By Malcolm Beattie
The 2017 Ulster Quadcross & Sidecarcross Championship moves to another part of County Down this Saturday for Round 5 just down the road at Seaforde Motocross Park for the Mourne Club promoted penultimate round of the most competitive motorsport in Ireland.
The Sidecarcross Class is led by Neil Campbell & Craig Parmenter, the Lisburn based crew once on their WSP Zabel from Gary Moulds and Steve Kirwin on their VMC KTM by 26 points, the rest between their last outing in England will have given Neil’s thumb a chance to heal, but after the last race at Laurel Bank where then two crews fought out three Titanic battles, they will be hard at it once again at Seafordes fast hardpack.
Emma Moulds and Niki Adair are third on their VMC KTM 40 points adrift of wee brother Gary, but they have stretched their advantage over Dean Faulkner & Gordon Ringland on their WSP Zabel to over 40 points.
The Premier Quad Class has been dominated this year so far by Limavady man Michael McAneney who has a huge lead of 83 points over , Mayobridge’s Sean Goss is on his immaculate Yamaha, with Justin Reid from Comber 6 points adrift and Banbridge man David Cowan is in hot pursuit inn fourth, 8 points adrift.
Clubman Quads is led by Connor Canning who is having a real battle this year with Hillsborough British Junior Champion Dean Dillon, only a single point separate them, Tommy O’Donnell is 33 points behind Dean in third, with Stephen Mulholland, Sean McNicholl & Ben Colhoun rounding out the top six..
In the Youth Classes, the biggest capacity class for up to 250cc machines Jack Young leads on 216 points while second is newcomer and Loughbrickland native Josh McKnight on 204, while another quad riders son, Jordan Toye is third on 136, all sons of racing fathers in this top three, while Stuart McMullan is on 192 after two wins at Laurel Bank Jordan Toye is now up to fourth on 180 with, Alicia Green on 160 and Adam Blakely on 151 rounding out the top six.
In the 100cc Class, Andrew Black leads on 227 points followed closely by Ross Dillon is on 213 chased by Charlie Williamson on 187 each, and after his no show at Laurel Bank, Mark Mulholland has dropped behind Williamson on 157 points this highly competitive class produces some great racing from these surprisingly fast machines.
In the 50cc Automatic Class, Travis Toye continues his domination on 297 points while Dollingstown youngster Jacob Glenn is third 213 only 12 behind runner up Freddie Williamson third, its all to play for the podium positions.
Racing starts at 11.00, entry is £5 with Under 14’s free, and the track is signposted off the main Ballynahinch to Newcastle Rd near the Butterfly House.