Final Ulster round heads to Laurel Bank!
Words: Malcolm Beattie
The 2017 Ulster Motocross Championships reaches its climax this Saturday at the picturesque old school track of Laurel Bank near Saintfield for the Temple Club Promoted Brian Bell Memorial final round.
As well as the prestigious and historic Brian Bell Memorial Trophy, the Club have worked hard to pick up some sponsorship for extra prize money which will be spread amongst the competitors, details will be announced at the riders briefing on Saturday morning.
The Nutt Travel Premier MX1 Class would seem to be Lisburn’s Richard Bird Championship to lose on his Five5Motorsport KTM as he leads Wicklow man Jim O’Neill on his similar machine by 73 points with 75 on offer on Saturday, so one finish in the points and the Lisburn man claims another Ulster Title.
Greyabbey Smoke Vent KTM rider Craig Brown has closed the gap in third to 27 points, while Banbridge’s Ryan Adair dropped to fifth on his Adair Building Services KTM, with Newtownards man Jordan Scott taking over fourth place only six 23 behind on his HTM Husqvarna, and Banbridge man Sean Devlin is sixth on his Honda.
In the Precise Protect Premier MX2 Class, Dundonald youngster James Mackrel leads the Championship by a slender 18 points on his KTM from Dubliner Jordan Keogh on his Kawasaki, Donegal teenager Aaron Gardiner lies third on his Honda 60 points behind while David Martin on the screaming 125 Husqvarna is only 18 points off Gardiner, both these lads promotions from the Semi Experts this year are having a great season, Karl Thompson & the injured Jason Meara round out the top six.
The Nutt Travel Semi Expert MX1 Class Josh McCorkell on his KTM leads Lurgan Man Mark Dynes on his Maralin Car Wash TW Dynes KTM by 33 points, Kevin Donnelly is 32 points behind in third, while fourth is Ciaran Boyle, fifth is Laurence Ruddock from Kilmore, while sixth is Frazer young.
In the Precise Protect Insurance Semi Expert MX2 Class, Kawasaki mounted Loughbrickland teenager Cailum Devlin leads on 325 points while second placed Paul Laverty is on 293, third is Magherafelt teenager Jake Hall on 262 points on his Husqvarna with Rhys Graham fourth on 250, Lurgan teenager William McBride on 217 is fifth and Nathan Hamilton rounds out the top 6 on his Yamaha on 186.
The Towergate Insurance Clubman MX1 Johnny Haywood has already clinched the Championship over Lurgan’s Barry Dummigan who seems secure in second place, with a 56 point advantage over Ian Dunlop but only4 points behind him is Darren Wilkinson, and Josh Rea only 11 points with another Lurgan man Terence McGlone sixth
The Laverty Motocross Clubman MX2 see’s Johnny Presho on his Honda with an advantage of 50 points over Darren McMullan with Chris Walsh third 25 points behind Walsh, Kealin McLoughlin holds onto fourth with Ruari Deegan & John Morrow fifth & sixth.
Racing will start on Saturday at 11.00 and the track will be signposted from the main Temple to Saintfield Rd entry will be £5 and under 14’s free.