Sunflower Trophy Races, Carl Phillips.
Podium finisher in a thrilling 600 supersport race at the Sunflower Trophy Race meeting last year was Carl Philips, the Lisburn rider sought a competitive ride in the same class for the 2017 season, but, found that costs were out of his reach, so after a chat with TT Hero Michael Dunlop, an agreement was reached for Carl to ride the all new Suzuki in this years ultra competitive British Supertock class.
Dipping into unknown waters, Carl rode the new bike for the first time at a test in Spain,”It felt like a 600,but with twice the speed “quipped Philips.
Unlike others in the same class, Carl had only two days testing on the new bike before heading to the opening round of the championship!
Throughout the season, Philips has shown that he has the speed to run with the best, but the lack of pre season testing no doubt held back progress with the all new machine, but Carl has been moving forward at each meeting this year.
The more and more time Carl got on the Suzuki the better he understood of how it worked.
To finish in 9th at the first race was certainly morale boosting start to the season.
. With a limited budget set out for Carl at the start of the season , he just set a goal of trying to be consistent, and score points when possible.
Carl also took in some races back home, winning Rounds of the Mondello Masters Also at the Davy Wood Memorial meeting, along with the races at the Neil Robinson Memorial meeting.
Reflecting on his season so far, Philips had this to say ;
Highlight of my season has the be battling at the front at Thruxton setting the fastest lap of the race and to start pole position for race two!”
And what about the forthcoming Sunflower Trophy Races?
“Really looking forward to the Sunflower Trophy races this year, ,been Getting plenty of time on the bike. and I recently had a run out at Anglesey finishing 3rd overall. After last years great event with 2 x podiums hopefully I can follow up with this in the superbike class on boards the MD racing Suzuki.”
Admission Charges for Sunflower Trophy Race Meeting ; £10 on Friday £15 on Sat or £20 for the weekend. Includes free program and parking. Also no extra charge for campers or tents
Note for Sunflower race Competitors
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit
Gates Will Open On Thursday 19th Oct
at 2pm For Competitor Setup, Closing at Midnight.
Friday 20th Gates Will Open At 6am Closing Again …
At Midnight Re opening Saturday 21st At 6am.
The Circuit To Be Vacated 7pm Saturday Evening
photos/Words; Baylon McCaughey
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