The JAS Findlay Sunflower Trophy Races last weekend at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit was the final motorbike race meeting of the 2016 season. While all the media attention was focused on the “big names” who were visiting these shores and the feature Sunflower Trophy race, the meeting was also the final rounds of the Ulster Short Circuit season and the Ulster Supersport Championship was still up for for grabs, the two main contenders being Jason Lynn, Walter Bell Suzuki, who had secured the Irish Supersport Championship two weeks earlier and Nikki Coates, Kingsbury Packaging Kawasaki, who picked up the Irish Superbike Championship also at the St Angelo rounds on the 8th of October. With Lynn thirteen points ahead he went into the final races as favourite, in the first race Coates finished in fifth with Lynn trailing only two places behind closing the points deficit between them to eleven going into the final race. The second outing Lynn played it cool knowing he only realistically required a half decent points finish, taking no chances he crossed the line in ninth place with Coates three places ahead not enough to lift the championship. A great end to a closely fought year for Lynn in which he was crowned 2016 Irish Supersport champion, 2016 Ulster Supersport champion, 2016 Southern Ireland Supersport champion and he also came second in the Mondello Masters series.
This weekend Jason is attending the Masters Superbike Championship ‘Young Rider of the Year’ along with other nominees Robert English, Masters Superbike Champion, Luke Johnston who won the Masters Supersport class , Aaron Clifford, Supersport Cup winner, Aaron Armstrong, Masters Supertwin winner and youngster Rhys Irwin winner of the Young Guns Championship. This unique award scheme was introduced this year by the championship promoters and is backed by Mondello Park circuit owner Martin Birrane and Jim O’Brien of Bishopscourt Racing Circuit. The award has additional support from Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies, Pat Duke and Oxford Products.
Jason would like to say a big thank you to all his sponsors , helpers and everyone who attended our wee fundraiser at the start of the year in the Premier Bar Maghera …special thanks to Walter Bell bike owner and team CEO and Noel Robinson @slemish water , Jack Reid @jackreidcars , Keith Lynn , Gates family Alison Gates , Melvin and Louise , Dennis Dundee , granda and his mum Alison Lynn and John O’grady from JOG tuning/dyno ….there are others too many to name but thanks to anyone who was involved at any stage of this season …. I think we’ll take a table at the awards night this year . Another champion from the Big city of Upperlands