bishopscourt meeting on October 21-22. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/10/2016: Sunflower trophy race sponsors Hector Neill, Jim Finlay, Chris Farr and David Clarke pictured with David Haire and Glenn Irwin and Hillsborough Chairman, Greg Wilson and club members at the launch of the Sunflower trophy races today. Haire will race 450cc and 650cc Kawasakis in Ryan Farquhar's SGS/KMR livery and Irwin will ride the Be Wiser/PBM Ducati he races in the British Superbike championship at the Bishopscourt meeting on October 21-22. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/10/2016: MCUI officials Denis Wilson, Ken Turner, Jim Cray, David McCallister and Charlie Jones at the launch of the Sunflower trophy races today.  PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

One Response to “Star Studded entry for 2016 Sunflower Trophy races”

  1. John Condie says :

    Hi all,
    Wishing you all a safe and very competitive weekends racing & lets hope for a really big crowd to see these riders giving it their all at the final race of the year. Best Wishes to all who have worked so hard to put this event together. John

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