Report and results: McLernon wins Ulster Quads Championship RD2 at Seaforde

Attentions turned to the second round of the Ulster Quads and Sidecar Championship which took place at Seaforde Motocross park, the circuit offered a slick, slippery and hard pack track for the riders.

When the gate dropped for the opening premier quad race of the day it was Dean Dillon who took the holeshot with Mark McLernon and Justin Reid in hot pursuit. McLernon was applying a lot of pressure but Dillon dealt with the pressure incredibly well and at around the half way mark it was McLernon who made a mistake – after colliding with a post he dropped back to third. Despite putting pressure on Reid it looked like he was going to have to settle for third due to it being so hard to overtake but he capitalized on a mistake to move into second. It was an emotional Dillon over the finish line as it was the first Ulster Championship moto race win of his career and he’ll be hoping it’s the first of many.

Dillon holds of McLernon in race one. Pic: Nigel McKinstry

In race two McLernon was out for redemption and he certainly didn’t disappoint. After taking the holeshot he ran into the distance carrying a lot of impressive corner speed. Scottish visitor, Murray Graham who was making his Ulster Championship debut was impressive as he came from fourth to second whilst trying to learn a new track. Reid came home in third with Dillon coming home in a distant fourth after a strong start. Aaron Haslett had an impressive race as he came home in a solid and comfortable fifth.

In the final race of the day it was more McLernon domination as he controlled the race from the front once again – he’s going to be very tough to stop in this form. After a disappointing race two, Dillon improved and crossed the line in second in what was a positive day for the youngster after winning his first race at this level as well as taking second overall. The experienced Reid came home in third as he edged out Graham and Haslett.

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In the Semi-Expert class it was Jack Young who took victory winning two out of the three moto’s with Kyle Orr taking the other race win.

Josh McKnight won the entertaining Clubman class edging out Fraser Mulholland who contested his first race in nine years and Matthew Gilchrist who secured third overall.

Riley Quinn (Auto), Connor Bradley (100cc) and Travis Toye (250cc) won the Youth quad classes.

There were no surprises in the Sidecar class with Neil Campbell and Ross Graham taking a hat trick of race wins from Jonathan Wilson and Andrew Rowan who were runners up in each race. Dean Faulkner and Curtis Beck secured third overall on the day.

Neil Campbell and Ross Graham on the way to a hat trick of race wins. Pic: Nigel McKinstry

The next round of the Ulster Quad and Sidecars series heads to Laurelbank hosted by Temple Club on the 10th of July which is set up for another great day of racing.

Overall Results

Premier Quads:

  1. Mark McLernon 72 pts
  2. Dean Dillon 65 pts
  3. Justin Reid 60 pts
  4. Murray Graham 58 pts
  5. Aaron Haslett

Semi-Expert Quads:

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  1. Jack Young 72 pts
  2. Kyle Orr 63 pts
  3. Sean Cassidy 62 pts
  4. Ben Carey 52 pts
  5. Ruairi McCloskey 22 pts

Clubman Quads:

  1. Josh McKnight 72 pts
  2. Fraser Mulholland 63 pts
  3. Matthew Gilchrist 53 pts
  4. Shane Hunter 52 pts
  5. Noel Bardly 47 pts

Youth Auto Quads:

  1. Riley Quinn 75 pts
  2. Jack McKane 66 pts
  3. Coin McOsker 60 pts
  4. James Brown 54 pts

Youth 100cc Quads:

  1. Connor Bradley 70 pts
  2. Rory Farren 69 pts
  3. Charlie McAllister 51 pts
  4. Freddie Williamson 40 pts
  5. Adam Gibson 38 pts

Youth 250cc Quads:

  1. Travis Toye 65 pts
  2. Ross Dillon 63 pts
  3. Jack Mish 55 pts
  4. Jamie Wilson 52 pts
  5. Tomas McNulty 44 pts

Sidecars:

  1. Neil Campbell / Ross Graham 75 pts
  2. Jonathan Wilson / Andrew Rowan 66 pts
  3. Dean Faulkner / Curtis Beck 60 pts
  4. Tony Willis / David Marley 50 pts
  5. Ky Addis / Cameron Addis 49 pts

Article: Andy McKinstry

Pics: Nigel McKinstry