Winter Supermoto Series
retains title in Clogher while Reid loses out
Ferries Prestige Champion David Farmer, leading his brother Keith.
courtesy of Philip Campbell
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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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