Star Studded entry for 2016 Sunflower Trophy races
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
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
3 Young Guns Challenge / Junior Cup
4 Pre Injection
6 Lightweight (Moto3 (125GP) / SS400
7 Supertwins / Production Twins
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.
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
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