Ulster Superbike Championship Round One
Ulster Superbike Championship Round One
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit
21st March 2020
With just over a week to go until the opening round of the 2020 Ulster Superbike championship the provisional entry list for the Superbikes and Supersport classes have been released. Any one still wanting an entry should contact race secretary Mark Harrison as soon as possible as no late entries will be accepted.
Defending Champion Carl Phillips on new Suzuki machinery will be hoping his 2020 campaign starts off in the same way as last year when he dominated the opening rounds.
There will of course be a lot of fast riders out to spoil Phillips party.
Runner up in the last two years championships Ali Kirk will be putting up a strong challenge on his AKR/McCurry Motorsport BMW.
2018 champion Gerard Kinghan having had a season to get used to the IFS Yamaha R1 will no doubt be a font runner and a regular on the podium throughout the year.
Aaron Armstrong had a taste of victory at the Norman Brown Memorial races in 2019 and several podium finishes he too will be hoping to put in a strong appearance.
Another man on new machinery for 2020 and hoping for a few podium finishes this season is Nico Mawhinney.
4 times Supersport Champion, Jason Lynn will be absent from the grid for the opening round.
A full list of Superbike entries received so far are as below:-
|58||Lee Chambers||DR RACING BMW||Kilkeel||4863346|
|11||Nico Mawhinney||Letrim cons BMW by team polaris||Castledawson||6507346|
|7||Jonathan Harvey||Karcher Suzuki||Scarva||8168536|
|22||Stephen McAdoo||Connollys service station Kawaski||Dungannon||6402900|
|3||Ryan Gibson||JMC Kawaski 1000||Bandbridge||4171328|
|53||Jason Moorhead||Suzuki 1000||Bandbridge||2291772|
|4||Gerard Kinghan||Yamaha 1000||Randlestown||670097|
|21||Aaron Armstrong||Hunky Dory Suzuki||Lisnaskea||4302643|
|13||Gary McCoy||Suzuki 1000||Cookstown||955720|
|99||Ross Irwin||Magic Bullet Kawaski ZX10||Carrickfergus||3986044|
|89||Jonny Singleton||Kawaski 1000||Markethill||1254756|
|77||Kevin Lavery||Moira Suzuki||Dungannon||5519667|
|9||Barry Graham||BG Boats Kawaski ZX10||Kilkeel||8670571|
|32||Carl Philips||DR/SB Racing Suzuki||Lisburn||380727|
|101||Derek Craig||LML Racing Kawaski||Newtownabbey||504279|
|47||Alistair Kirk||AKR/McCurry Motorsport BMW||Dromore||1324546|
|93||Paul Cranston||Suzuki 1000||Moy|
The Superbike cup is also likely to produce some close hard fought racing. With 2019 Champion Lee Chambers promoted to the Superbike class after taking the 2019 championship with a 134 point lead it could be a battle between last years the 2nd to 4th place men who were only separated by 44 points at the end of last year.
Start list for round one is as follows.
|68||George Dawson||Suzuki GSXR 1000||Waringstown|
|54||Matthew Caughey||SRT Suzuki||Ballywalter|
|353||David Ambrose||SRT Honda||Cloughey|
|56||Sean Crossan||BMW 1000||Londonderry|
|130||Steven Love||Suzuki 1000||Antrim|
|26||Barry Kelly||Bayview Contracts BMW 1000||Newry|
|10||George Thompson||Kawaski 1000||Omagh|
|34||Aaron Uprichard||LMLR Yamaha||Dundonald|
|12||Alan Armstrong||Suzuki 1000||Lisnaskea|
|15||Daniel Matheson||Leo Mathewson Ltd BMW||Newcastle|
|66||Adam Crooks||s&j Davison Kawaski 1000||Dungannon|
|31||Damien Carson||Yamaha 1000||Crumlin|
|222||Michael Gahan||Newline Elite Racing Kawaski||Limavady|
|49||Stephen McKeown||McKilop Motorcycles BMW||Maghera|
|343||David Robinson||E.T.A Yamaha R1||Ballymoney|
|82||Alan Graham||GI Plastering Kawaski ZX10||Kilkeel|
|87||Daryl Aston||Kane Engineering Honda 1000||Portavogie|
|30||Brian Graham||MPC Racing Kawaski||Kilkeel|
|70||Derek oDonnell||Yamaha 600||Donegal|
|91||John Shearer||jsecomputing.com BMW 1000||Eglinton|
|84||Liam Trainer||Yamaha 600||Enniskillen|
With 4 time Supersport winner Jason Lynn moving into the Superbike class this leaves the supersport championship open to a number of competitors. Mark Conlin will be hoping this could be his year but he will be up against some stiff opposition from the likes of Christian Elkin, the improving Kyle Cross who finished 4th last year, Jonny Campbell could also be a major challenger for the championship in 2020 having had a superb 1st season on a 600 last year and a host of others are capable of podium finishes.
Start list for round one is as below:-
|114||Jonathan Patterson||Kawaski 600||Ballymahinch||6607471|
|50||Kyle Cross||Dynamic Design Yamaha||Lisburn||8002334|
|65||Shane Henderson||Fast Response Yamaha R6||Larne||1587392|
|3||Mark Conlin||NRG Yamaha||Belfast||1111036|
|155||Jonny Campbell||IMR Racing Triumph||Lisburn||7106204|
|Justin Milligan||Triumph 675R||Belfast||1879297|
|83||Mark Kavanagh||Honda CBR 600 RR||Leigh on sea|
|36||Chris Thompson||Triumph 675R||Omagh||4199341|
|29||Ryan Fenton||NJT Racing Yamaha||Ballymoney||6874177|
|71||Paddy Lavery||Nugent Eng Yamaha R6||Blackwater Town||206329|
|23||Stuart McCann||M.R.E Triumph||Lisbane||7219378|
|85||Michael Irwin||McKillop Kawasaki||Donaghcloney|
|444||Andrew Linton||MSM Driving School Kawasaki||Ballynahinch||7826971|
|232||Jack Oliver||Oliver Racing Kawaski||Limavady||5550486|
|65||Jamie Boreland||Glenlough Enginnering Kawaski||Aghadowey|
|84||Liam Trainer||Yamaha 600||Enniskillen||6550624|
|70||Derek O Donnell||Yamaha 600||Donegal||2258738|
Gates open 16:00 on Friday 20th for rider setup.
Gates open 07:00 Saturday morning.
Scutineering from 19:00 – 20:30 fFriday and from 07:00 Saturday.
Qualifying starts at 09:00.
Entry £10 under 16s free if accompanied by an adult.
Following qualifying there will be a full programme of races in all other classes with the first race due to start at 11am
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