The Honda VW & Audi BITZ BamBam Class grid continued to grow with the welcomed addition of Mini-Moto Riders, Leon Scott and Beau McCrory – both lads taking to their new machines seamlessly. Jay Coates also made an appearance having missed Round 1 due to commitments from his team in supporting older brother Rhys as he made his debut in the USBK Championship. The action was hot and heavy at the front of the pack with MX convert Lewis Mullen, Matt Davidson, Buster Sherman-Boyd and Jay Coates pushing each other to and, at times, beyond their limits. Race 3 however saw Mullen pull a gap taking the flag with a 10sec lead. Making an impressive and steady rise up the leader board was TAG Sponsored Rider Ryan Nolan and Ballynure’s Alfie Greer. Both boys’ not only reduced their lap times with each session but looked at ease and in control in their relatively new surroundings. Mathew Curry, having only first sat on a Motorcycle a mere 2 months previous continues to grow in confidence and race-craft and is clearly enjoying his new experiences with his increasing circle of Buddies. Bailey ‘Bomber’ Dobson made a cameo appearance in Race 2 & 3 after an offer to ride he just couldn’t refuse and handled the new machine like a pro. Tommy Ferris continues to put in impressive lap times and was rewarded with 6th in Race 1. Overall Results for Round 2 see Lewis Mullen on top with Buster Sherman-Boyd 2nd and Jay Coates in 3rd. If there was ever any doubt in the future of Motorcycle talent on these shores the ‘BamBamers’ have put paid to that.
The Temple Tree Services Junior Pro Class saw Freddie Cooke produce the fastest lap in Timed Practice from Fionn Stephens and Ruben Sherman-Boyd. Mechanical issues forced Fionn to miss out on Qualifying and Freddie pushed back a position by Ruben Sherman-Boyd. As the 9 strong grid lined up for Race 1 Stephens was again missing from the grid as his team worked frantically to get his machine running. Stephens would not be the only casualty of mechanical failure as Ruben Sherman-Boyd was forced to retire after only 1 lap. Younger brother Buster however would give Cooke a run for his money during their race long battle with Cooke taking the flag by a mere 0.042sec. Leon Scott chased the boys’ hard and crossed the line 2secs later. Tommy Ferris took his first ever Mini-Moto Race in his stride and came across the line in an impressive 4th place. Assistance from the Sherman-Boyd camp saw a return to the grid for Stephens in Race 2. Starting from the back of the grid following his mechanical issues during qualifying he made his way through the pack effortlessly, almost catching Ruben as they approached the line. Sherman-Boyd took the flag from Stephens and Cooke respectfully. Race 3 saw Stephens reduce his lap times by a massive 4secs and pull a gap on the remaining pack. His final result earned him 3rd Overall with Buster Sherman-Boyd 2nd and Cooke taking the Overall win. Leigha-Jane Browne, Paige Mullen and Sean Dagger, the least experienced of the group, continue to reduce their lap times and look more confident with each outing which bodes well for their season ahead.
The BMW Autoparts produced some of the most exciting and accomplished racing of the day. With a starting grid of 17 competitors it promised, and delivered, entertaining on-track action in all sessions. In the BMW Autoparts Junior Gearbox 125cc Class it was Ballymena’s Kai McClintock that would take 3 consecutive wins from Isaac Mark. Freddie Cooke whilst riding hard and earning himself a 3rd in Race 1 would be relegated to 4th in the remaining races by Fionn Stephens. Cody Miskelly had a productive day putting in 3 consistent performances whilst Joey Ferris went 5-4-5. Joe Harding and Matt Davidson continue to chip away at the gap from the front runners, an impressive achievement given their limited experience of the tarmac. Lewis Mullen, again not deterred by his handicap of power made his presence known achieving a 7th place finish in a class of 11.
In the BMW Autoparts Junior Gearbox 140cc Class Alexander Rowan, having earned himself Pole Position, would have to settled for 2nd in Race 1 following a determined ride from Matt McCord on board his AJM Car Sales Sponsored KTM65cc. Race 2 would see Rowan chased hard by Jack Ferris but still managing to pull a 3sec gap from Ferris and McCord in 3rd. Race 3 a carbon copy but for Ferris closing the gap slightly. Race 3 produced another photo-finish between Ruben Sherman-Boyd and Robert Ronan, with Sherman-Boyd awarded 4th from Ronan by 0.023sec. Newcomer Lee Hara put in an impressive debut and was on the pace from the get go. Rowan takes the top step from McCord 2nd and Ferris 3rd.
The MiniGP Class witnessed a triumphant return from IMC Snowflake Showdown Champion and USBK competitor Rossi Dobson. Rossi made it a clean sweep across the board taking Pole Position and 3 wins from 3 starts. Fellow USBK competitor Ajay Carey rode hard in each outing and came across the line in 2nd place. Burnside’s Richard McFarland earned himself 3rd Overall with consistent riding throughout the day.
Nigel Robinson took a clean sweep of The Hillhead Sheds VETS Class. Consistent riding was the key to 2nd place success for Graham Ronan, in spite of his dash to the line with Michael Thompson, which produced the closest finish of the day. Michael’s efforts in Race 3 earned him sufficient points to take 3rd Overall and the all important bragging rights between the good friends.
Hopeful of a successful return to The AJM Car Sales Senior Open, Jordan McCord would be left deflated. Having put his KTM85cc machine on Pole, Race 1 would see him forced to retire during lap 2 due to mechanical issues. Although able to return to the grid for Race 2 & 3 mechanical problems meant that the form he produced earlier in the day was no longer achievable. The Class was dominated yet again by James Thompson who earned himself The GCM&E Star Rider Award in the process. Nigel Robinson was again the competitor giving chase followed by Mark Featherstone in Race 1 and younger brother, Kenny, in Race 2 & 3. Thompson takes the Overall and maximum points with Nigel and Kenny the runners-up. One young competitor to look out for this season is young Gary Scott. Gary, fresh from his USBK Moto3 debut, put in an impressive performance amongst the 18 strong field and amassed 3 consecutive 4th place finishes against much more experienced competition.
In the IMC Senior Stock Class James Thompson would have to settled for 2nd Overall following issues with his machine in Race 1, Thompson forced to coast over the finish line. The win in Race 1 went to Ajay Carey from Nigel Robinson and Chris Moody in 3rd. Issues rectified, Thompson returned to take the win in the remaining races from Carey and Robinson. The Overall went to Carey with Robinson in 3rd.
Killian Ryan-Meenan celebrated a great day at the office taking the Overall in The Senior Stock Group 2 Class. Killian, having taken the first runner-up spot to Jonny Rainey in Race 1 and Michael Thompson in Race 2, went one better in the final race of the day and came across the line the victor. Jonny Rainey earns himself 2nd Overall with Michael Thompson in 3rd.
The RST Moto BAM award recipient was Matt Davidson – riding with great determination and skill, Matt clearly loves every minute of his time on track and it is infectious.
Our focus now moves to Round 3 of The Irish Minibike Championship which takes place on Sunday 5th May at Nutts Corner Karting Circuit.
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