Being the son of a former world champion motor cycle racer, can mean added pressure for one to perform, but not so for former BMX Freestyle rider Simon Reid.
Now in his second season of short circuit racing, coming from a dream start, when he won the Irish Short Circuit Supertwins championship at his first attempt.
A move to the much more competitive USBK 600 supersport class was another challenge for the Dromara rider.
As in his debut year, Simon approached each race with view to learning as much as he could, a change of machinery, more powerful 675 Triumph, new race lines had to be sussed etc.
His goal for the 2018 season was to aim for a podium finish in the 600 cup class.
But, being as competitive as his Dad Brian was, winning is the name of the game, and 19 year old Reid soon started notching up class wins, along with top six finishes amongst the Pro riders.
With last year being my first year racing short circuits he had no expectations but to go out and enjoy it, but as we head into the final two races at the Sunflower Trophy Race meeting, Reid mk2 lies 28 points behind leader, Jack Waring, with Ryan Fenton in second place, 12 points behind Waring and 16 ahead of Reid
Despite the fact that Simon has won 10 races so far this season, which includes podium finishes in the PRO races, but a spill at Bishopscourt, left him with a broken collarbone coupled with a few mechanical gremlins along the way, put a dent in his championship lead.
At the recent St Angeleo short circuit races, Reid managed to lead both Pro races, albeit only for a couple of laps, but this alone has shown just how far Simon has progressed since the start of the year, and no doubt has given him added confidence heading into the final two races.
And Simons view on the Sunflower event? “ I can’t wait to the Sunflower Trophy races and I hope I can finish the year on a high. I’ll certainly be trying my best! Massive thank you to Silicone Engineering for such a lovely bike this year & again Adrian at Thevisorshop.com for supporting me the best he can from the beginning! Quick thank you to all my personal sponsors for making this year possible”
Paddock will be open from 2.00pm!
Information for Competitors & Spectators;
The Sunflower Trophy race meeting which takes place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October,also incorporates the final round of the 2018 USBK Championships.This is a Two Day event,
Thursday 18th October ; Competitors will be admitted to the Paddock from 2.00pm,
Thursday 19th October; Spectators /Motorhomes etc admitted to Circuit after 6.00pm.
Practice and Qualifying will commence Friday 19th October @ approx 9.15 AM.
Five Races will take place on Friday afternoon.
Car Parking and Viewing on Hard Standing Everywhere.
Friday ONLY ; £15.00
Saturday ; £ 20.00
ALL Weekend ( inc Motorhomes) £25.00
Children Under 15 ; FREE
Admission includes Full Colour Souvenir Race Programme