LOCALS FEATURE ON PODIUMS AT IRISH MINIBIKE OPENER

THE Irish Minibike season got underway with round one of the Championship at Nutts Corner on Sunday.

In the opening race – the Industrial Chillers stock 140cc Group 1 class – Jack Burrows took the win from Rab McAuley and Jonny McAuley, with races two and three producing the same results.

Joel Haire won the opening race from Sean Dagger and Zack Turkington in the Road Racing Ireland Junior Gearbox class, before Haire made it a double in race two, followed home by Leon Simpson and Dagger. Haire then completed the triple in race three, winning from Dagger and Turkington.

The Tag Racing Ireland stock 140cc Group 2 race saw a win for Brian McGough from Zack Ramsey and Scott Girvan. Ryan Gates won race two from Ramsey and McGeogh and Ramsey clinched the final race from McGeogh with Neil Laverty third.

The Neil Robinson Memorial Trophy Junior Mini GP event provided some of the closest racing of the day with Fionn Stephens and Alfie Flynn going wheel to wheel for their races, swapping the lead consistently. At the end, Stephens just managed to get home first in all three races with Buster Sherman-Boyd in third.

Keilan Smith won all three Misano Moto Imports races in the Stock Veterans Cup event, beating Mark Hylands and Marty Lennon. Lennon claimed second place in race two and three from Hylands.

Joey Singleton won the opening Athboy Karting Centre Senior open race from Nathan Ingram and Ruben Sherman-Boyd. Singleton won race two from Ingram with Mark Carey in third. Carey took top step on the podium in race three from Chris McCallion and Ballywalter’s Callum Clint.

The Dualway Bam Bam races provided a win for Joel Haire in race one from Leon Simpson and Boyd Knipe. Knipe won race two from Cathel Casey and Coin Daley while Newtownards girl Ella Mosgrove was fourth in race one and fifth in race two.

The E.P.G Machinery Junior Elite class opening race went to Fionn Stephens from Buster Sherman-Boyd and Matt Davidson. Sherman-Boyd got the better of Stephens in race two with Davidson again third.