The sidecars have always played a big part in the Sunflower Trophy meeting, and this year there is a quality entry, amongst them are newcomers, Michael Kirkup and Iain Souter
Kirkup, who began racing in 2010, but retired at end of 2011, and it was another years before he returned to the sport he so much loves.
The 34 year old self employed Car Body Repairer at DH8 Automotive began racing at Croft in 2010
From Leadgate in Co Durham, Kirkup just returned to the track this season on a LCR 600 F2 Suzuki
His regular passenger is Arlo brown, an 18 year old photography student from Lincolnshire, but due to university commitments for the Sunflower Trophy meeting, Michael is recruiting his good friend Iain Souter in the chair.
I spoke to Ian before he sets off to make his irish Debut this weekend and asked him to bring the Irish fans up to speed on his season so far!;
“In my return in 2018 we have competed in a few championships, having some great results, and many podiums, which passed our expectations for the first year back.
This year we have raced in
The Scottish championship, combined F1 and F2 outfits finishing 4th overall
Scottish sidecar club open F1 and f2 finishing 2nd overall
Scottish sidecar club F2 finishing 2nd overall
Marin cup open F1 & F2 finishing 3rd overall
Melville club open F1 & F2 finishing 4th overall
North east club f2 finishing 3rd overall
This is our first Sunflower Trophy Meeting, I was attracted to it by hearing others that had competed and spectated there, saying it’s a great meeting and the atmosphere is so welcoming!, So we just decided,we have to try it out for ourselves!!”
MkR doesn’t have any sponsors on board at the moment, and 2018 has been a struggle to meet the costs to compete at the level we want to and are capable of so over the winter period will be seeking sponsorship to aid us to join the FSRA British championship and be competitive in the f2 cup championship, we have had 2 wildcard entries into this championship this year and did really well getting on the podium with a 3rd place.
Thanks this year goes to my family for the support both financially and help with meetings, Mr Iain Souter for help with spares, tyres and repairs and of course my regular passenger Arlo, as without him the team couldn’t go on”
Photo Credits ; Neil Kirby