20th November 2010
P&O Irish Sea
Winter Supermoto Series

Farmer retains title in Clogher while Reid loses out

P&O Ferries Prestige Champion David Farmer, leading his brother Keith. Photograph courtesy of Philip Campbell

DAVID Farmer, elder of the two racing brothers from Clogher, retained his P&O Ferries Solo Supermoto Championship trophy for the second year in succession despite the best efforts from younger brother Keith on Saturday at Kirkistown race track. David, was the dominate rider in the opening round of the Championship at the end of October when Keith was missing from the action having decided to forgo the Supermoto scene to concentrate on his short circuit career, but the lure of the new P&O Knock Challenge race, which was the brainchild of the organising Killinchy and District MCC, got him back on the trusty Aprillia and his sibling all the way in his efforts to retain his title.

David secured his Championship by winning the opening Prestige race of the day when Keith was a non finisher. He went on to take the first blood ahead of Carrickfergus man Jordan Bonar (another recent convert to short circuit racing), whilst ex short circuit rider and car drive, Magheramorne’s John McAndrew proved too hot to catch, forcing Gary Donohue into fourth place, ahead of McAndrew’s travelling partner, Phillip Wylie.

Despite taking the Championship victory and the overall race win on the day, it was Keith who did the winning in the second and third races, relegating David to second place on both occasions with Donohue consistent in third both times. In Race two it was McAndrew in fourth place ahead of Bonar and Wylie, whilst in the third and final of the main Championship races it was Bonar who moved up to fourth ahead of McAndrew and Wylie.

David Farmer took the overall win on the day ahead of Donohue and Bonar. Farmer secured his second P&O Ferries Solo Supermoto Championship with 144 points ahead of Donohue, Bonar and McAndrew, all of who where on 103 points but with the better final race score it was Donohue who was second from Bonar in third. Wylie was fifth on 91 points and Keith Farmer, despite only competing in the one round was 11th overall on 50 points.

Gareth Knox was the victor in the P&O Ferries Solo Clubman Supermoto Champion, taking three wins from three starts during the final round. In the opening race of the day, Knox took the win ahead of Craig McNeilly in second place with Supermoto newcomer, Josh Cunningham in third place. However Cunningham turned the tables on McNeilly in the final two races when he proved that he was taking to off road racing like a duck to water, this only being his second ever off road racing event.

A hat-trick off wins was enough to hand Knox the title with 27 points more than the runner up Cunningham. Barry Murphy who was a winner during the opening round was pushed back into third place on 116 points, just four points behind Cunningham’s 120, but nine points clear of fourth placed, McNeilly.

Both the Clubman riders and the Prestige riders were combined for the final P&O Solo Knockout Challenge race, where Knox took the battle right down to the final four before losing out to the Prestige riders, who took the top three placings and the £250 prize fund. David Farmer took the victory from Keith with Gary Donohue in third place ahead of Clubman Knox.

Moving to four wheels and the P&O Ferries Quad Supermoto Championship look likely to be Justin Reid’s Championship for another year, but it wasn’t to be, Reid was having a nightmare, failing to finish the first two races and was a non starter in the final Championship race, leaving the Comber man languishing back in sixth place in the Championship. With Reid relegated to the sidelines it was down to Omagh’s Mark Donnelly to pick up the winning mantle, taking the hat-trick of wins, with Cathal McCartan playing the runner up each time.

Niall O’Hanlon and Daniel McDermott shared the third place spots, with O’Hanlon taking third from Colin Forsythe in the opening race, whilst McDermott relegated O’Hanlon back to fourth in both of the other two races. The only lady competitor was in action in the quads also and Diane Hillis was seventh in the first race, before dropping back to 11th in race two but she was back on form in the final race, taking sixth.

On the day it was Mark Donnelly’s three race wins which helped him grab the overall day victory over McCartan and O’Hanlon and grab the 2010 P&O Ferries Quad Supermoto Champion with 141 points. McCartan grabbed second on 118 points with O’Hanlon delighted to take third place on 94 points ahead of fourth placed man McDermott on 88 points. Hillis ended up the day on 57 points.

In the P&O Knockout Quad Challenge it was Donnelly who finished his day with another win, holding off a determined Reid who was able to get his machinery going for the Shoot-out with McCartan in third place, taking the last of the £250 prize fund leaving fourth placed McDermott just missing out on the money.

Thanks to P&O Ferries the 2010 Supermoto Championship produced some excellent racing and two new Champions have been found and a title retained, everyone involved both P&O Ferries and Killinchy and District MCC are now looking forward to 2011 with a vision of some new to help enhance this already exciting Championship and carrying on one of the longest sponsorship deals in motorcycle racing.

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