MCRRCI Events 2022

Press Release 09/04/22

Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland promote the 46th Enkalon Trophy Races and round 2 of the 2022 Ulster Superbike Championship, this coming Saturday 16th April at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.  The club also celebrate their 60th year in promoting motorcycle racing.

Relatively a young club but have had plenty of experience in promoting races, first at Maghaberry then the first event at Aghadowey in 1975.

This event was dominated by the Armoy Armada of Frank Kennedy, Mervyn Robinson, Joey Dunlop. Mervyn won the Embassy Championship race from Joey. Frank went on to win the 500cc race and Mervyn the 350cc.  Ray McCullough was in the mix until he retired with machine trouble. The MCRRCI also was the first club to promote an event at the redesigned Bishopscourt Circuit on 14th March 1992. Leslie McMaster taking the inaugural win of the revived course on a Team Wood 350cc Yamaha.

We have attracted a superb entry for this prestigious Enkalon Trophy event. Attracting entries from England, Scotland, Wales, IOM and southern Ireland competitors. Leading the local entry is Carrickfergus Alastair Seeley who with the form he showed at round one of the championship, will be looking to be the first rider to win the Enkalon Trophy for the fourth time and do the double back-to-back wins! Carl Phillips 2019 Trophy winner will be trying to notch another win with Jason Lynn giving them both a challenge. Gary McCoy, Ryan Gibson, Aaron Spence, Matthew Caughey, Kyle Cross should be in the mix of runner up slots. Superbike Cup riders Daniel Matheson, David Ambrose, Alexander Clarke will be aiming for top ten finishes and podium of the Cup class.

   The Enkalon Trophy has the History of Irish Motorcycle Racing ingrained into it, previous winners such as McCullough, Hughes, Farlow, McClements, Rea, Irwin, Cowan, Robert Dunlop, McCallen, McCurdy, Swann, Seeley. A number of these riders have won it more than twice and it is Irelands longest running Trophy.

The featured 46th Enkalon Trophy is for the Superbike class will be contested over two 10 lap races with the overall point scorer collecting the Prize.

  Supersport class once again Alastair Seeley must be the favourite, Mike Browne was the only rider who was within a second of Seeley at round one. Mark Conlin, Christian Elkin, Joey Thompson should be chasing podium positions. Supersport cup riders Michael Gahan, Gary Scott, Keith Anderson, Eoin O Siochru rode well at round one and will be hoping to follow up on their performances. Its more than likely that the overall Supersport Cup class winners will come from the Pro races.

  The Production twins class also has a great entry, several riders could take the laurels, Gareth Morrell, Josh Rae and Tom Greenwood top the championship leader board after round one.  

Jeremy McWilliams leads the Supertwin championship from Ryan Gibson and Michael Gillan, so vital points are available on Easter Saturday. Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy rider Lee Hara is fifth in the championship will improve as the rounds click off.

The Easter Saturday event caters for Moto-One and SS300, classes which run concurrently, these classes is for some of our youngest competitors who can start racing at 12yrs. MCRRCI will be keeping a watchful eye on their Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy riders. Ruben Boyd, Kai McClintock, Callum Clint, Bailey Dobson, Cory Barron, Martin Burnett, Alex McCalmont and Dean Graham. All these young riders are names to watch out for now and in years to come. Some other young riders are Sammy jo Crossett, Nicky Burns. Ross Moore and Jack Burrows in the Moto 3 class.

Other race classes on the program, Pre-Injection, Lightweight Supersports plus the Cup races.  Podium presentations after the second race for Enkalon Trophy.

Bumper entry for the event of over 150 entries should make some exciting racing on the day!

Action at the Bishopscourt Racing Circuit will start at 9am for the scheduled ten practice sessions. Racing should commence approximately 11am and all races will count towards USBK championship.  

A 16-race program is on the cards for what will be a great day’s racing.

The circuit will be open from 4pm Friday 15th for paddock set up.  Overnight camping is available at no extra cost.              END.

We are now pleased to announce that the 46th Enkalon Trophy Races will return to its Easter Saturday traditional date on the motorcycle racing calendar, Saturday the 16th April. As always at the top class circuit of Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.

Admission at gate will be £15 pp encludes program

Payment per person and under 12yrs must be accompanied are FOC.

45th Enkalon Trophy Winner Alistair Seeley who previously won the Enkalon Trophy in successive years back in 2005 and 2006. Picture courtesy Pacemaker Press

The IFS David Wood Trophy Races will return in September as a two day event.

COVID 19 CODE OF CONDUCT

· You must not attend if you:

o have any Covid-19 symptoms (fever, cough, loss or changed sense of smell)

o receive a positive Covid-19 test result

o are required to self-isolate for travel or NHS contact and trace reasons

. Carry out your own personal health assessment and make sure that you are fit and well to attend, considering your own age, health status and clinical vulnerability.

· Ensure you maintain good hand hygiene at all times, use the hand sanitizer dispensers provided around the venue and avoid touching your face or any unnecessary surfaces.

· You must wear a face covering in all public covered areas, when not eating or drinking and especially when queueing, visiting toilets, walking along corridors etc.

· At all times and in all parts of the Race Circuit, you must observe 2m social distancing

· Avoid hugs, handshakes and any contact with people not in your household or support bubble.

· Follow all signage and instructions of marshals, staff or officials at all times.

· Make sure all walkways, corridors, gateways and doorways etc are clear before you walk through and do not stand in gangways or circulation routes.

· Do not enter any area if there is insufficient space to socially distance.

· Observe respiratory etiquette and always cover your mouth if needing to cough or sneeze.

We hope you enjoy your day. Thank you for looking out for each other.

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