The Temple Motorcycle And Athletic Club Ltd
Saturday 21st April at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, Downpatrick
2018 Ulster Superbike Championship continues next Saturday 21st April at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit for round 3. Unfortunately, we lost the Easter Monday round 2 at Kirkistown to the terrible weather, sometimes there are things out of our control and the weather is one of those. This coming weekend the Temple Motorcycle and Athletic Club Ltd promote the next round of the Championship.
Action at the Bishopscourt Racing Circuit will start at 9am for the scheduled practice sessions followed by Racing. All races will count towards USBK and the Irish championships. A 16-race program is on the cards for what will be an exciting days racing, once again we have competitors from Scotland, England and Ireland who will compete in nine race classes.
The Temple Club are well known for the promotion of the Temple 100 road race which was first held in 1921, the Temple 100 holds a prominent place in Irish road racing history, as it was the first ever pure road race situated in Northern Ireland.
Located between Saintfield, Temple Crossroads, plus the Belfast to Ballynahinch Road, the event provided competitors with a roads circuit, that had a mix of everything. This included bumpy roads, jumps, fast straights, late braking into corners and requiring a smooth riding style coupled with the obvious determination needed to seal race wins, It was somewhat similar to Bishopscourt circuit in riding style required but without the bumps and jumps !
Next weekend the Club will present the Temple 100 Cup to keep the famous road race title in the current race USBK calendar.
Entries for the Superbike class include 2017 Superbike Champion Charles Stuart, Ali Kirk, Gerard Kinghan 41st Enkalon Trophy Winner and current USBK championship leader, Adam McClean, Luke Johnston, Marty Lennon, Aaron Armstrong, Sam Johnston.
The 600cc Supersport is always one of the most keenly contested races of the day. The McGreevy Brothers Korie and Kia will be out to extend their lead over Jason Lynn who’s away in England on Thundersport Duty this weekend. Other riders who will try to spoil the McGreevy party are Mark Conlin, Christian Elkin, Joseph Loughlin, Kyle Cross, Jamie Rea and Simon Reid.
William Dunlop has entered the event and makes his first appearance on home soil with his Temple Golf Club Yamaha’s R1 & R6, William has been preparing for the up and coming Road Race season using the first few rounds of the BSB Championship for mileage.
Young Guns and Junior Cup classes which run concurrently have a strong entry this year with 18 entered, this class is for some of our youngest competitors who can start racing at 12yrs.
We have several other race classes on the program, Supertwins, Production Twins, Moto 3, Sidecars, Pre Injection, Lightweight Supersports plus the Cup classes. Trophy presentation will take place at the end of the days racing for overall podium positions.
We can also announce that Avon Tyres have agreed to run their Lightweight Supersport and Production Twins Championship as a private Championship for those who have registered for it. Avon will use their Championship for development and testing tyres under race conditions getting feedback from the competitors. The Avon Championship in 2016/17 was an Ulster Championship and the MCUI UC thank Avon for their continued involvement.
All this excitement can be enjoyed for just £10 per person admission and under 12yrs go free.
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit has catering, rest room facilities and a disable viewing area.
The circuit will be open from 4pm Friday 20th for paddock set up. Overnight camping is available at no extra cost.
Updates can be followed on our USBK facebook page, USBK Website http://ulstersbk.co.uk/ and Temple Motorcycle Club website https://www.templemotorcycleclub.com/