Neil Robinson Memorial Races
Saturday saw the third running of the Mid Antrim motorcycle clubs Neil Robinson memorial races at Bishopscourt, the event which took place at Kirkistown last year enjoyed more favourable weather in 2017 with sunshine throughout the 2-day meeting. Carl Phillips on the MD racing Suzuki dominated the superbike class with the British Superstock rider taking two comfortable wins in the superbike class as well as the Neil Robinson feature race.
Bangor man Robert English who is also competing in the British superstock championship for IFS Yamaha marked his return to Irish championship racing with a win in the opening superbike race on Saturday. After a good start, it was Phillips who charged into the lead but as the race progressed he started slipping down the order with a mechanical problem leaving English to take the win from Nikki Coates with Ali Kirk third on his BMW.
Superbike race two saw English make a good start but was soon overhauled by Phillips and Nikki Coates. Phillips controlled the pace throughout winning by 1.7 seconds from Coates with English taking another podium spot in third place.
Race three saw a depleted field and once again Carl Phillips took the win from runner up Luke Johnston and Gerard Kinghan in third.
In the 15 lap Neil Robinson feature race Phillips once again showed his superior pace taking an easy win from Ali Kirk with Robert English taking third spot making it a hatrick of podiums for the Bangor man.
The supersport class was a much closer affair with Korie McGreevy winning the opening race from Ross Paterson by just 0.05 seconds with championship leader Jason Lynn taking third spot.
Race two saw British superstock 600 rider Robert Kennedy take his own RK racing Yamaha to victory pipping early race leader Ross Patterson to the line by just 0.01 seconds, McGreevy took his second podium of the weekend coming home in third spot.
Race three the three championship front runners crashed out, first it was Ross Patterson after a come together with Korie McGreevy then on the final lap in the same place he exited Patterson he lost the front of his Triumph sliding out and collecting Jason Lynn. Leaving Bob Wylie racing rider Christian Elkin to take his fist supersport race win in a number of years with Aaron Clifford second and Eugene McGlinchy third.
In the supertwin class Mark Hanna and Christina Elkin were the men to beat with Hanna winning race one and two with Elkin second in both races, however Elkin got the better of Hanna in race two denying him a hatrick of wins.