The Mourne Motorcycle Club hosted a combined and Ulster and Irish Quad and Sidecar Championship event at Seaforde Moto Park on Saturday19th August.
All points earned by competitors on the day counted towards both championships, with one more Ulster Championship round to follow and two more Irish Championship rounds for riders to fight for points.
The first class to the line was the Clubman’s Quads with Saintfield man Ben Colhoun’s Ulster Championship lead being spoilt when he only took points in one race. The first race was won by Ballykelly man Connor Canning, with Newcastle’s Stephen Mulholland in second, Lisburn man Dean Dillon in third and Colhoun taking fourth position in his only race on the day. The next two Clubman’s races were both won by Dillon, as Canning had two second placed finishes and Mulholland came home in seventh and third positions.
In the Sidecars class there were two Lisburn duos fighting for top positions in the Ulster and Irish Championships. Neil Campbell and passenger, Craig Parmenter won the first race, before taking second and fourth place finishes to lead the Ulster Championship. Following a second-place finish in race one Gary Moulds and passenger, Steve Kirwin won the next two races and they hold the lead in the Irish Championship ahead of the final two rounds.
The final racing of the day came from the Premier Quads class and the top points scorer on the day was Newry’s Emma McQuaid. A win in race one, followed by fifth and third placed finishes led to McQuaid becoming the first female competitor to win either an Ulster or Irish championship race and the first female to win overall on the day. Following disappointment in race one, after it ended on lap three, Banbridge rider David Cowan came back to win the final two races. Limavady man Michael McAnenay leads the Ulster Championship ahead of the final round after taking 11th third and ninth placed finishes, as a second and two fourth place finishes have given Justin Reid, from Comber, the lead in the Irish Championship.
Along with the adult classes there were three youth classes competing for Ulster and Irish Championship points on the day.
In the Junior Quad 50cc class, Coleraine’s Travis Toye comfortably won all three races.
The second Junior race was the 80/100cc class with three different winners. Mark Mulholland won the first race, followed by sixth and second placed finishes in races two and three. After finishing tenth in race won Ross Dillon won race two and came home in third in race three. The final race winner was Andrew Black, following second placed finishes in the first two races.
The final action from the Junior riders came from the 200/250cc class, with Lisburn rider Jack Young winning all three races.